Texas Tennis Open Announces Early Player Commitments

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Player List Currently Includes Six Players Seeded at The Championships at Wimbledon

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The fact that many of these top players are currently playing, or seeded, at Wimbledon provides a great opportunity for spectators at the Texas Tennis Open to see incredible professional tennis right here in North Texas

The 2011 Texas Tennis Open, which will feature many of today’s top WTA professional tennis stars - six of which are seeded at this year’s prestigious Wimbledon- including Julia Goerges of Germany, Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium, Shuai Peng of China, Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia, Jarmila Gajdosova of Australia and American Bethanie Mattek-Sands, announced today its player field continues to grow.

The inaugural event, which is part of the WTA Tour, is considered an ‘International Level’ tournament with prize money of $220,000, and features a singles draw of 32 players and a doubles draw of 16 teams. The tournament, which will play host to an international field of players, will take place August 20 through August 27, 2011 at the Hilton DFW Lakes Hotel in Grapevine, Texas.

“The current list of players committed to this event makes it the strongest women’s field we’ve seen at a professional-level event in Texas since the mid-1980’s,” said Ken McAllister, United States Tennis Association (USTA) Texas Executive Director. “The fact that many of these top players are currently playing, or seeded, at Wimbledon provides a great opportunity for spectators at the Texas Tennis Open to see incredible professional tennis right here in North Texas,” McAllister added.

A partial list of players (and WTA ranking) committed to the tournament includes: Julia Goerges (16), Yanina Wickmayer (19), Shuai Peng (20), Dominika Cibulkova (24), Jarmila Gajdosova (28), Bethanie Mattek-Sands (31), Gisela Dulko (40), Sabine Lisicki (62), Sorana Cirstea (86), Melanie Oudin (87).

“We are very pleased with the current players who have committed to our event,“ said Chris Giordano, Texas Tennis Open Tournament Director. “Our goal from the very beginning was to build a tournament that will attract the greatest players in the game to North Texas for the fans, and I believe we are meeting our objectives in our first year,” he added.

About the Players
(Partial list of players currently committed to play the Texas Tennis Open)

Julia Goerges -- rising star who has gone from #40 in the world at the end of 2010 to #16 -- 5 WTA singles and doubles titles -- most recently in Stuttgart in April beating Sam Stosur (#10) and Caroline Wozniacki (#1).

Gisela Dulko -- part of the number #1 doubles team in the world -- 21 WTA career singles and doubles titles including a 2011 Australian Open Doubles Title.

Yanina Wickmayer -- currently #19 in the world -- 3 career WTA singles titles

Shuai Peng -- #2 ranked Chinese player rising from a WTA ranking of #72 at the end of 2010 to currently #20 - wins this season over fellow countrywoman Na Li (#4 in the world and current French Open Champion) and Vera Zvonareva (#3 in the world).

Dominika Cibulkova -- currently #24 in the world -- wins this season over Wozniacki (#1), Zvonareva (#3) and Maria Sharapova.

Bethanie Mattek-Sands – #31 WTA ranking, U.S. Fed Cup team member, headline grabbing U.S. player who was featured in USA Today at the WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party in a dress designed by Alex Noble, (Lady Gaga’s dress designer).

Melanie Oudin -- U.S. teenager who has been a fan favorite since coming on the world tennis stage with her quarter final appearance at the U.S. Open at the age of 17.

Sabine Lisicki -- defeated #4 ranked, French Open Champion Na Li at Wimbledon. After being hurt for much of 2010 she is quickly moving back up the WTA rankings and has 3 WTA titles including her recent singles win in June of this year at Birmingham (a lead-up event to Wimbledon).

Texas Tennis Open tickets and ticket packages are currently being sold through Ticket Master, or through the Texas Tennis Open Ticket Office at http://www.texastennisopen.com/tickets, or by calling (817) 313-3428.

About the Texas Tennis Open
The Texas Tennis Open, an International level Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) event offering $220,000 in prize money, will feature a 32-player singles draw and a 16-team doubles draw in 2011. The inaugural event will be held one week prior to the prestigious US Open, and will feature an outstanding field of international players including Julia Goerges, Yanina Wickmayer, Dominika Cibulkova, Shuai Peng, Bethanie Mattek-Sands, Gisela Dulko, Melanie Oudin, Sabine Lisicki and Irina Falconi. For more information about the Texas Tennis Open go to the tournament’s website at TexasTennisOpen.com or follow us on Twitter or Facebook.


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