The famous joke is that “Love means nothing to a tennis player” because “love” means zero in scoring; but here in Memphis, a city that boasts more United States Tennis Association members and players than any other in the Mid-South region, love means everything to the sport. Memphis holds a piece of tennis history and the elite distinction of being the first of only ten stops in the United States on the ATP World Tour. That’s right, there are only ten professional tennis tournaments held on U.S. soil and the Memphis Open presented by ServiceMaster is one of them! Even better, ours is the only tournament played at a private club, which means you’re up close and personal with Top 25 players blasting 150 mph serves!
Next year marks the 40th anniversary of the tournament held at the Racquet Club of Memphis. Famous American players like Jimmy Conners, John McEnroe, Pete Sampras, Jim Courier, Andre Agassi, and Andy Roddick played here and are all past champions. Already committed for 2016 is the young American, Reilly Opelka, who won the 2015 Wimbledon Boy’s Singles event, and the world champion doubles team of Bob and Mike Bryan, the Bryan Brothers. Rumor has it, the Bryan Brothers might be bringing their band and rocking the stage, as well as the tennis courts. Overall, the tournament has made exciting changes, like moving daytime matches to later in the afternoon and offering champagne packages with valet parking, perfect for date nights. Since proceeds benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, you can hit the trifecta of enjoying world-class tennis, supporting the sport and our community while also giving back, as well. The Memphis Open presented by ServiceMaster will be held February 6-14, 2016 and you can learn more at www.MemphisOpen.com.
As a special treat, tennis legend and former World Number One ranked player, Ivan Lendl will be coming to Memphis to celebrate the 25th anniversary of his men’s singles title. The public is invited to a FREE meet and greet with Lendl at Leftwich Tennis Center from 3 PM to 5 PM on Thursday, November 19. The event will feature open play opportunities, refreshments, autographs, and more, so bring your family and let’s celebrate tennis in Memphis!