Top 3 Canadians to play in Newport, Rhode Island this summer!
Just after Wimbledon and before the highly anticipated 2012 Olympic Games, some of the world’s best tennis players will head to Newport, Rhode Island for the Campbell’s Hall of Fame Tennis Championships, the only ATP World Tour event played on grass courts in North America. Among this summer’s exciting player field in Newport will be the top-3 ranked Canadian players—current world No. 22 Milos Raonic of Thornill, Ontario; Vasek Pospisil of Vancouver, British Columbia who is currently ranked world No. 102; and Frank Dancevic of Niagara Falls, Ontario, the current world No. 120. After Newport, Raonic and Pospisil will head to the Olympic gams to compete for Team Canada. The tournament will be played July 9 – 15, 2012 on the historic grass courts of the International Tennis Hall of Fame, located in Newport, Rhode Island, a wonderful summer travel destination.
In celebration of the strong Canadian contingent in the draw, the Campbell’s Hall of Fame Tennis Championships is now offering a special ticket offer for Canadian fans. Tickets for the South Stand seats for the Monday – Thursday rounds will be $3 off with the promo code CANADA. Click to order on tennisfame.com or call 401-849-6053.
“We look forward to welcoming Canada’s best tennis players, Milos, Vasek, and Frank to Newport, and to delivering a great week of exciting pro tennis to the fans. With a very strong player field, this year’s Campbell’s Hall of Fame Tennis Championships is shaping up to be one of the best yet,” said Tournament Director Mark Stenning. “The tournament, our museum, and the great special events throughout the week, as well as the reasonable travel proximity to Canada make the tournament an incredible summer destination for Canadian tennis fans.”
Joining the standout top Canadians in this year’s Newport player field will be defending champion and current world. No. 11 John Isner, the record setting, 11-time Grand Slam champion doubles team, the Bryan Brothers; world No. 18 Kei Nishikori; and former world No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt. A fun-filled schedule of special events top of the action on court including free tennis clinics for all ages, tours through the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum, and a fashion show and champagne breakfast. Of course a highlight of it all will be the annual Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Saturday, July 14. At this grand celebration, the highest honor in tennis will be presented to former world No. 1’s Jennifer Capriati and Guga Kuerten, Spanish tennis star Manuel Orantes, tennis industry innovator Mike Davies, and wheelchair tennis great Randy Snow, who will be inducted posthumously.
The Campbell’s Hall of Fame Tennis Championships is hosted on the beautiful grass courts of the International Tennis Hall of Fame, which have hosted all the great legends of tennis dating back to 1881, when the facility hosted the first U.S. Nationals – the event that evolved to today’s US Open. Steeped in rich history, the fan friendly venue is often noted as one of the best places on tour to get close to the action. Every seat offers a great view, and it is not uncommon to see players stopping for autographs and chatting with fans. Off the court, visitors enjoy touring the fascinating Museum on the property, which chronicles the history of tennis from its 12th century origins through present-day, and showcases the remarkable stories of the 220 individuals from 19 countries who have been honored with Hall of Fame induction.
Rising star and Canadian tennis great Milos Raonic will be making his first appearance in the main draw at Newport this summer. At world No. 22, Raonic is the highest ranked Canadian player in history. After being named ATP World Tour Newcomer of the Year in 2011, Raonic set the tone for another exciting year ahead by defeating world No. 9 Janko Tipsarevic and world No. 10 Nicolas Almagro to capture his second ATP World Tour title at the season opener, the Aircel Chennai Open in India. He followed up that win by capturing the SAP Open title in San Jose in February, and then advancing to the finals at the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships in Memphis a week later. Last year, Raonic climbed from No. 156 at the start of the season to No. 31 at year-end, defeating some top players along including then No. 10 Mikhail Youzhny, then No. 12 Gael Monfils, and then No. 15 Mardy Fish. He picked up his first ATP World Tour title at San Jose, where he defeated Xavier Malisse, James Blake, fellow rising star Ricardas Berankis, and Gael Monfils en route to the final, in which he overcame then world No. 9 Fernando Verdasco.
Vasek Pospisil will make his first appearance in Newport this summer. The No. 2 Canadian has been an integral part of Canada’s Davis Cup efforts in recent years. Last year, he helped Canada come back from two rubbers down to beat Ecuador and advance to the World Group playoffs thanks to a pair of victories in singles and doubles with Daniel Nestor. Later that year, he won three matches to propel Canada to a 3-2 upset over Israel to qualify for the Davis Cup World Group for the first time since 2004. Also in 2011, he earned his first ATP World Tour level win, defeating then world No. 22 Juan Ignacio Chela at Indian Wells. Pospisil has won 10 Futures titles and one Challenger title in singles in recent years, as well as 10 Futures titles and six Challenger titles in doubles.
ATP World Tour veteran Frank Dancevic will be making his seventh appearance in Newport, having played every year since 2005, with the exception of 2011. Dancevic has been a leading member of Canada's Davis Cup team since 2002. In 2007, he reached a career high world No. 65, and he finished in the year-end top-100 in 2006 and 2007. Dancevic started last year in the mid-200s and has steadily made a climb in the rankings to his present world No. 120. A two-time finalist on the ATP World Tour, Dancevic has seen success on grass courts, having advanced to the semifinals in Newport in 2008 and the finals at Eastbourne in 2009.
For additional information and to order tickets, please call the Tournament Office at 401-849-6053 or 866-914-FAME (3263) or visit www.tennisfame.com.
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About the Campbell's Hall of Fame Tennis Championships
The Campbell's Hall of Fame Tennis Championships, an ATP World Tour event, will be held July 9 - 15, 2012 at the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum in Newport, Rhode Island. The tournament draws 32 top male players to Newport direct from Wimbledon to compete for the Van Alen Cup and nearly $400,000 in prize money. Hosted on the legendary grass courts of the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum, the Campbell's Hall of Fame Tennis Championships is the only ATP World Tour event played on grass in the Americas. In addition to exciting pro tennis, the week features numerous special events ranging from tennis clinics and family activities to the Angela Moore Fashion Show. A highlight of the week will be the Class of 2012 Induction Ceremony on July 14. At this grand celebration, the highest honor in tennis will be presented to former world No. 1’s Jennifer Capriati and Guga Kuerten, Spanish tennis star Manuel Orantes, tennis industry innovator Mike Davies, and wheelchair tennis great Randy Snow, who will be inducted posthumously. For additional information, visit www.tennisfame.com.