Tennis Returns to Amelia Island in 2013
Amelia Island, FL – The Omni Amelia Island Plantation once again welcomes tennis enthusiasts to Racquet Park as the United States Tennis Association (USTA) announced the oceanfront resort’s fourth men’s $10,000 Futures tennis tournament will be held June 14 – 23, 2013.
A world-renowned tennis resort, the Omni Amelia Island Plantation is noted for its distinctive Southern setting under an umbrella of Spanish moss-covered live oaks. The field for the $10,000 Amelia Island Futures Championships, a USTA Pro Circuit event, will feature 32 singles players and 16 doubles teams. Rising men’s competitors will contend in the Amelia Island Futures Championships with players ranked as high as No. 250 in the world typically competing at the Futures-level events. Qualifying rounds for the singles main draw featuring an additional 128 players, begins June 14 and determines the final eight singles players. Complimentary main draw matches will be held June 18-21 with finals held June 21-23 with $10 ticket donations benefiting the Boys and Girls Club of Nassau County. The tournament returns to Amelia Island after a one year hiatus in 2012.
In addition to the tennis action, local children will have the opportunity to interact with the players at the Wilson Kids Day on June 15 and a ROGY Junior Tournament on June 23. The Wilson Kids Day will provide 100 children ages four and older the opportunity to play tennis with professional players from around the world. The complimentary event will be held from 12:00 p.m.- 2:00 p.m. and participants will receive a boxed lunch and event tee shirt. Children 14 and under can participate in a ROGY Junior Tournament on June 23 from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. for $20 entry fee. The ROGY Tournament is a condensed format experience and includes access to the men’s final set.
“The Omni Amelia Island Plantation is incredibly excited to host another USTA tournament full of fresh talent, like the Amelia Island Futures Championships,” said Scott Colebourne, director of tennis at the resort. “Racquet Park has a history full of tennis marvels and watching up-and-comers follow in their footsteps is just as exhilarating.”
For ticket, sponsorship or volunteer information, please call the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Tennis Pro Shop at (904) 277-5151.
About the USTA Pro Circuit
With approximately 90 tournaments hosted annually throughout the country and prize money ranging from $10,000 to $100,000, the USTA Pro Circuit is the pathway to the US Open and tour-level competition for aspiring tennis players and a frequent battleground for established professionals. The USTA launched its Pro Circuit 33 years ago to provide players with the opportunity to gain professional ranking points, and it has since grown to become the largest developmental tennis circuit in the world, offering nearly $3 million in prize money. Last year, more than 1,000 men and women from more than 70 countries competed in cities nationwide. Maria Sharapova, Andy Roddick, Caroline Wozniacki, James Blake, Li Na, Andy Murray and Mardy Fish are among today’s top stars who began their careers on the USTA Pro Circuit.
About the Omni Amelia Island Plantation
Celebrating the completion of an extensive $85 million re-imagination, the Omni Amelia Island Plantation is Florida’s award-winning island destination. Recognized for offering a luxury resort experience in perfect harmony with nature, the oceanfront retreat, located just north of Jacksonville, Florida, is nestled between the Atlantic Ocean, lush marshlands and the Intracoastal Waterway.
For more information, please call 1-800-The-Omni or visit omniameliaislandplantation.com.