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Melanie Oudin to wear personalized Mi Adidas Barricade 6.0 at US Open

PORTLAND, Ore. – August 23, 2010 – American tennis player Melanie Oudin will step onto the U.S. Open court in her one-of-a-kind adidas Barricade shoes she personally designed through miadidas.com,  adidas’ online shoe customization service.

The 18-year-old from Georgia designed her first pair of mi adidas shoes last summer prior to her exciting quarterfinals run at the 2009 U.S. Open.  Oudin wore “BELIEVE” on her Barricades and became the youngest American player to advance to the tournament quarterfinals in 10 years.

For the upcoming U.S. Open, Oudin has designed a new pair of Barricade 6.0’s via mi adidas and will wear “COURAGE” on her feet as she takes on the competition in Flushing Meadows.

“The reason I chose the word COURAGE is because in order to believe you have to have the courage to do so,” Oudin said.  “Courage to me means playing with no fear and going for it no matter what.  You can believe in yourself so much but unless you have the courage to go on the court and put yourself on the line every time you won’t make it.  You need courage and belief to make it to the top.”

Fans can make their own unique statement on-court by designing their own Barricade 6.0’s at www.miadidas.com.

Creating customized shoes traces back to adidas founder Adi Dassler, who strove to create the best performing footwear for athletes when he started developing shoes more than 60 years ago.  Today on www.miadidas.com, athletes can customize their own basketball, running, soccer and tennis shoes choosing from a wide array of colors, designs, materials and logos for thousands of possible custom sneaker combinations.  Focusing on fit, performance and design, mi adidas provides athletes with an easy three-step design process to create their ultimate personalized shoes.

JIMMY CONNORS WRITES FOREWORD TO CLIFF RICHEY BOOK “ACING DEPRESSION”

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Jimmy Connors, the five-time U.S. Open champion, has contributed the Foreword to the upcoming book “ACING DEPRESSION: A TENNIS CHAMPION’S TOUGHEST MATCH” written by his friend and former pro tennis colleague Cliff Richey.

Richey, who 40 years ago was the No. 1-ranked American tennis player and the hero of the 1970 championship-winning U.S. Davis Cup team, was the winner of the first-ever professional Grand Prix points title. In his book, due out in April, he discusses the most difficult opponent of his life, depression. Richey calls depression among adult males as “the silent tragedy in our culture today” and details his life-long battle with the disease that afflicts approximately 121 million people around the world. Co-written with his oldest daughter Hilaire Richey Kallendorf, ACING DEPRESSION ($19.95, New Chapter Press, www.NewC

hapterMedia.com), profiles the life and tennis career of Richey, with his depression being a constant theme.

Writes Connors in the Foreword, “What made Cliff Richey what he was on the tennis court has certainly carried over into this book. His story has taken a subject, depression—which has affected him personally—and put it out there for everyone to see. Depression has been a subject that no one really talks about. Few people even admit to having such a condition. But Cliff is not afraid to be bold and reveal what he has gone through and what it takes to get a handle on this disease…Just as Cliff played tennis, he is studying how depression works; what its weaknesses are; and what strategies you can use against it. His hope is that people who read his story can learn—learn about the disease and learn that people who suffer can have a better quality of life. Things can get better. There is hope.”

Richey was known as the original “Bad Boy” of tennis, before there was John McEnroe and Ilie Nastase. His 26-year career was highlighted by a 1970 season where he led the United States to the Davis Cup title, finished as the first-ever Grand Prix world points champion and won one of the most exciting matches in American tennis history that clinched the year-end No. 1 American ranking. He won both of his singles matches in the 5-0 U.S. victory over West Germany in the 1970 Davis Cup final, while he beat out rivals Rod Laver, Ken Rosewall, Arthur Ashe and Stan Smith to win the first-ever Grand Prix world points title the precursor to the modern day ATP rankings. He won his second U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championships in 1970, while also won titles in his career at the Canadian Open, the South African Open, the U.S. Indoors and the Western Open (modern day Cincinnati Masters 1000 event).

At the 1970 Pacific Coast Championships at the Berkeley Tennis Club in Berkeley, Calif., he earned the No. 1 U.S. ranking when he beat Smith in a fifth-set tie-breaker, where both players had simultaneous match point in a sudden-death nine-point tie-breaker at 4-4. He also reached the semifinals of both the 1970 French and U.S. Opens, losing a famous match to Zeljko Franulovic of Yugoslavia in the French semifinals, despite holding match points and leading by two-sets-to-one and 5-1 in the fourth set.

ACING DEPRESSION is due out in April and is published by New Chapter Press – also the publisher of The Roger Federer Story, Quest for Perfection by Rene Stauffer, The Bud Collins History of Tennis by Bud Collins, The Education of a Tennis Player by Rod Laver with Bud Collins, Boycott: Stolen Dreams of the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games by Tom Caraccioli and Jerry Caraccioli, The Lennon Prophecy by Joe Niezgoda, Bone Appetit, Gourmet Cooking For Your Dog by Susan Anson, The Rules of Neighborhood Poker According to Hoyle by Stewart Wolpin, People’s Choice Cancun – Travel Survey Guidebook by Eric Rabinowitz and Weekend Warriors: The Men of Professional Lacrosse by Jack McDermott, among others. Founded in 1987, New Chapter Press is an independent publisher of books and part of the Independent Publishers Group. More information can be found at www.NewChapterMedia.com.

In Indy: This Week in Tennis Business

  • Based on nationwide voting, the USTA announced that Independence, Kan., Midland, Mich., and Ojai, Calif., have been named finalists for America’s “Best Tennis Town.” The winning town will be announced during the 2009 US Open and will receive a $100,000 grant for community tennis programs and facility improvements. The second and third place winners will receive $50,000 and $25,000, respectively.
  • The USTA announced that IBM, the “Official Information Technology Solution Provider” of the US Open, has renewed its sponsorship with the tournament. The multi-year deal will allow IBM to continue maintaining USOpen.org through 2012. In 2008, the tournament’s website was visited 39 million times, a 33-percent increase from the previous year.
  • The USTA will partner with T&S Events to host its 2010 Australian Open wild card playoffs at the Racquet Club of the South in Norcross, Ga., December 4-7. This event will include an exhibition match featuring the No. 1 doubles team of Bob and Mike Bryan, as well as Mardy Fish and John Isner. Participants for the playoff will be announced at the completion of the US Open in September.
  • Bob and Mike Bryan will begin using Luxilon’s Big Banger ALU Power Rough 125 strings, after signing an exclusive contract with the Belgian-based tennis string company.
  • After three years without a title sponsor, The Indianapolis Tennis Championships “will not be able to do it (again) without a title sponsor,” Tournament Director Kevin Martin told the Indianapolis Star. In recent months, tournament officials have been seeking a company to becoming the event’s major sponsor. “I feel more confident today than I did two months ago because of the progress we’ve made in the discussions,” Martin said.
  • Former top 10 player Tim Mayotte has been hired as a national coach for the USTA Player Development program and will be based in Boca Raton, Fla.
  • Rising American tennis player Jordan Cox from Duluth, Ga., has signed with IMG Tennis.
  • Former top-ranked Australian and World No. 35 Nicole Pratt has been appointed the national women’s coach at Tennis Australia.
  • The USTA has announced that three tennis facilities in the Chicago area will make up new locations for the USTA Regional Training Center. In December, tennis facilities in Atlanta and Maryland were named the first two certified USTA Regional Training Centers.
  • The sixth season of the Olympus US Open Series got underway last week with American Robby Ginepri capturing his third career ATP title by defeating fellow American Sam Querrey at the Indianapolis Tennis Championships. Throughout the US Open Series, players will compete for more than $30 million dollars in prize money in the six-week North American hard court season leading up to the US Open, which begins August 31. ESPN2, CBS and Tennis Channel will air more than 200 hours of US Open Series matches.
  • The United States Professional Tennis Association’s (USPTA) Tennis Buying Show will be held on September 24, in Marco Island, Fla., at the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, Golf Club and Spa. More than 1,500 tennis industry representatives are expected to attend the event.
  • Advanta World Team Tennis officials issued fines to the New York Sportimes and Washington Kastles for unprofessional conduct of several players during a recent match. Individuals were also handed to New York’s Robert Kendrick and Washington’s Olga Puchkova.
  • The US Open, along with Queens Borough President Helen Marshall, announced that more than 700 temporary food service job opportunities will be available during the 2009 tournament. The full-time but temporary positions run from August 24 to September 13 and workers will earn $8 an hour plus overtime, as well as the opportunity to secure a year-round job when the tournament concludes.
  • 63-year-old Ray Ruffels has left his coaching position at the USTA National Training Center in Carson, Calif., to return home to Australia to coach top teenager prospects in the Australia Institute of Sport Pro Tour Program. Ruffels, a major influence in the careers of former top-ranked doubles players Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde, starts his new job next month.
  • Earlier this month, the International Tennis Federation announced that future Davis Cup finals must be held in major cities. The ruling was made after Argentina’s use of Islas Malvinas Stadium in Mar del Plata last November’s tie with Spain did not meet capacity requirements.

Kendrick Leads Early Commitments To Hamptons 20-Ball Open at Napeague

NEW YORK, June 10 – Robert Kendrick, the No. 5-ranked American tennis player, leads the early commitments to the inaugural “Gotham Tennis Academy Hamptons 20-Ball Open” to be held July 5 at the Napeague Tennis Club in Amagansett, N.Y.

This unique single day event will award a first-prize paycheck of $10,000 and features an action-filled, first-to-20-point match format beginning with a ground-stroke feed in lieu of a traditional serve. The event is open to both male and female players of all levels – professional and amateur. A qualifying tournament will be held on Monday, June 29.

Kendrick recently distinguished himself at the French Open in Paris, becoming the second-best performing American in the men’s singles tournament. Kendrick, who is ranked No. 76 in the world, reached the second round in Paris before losing to Gilles Simon of France. Joining Kendrick as early commitments in the tournament are Israeli Davis Cup star Dudi Sela as well as No. 6-ranked American Kevin Kim and tournament organizer and Gotham Tennis Academy touring professional Alex Bogomolov.

“Gotham Tennis Academy is excited to host this unique and fun event for tennis fans and players at the Napeague Tennis Club,” said Bogomolov. “The single day tournament provides a special opportunity to see professional players up close in a fast-paced, exciting-to-watch format. For non-professional players, this is a very rare opportunity to test skills against top level pros. If you are an amateur player who has ever wondered how many points you could get against a pro, we encourage you to put your game on the line and enter.”

The rules of each match in the high-action, fast-paced competition format are as follows:

* Feed below the waist to start the point, no “second serve” feeds.
* Player starts the point with a crosscourt feed.
* Players alternate feeding five consecutive points, similar to ping-pong.
* Players alternate feeding between the deuce and ad court every five points.
* Sudden death point at 19 all

Prize money will also be awarded to the tournament runner-up, who will earn $1,000, as well as semifinalists ($300) and quarterfinalists ($100). Entry fees are $100 for the main draw and $50 for the qualifying draw.

To enter the tournament, please contact Gotham Tennis Academy Hampton-20 Ball Tournament Director at 646-292-3511 or via email at [email protected]is.com. Complimentary transportation will be provided to and from New York City airports.

The Napeague Tennis Club is located at 2145 Montauk Highway in Amagansett, N.Y.  The club features four immaculately-maintained clay courts and one artificial grass court. The Napeague Tennis Club offers excellent tennis programming at reasonable prices including individual and family memberships, corporate memberships, adult and children’s tennis clinics, tennis parties, tennis camps and private tennis lessons. It is the preferred destination for tennis in the Hamptons because of its relaxed, family-friendly atmosphere, beautiful clay courts, close proximity to the beach, and reasonable prices. “Napeague is a very special place” says Tennis Director Brian Helm. “It’s an oasis of calm with high-level, state-of-the-art tennis programming for players of all levels.”

The mission of Gotham Tennis Academy is to provide friendly, personalized, high-performance tennis instruction in convenient facilities for Manhattan and Hamptons clients. In addition to operating the Napeague Tennis Club in the Hamptons, Gotham Tennis Academy has established a reputation for excellent tennis programming at three Manhattan locations — the Harlem Armory Tennis Center, the Midtown Tennis Club and the Riverside Clay Tennis Association. Gotham Tennis Academy offers tennis programs year-round to players of all ages and skill levels. Gotham Tennis Academy’s goal is to help each player improve all aspects of his or her tennis game. More information on Gotham Tennis Academy can be found at www.GothamTennis.com.