The Memphis Open Means More to the Memphis Community than a Week of Tennis
MEMPHIS, Tenn., – December 6, 2016 – While many people think of the impact of the Memphis Open as being a week of tennis every February for the last 40 years, its roots and impact are actually much deeper and ongoing.
“One of our goals at The Memphis Open is outreach and opportunities through the unique positioning we have as one of the few top level professional men’s tennis tournaments in the country,” said Erin Mazurek, tournament director for the Memphis Open. “Our impact is financial, charitable, educational and social. This impact goes deep into the Memphis community to a diverse audience well beyond the traditional tennis fans.”
The following are just a few of ways in which the Memphis Open impacts the Memphis community:
- Economic Stimulus through Tourism and Local Spending
- The Memphis Open is an economic stimulus for the greater Memphis community. Each year the tournament draws fans from across the nation and generates nearly 1,000 room nights in local hotels and thousands of meals in local restaurants. In 2016, the Memphis Open attracted ticket buyers from 30 states in the US! In addition, the tournament spends millions of dollars with local vendors for marketing, signage, catering, apparel, embroidery, décor and countless other services.
- Jude Children’s Research Hospital® Official Charity
- The Ball Kid program will once again benefit St. Jude with our 100 ball kids engaging in a peer-to-peer fundraising campaign. Last year the campaign generated more than $40,000. This year, FedEx has increased its sponsorship to include the Advantage St. Jude Ball Kid program also adding to the charitable contribution.
- Memphis Open All-Stars presented by BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Health Foundation
- Through this program, the tournament partners with Shelby Co. Schools and USTA Tennessee to provide a unique field trip program for up to 500 kids with inspiration, education and a racquet of their very own. Plus, 20 schools will receive equipment grants to have permanent tennis equipment donated to their physical education classes.
- Contributions & Support to Tennis Memphis
- Support of the National Junior Tennis League (NJTL) and the non-profit group running programming enables after school opportunities for kids in the community at the city of Memphis tennis facilities.
- The Memphis Open donates nearly 100 tickets to this group to ensure kids of all ages and opportunity levels are able to attend the Memphis Open and experience inspirational professional sports up close and personal.
- The support also allows Tennis Memphis opportunities to fundraise through the Memphis Open.
- Fundraising for the Boy Scouts
- The Memphis Open has for 10 years secured supplemental parking courtesy of Lightman Realty, then donated that parking location to Boy Scout Troop 75 to manage as an annual fundraiser. The Troop averages $9,400 in profit, totaling $94,000 in support of the kids over 10 years.
- Opportunities for Young Players in Memphis Open 10U Championships
- What started as a four-city Tennessee playoff for young children 10 & Under has now grown to a four-state competition. In the expanded format, it will give the top six boys and girls from each state a chance to participate in a team-style playoff during the Memphis Open. This group of 50 kids receive a private visit with the pros, are treated to player credentials and are gifted with free tickets compliments of the Memphis Open.
- Educational Opportunities for College Students
- The Memphis Open engages a new group of collegiate students each year in its educational internship program from across five Universities in Memphis; LaMoyne Owen College, University of Memphis, Southwest Community College, Rhodes College and Christian Brothers University. Successful internships have led to paid employment during future tournaments.
- Recruiting and Retaining Talent to Our City
- Several members of the Memphis Open team moved to the community from elsewhere in the country to work, and stayed on in Memphis to add to the fabric in the community.
Tickets to the 41st annual Memphis Open presented by ServiceMaster, are now on sale online and in person at The Racquet Club of Memphis. Tickets are also available at String ‘n Swing stores in Memphis, Nashville and St. Louis. Building on the success of the 2016 tournament, with more entertainment, special events, enhanced food, courtside champagne tables, as well as great professional tennis, the four and six seat boxes have sold out through advance sales and renewals. The Memphis Open has developed a wide variety of ticket options to fit the varied viewing and hospitality needs of fans. Suite sessions are available for purchase as well as 2 ten-person suite lease options. With tickets as low as $11.00, the tournament really is “Open For Everyone.” For a complete list of all options, visit MemphisOpen.com.
About Memphis Open Presented by ServiceMaster
The Memphis Open is one of the longest-running American tournaments on the ATP World Tour and the only indoor ATP event contested in the United States is scheduled to play its 41st year on February 11-19, 2017 at the Racquet Club of Memphis.
Men’s champions have included a “Who’s Who” of the tennis world: Andre Agassi, Jimmy Connors, Bjorn Borg, Jim Courier, Stefan Edberg, Ivan Lendl, John McEnroe, Andy Roddick and Pete Sampras. Doubles champions include three of the greatest tandems of the Open era: Bob and Mike Bryan, Ken Flach and Robert Seguso, and Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde, among others.
About GF Sports
After the successful completion of the Memphis Open presented by ServiceMaster in February 2015, GF Sports, LLC, a newly formed integrated event content company, formed by the New York-based financial management company GF Capital Private Equity Fund, and its founder Gary Fuhrman, along with long time sports executive, Jerry Solomon and his Lynnfield-based company, StarGames acquired the Tournament. GF Sports has committed to reinvigorating the Memphis Open brand and bringing back the love so many local, regional and national fans have enjoyed over the last 40 years.