LEXINGTON, KY – The men’s side of the 12th annual Fifth Third Bank Tennis Championships, July 23-29, presented by the Lexus Store of Lexington, looks to have a hungry field of challengers from years past competing for this year’s title. Six of the likely top eight seeds played in last year’s $100,000 USTA Pro Circuit event. The Championships, held at UK’s Hilary J. Boone Tennis Complex, benefits Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital.
Bobby Reynolds, recently competing in the first round of Wimbledon, enters as the likely top seed in the men’s singles draw. Reynolds has had tremendous success at the Championships including a run to the finals in 2005. Brendan Evans looks to capitalize on his surprising run to last year’s semifinals where he narrowly lost to Amer Delic.
Two former NCAA champions will be competing in this year’s Challenger. Cecil Mamitt made history in his one season at Southern California by becoming the first freshman to win the NCAA singles titles since John McEnroe in 1978. Mamitt finished the season and his collegiate career with the nation’s No. 1 ranking. Kevin Anderson comes to the Bluegrass after being recently named the Big Ten Conference Athlete of the Year. Anderson, a junior at the University of Illinois, won the NCAA doubles title in 2006.
One of the world’s top young players will also be on display at this year’s tournament. Martin Klizan was the world’s top-ranked junior player in 2006 and enters the Championships as one of the fastest rising players on the circuit.
Several former competitors from the Fifth Third Bank Tennis Championships have been faring extremely well in this year’s Wimbledon Championships. 2006 men’s champion Lee Hyung-Taik advanced to the third round before falling to Tomas Berdych. Marion Bartoli is still alive in The Championships’ Ladies Draw, defeating Justine Henin today to advance to this weekend’s finals. Bartoli competed in Lexington in 2002.
The announcement of top women’s players for the Championships will be announced at a later time.
The official press conference announcing the 2007 Fifth Third Bank Tennis Championships, presented by the Lexus Store of Lexington and the top seeds for the tournament will be held on Tuesday, July 17 at 10:30 a.m. at the Lexington Tennis Club. For more information, please contact Jon Albaugh at 859.317.2206. Complete event info can also be found at www.game-seven.com and www.lexingtonchallenger.com.
The United States Tennis Association organizes, sponsors and administers the USTA Pro Circuit – the gateway to the U.S. Open and tour-level competition for aspiring tennis professionals, and a frequent battleground for established players. The 2007 circuit features nearly 100 events for men and women. Prize money at USTA Pro Circuit events range from $10,000 to $75,000 with more than $3 million in purses this year. Players also earn valuable ATP and WTA Tour ranking points.
Game Seven Sports Marketing, based in Lexington, Ky., is a sports marketing firm that specializes in event management, client representation, corporate consulting and network development. G7’s client base includes the University of Louisville, Tubby Smith, Steve Kragthorpe, John Pelphrey, Andy Kennedy, Herb Sendek and Travis Ford. G7 events include the Basketball Hall of Fame Challenge, the Fifth Third Bank Tennis Championships, the Ford Tennis Championships and the Nissan on Nicholasville Shootout.