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Smash Magazine Renews Title Sponsorship of Top Junior Event

CHARLESTON, SC — One of only two premier junior tennis tournaments to offer top players the opportunity to compete for a wildcard invitation into a Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Tier I event returns to Charleston. The 7th annual SMASH State Open Clay Court Junior Cup presented by Chrysler will once again bring more than 400 regionally and nationally ranked juniors from 12 states (and Canada) to the Family Circle Tennis Center February 22-25, 2008.


The SMASH State Open Clay Court Junior Cup presented by Chrysler, which is sanctioned by the USTA, STA, and SCTA, is one of only five events in the state of South Carolina to have a Level 2 SC State Status. This tournament also has Level 4 Southern Tournament status, which translates to more ranking points per round than a standard SC tournament. The Family Circle Tennis Center will serve as host site, with additional matches held at the Mt. Pleasant Recreation Department’s Whipple Road facility, Snee Farm, The Daniel Island Club, and the College of Charleston Tennis Complex. The finals of each division are scheduled for Monday, February 25th at the Family Circle Tennis Center. An exclusive player’s party will be held Sunday, February 23rd at the Family Circle Tennis Center for all parents and tournament participants.


“We are very proud to once again be part of such an important and successful tournament which attracts many of the rising stars on the junior circuit today”, noted Matt Sheehan, Marketing Director of SMASH magazine. “The excitement of this premier event consistently draws top players who are looking for the opportunity to compete against some of the strongest competition in the country.” Sheehan added, “We are especially excited to have Chrysler join us as a presenting sponsor this year. Their support will allow us to further enhance what is already a very successful tournament.”

The SMASH State Open Clay Court Junior Cup presented by Chrysler is open to Girls and Boys ages 8-18, and features five categories each: Boys and Girls Singles 10, 12, 14, 16 and 18. The 10 and under division features a set 32 draw, the 12-18 divisions utilize a 64 draw, and all divisions offer first match losers consolation (FMLC) play. The winner of the Girls 18 division is awarded a direct entry into the Qualifying Draw of the 2008 Family Circle Cup with a wildcard invitation. Please use Tournament ID #704140608 to register on-line via TennisLink at www.usta.com through February 17th at 5:00 pm. There is a $55 player entry fee and registration is only available via TennisLink. For more information, please contact Nancy Heinz at charleston4me@bellsouth.net or Nikki Marsh at Nikki.Marsh@familycirclecup.com.

“SMASH magazine has its finger on the pulse of professional and junior tennis players throughout the country, and this tournament reflects the energy and enthusiasm of this important tennis publication,” noted Rob Eppelsheimer, Family Circle Tennis Center Director. “Entering the seventh year of this prestigious event, our partnership with SMASH magazine continues to make this a major tournament on the junior circuit.”

SMASH, a cutting edge magazine launched by TENNIS Magazine for teenage players, features behind-the-scenes access to the top tennis stars like Maria Sharapova and Andy Roddick, along with the latest fashion trends, gear reviews, instructional tips and junior rankings. SMASH magazine is published quarterly with a circulation base of 125,000, and is available on newsstands across the country. For more information on SMASH, visit www.SMASHtennis.com.

The Family Circle Tennis Center, home of the AVP Charleston Open and Family Circle Cup, is a public facility owned by the City of Charleston and operated by Family Circle Magazine that hosts a variety of events including concerts, festivals, tennis events and other special activities throughout the year. With over 21 million readers, Family Circle is one of the most widely read monthly magazines in America and is one of 14 leading subscription magazines owned by Meredith Corporation. The Tennis Center features a 10,200 seat stadium, a Grand Lawn, 17 tennis courts — all lighted for night play, and a racquet club featuring a full service Pro Shop and locker room facilities. The Family Circle Tennis Center has a full service event management staff capable of handling all aspects of an event including ticketing, operations, sales, advertising, marketing, public relations, and food & beverage. For more information on the Family Circle Tennis Center, or for a complete schedule of events, please call (843) 849-5300 or visit us on the web at www.familycirclecup.com.

 

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