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Tri-City Medical sponsors Mercury Insurance Open

Carlsbad, Calif. — Tournament officials announced today that Tri-City Medical Center in Oceanside, a full-service, acute care hospital, has been named presenting sponsor for the 2010 Mercury Insurance Open. The women’s professional tennis tournament will take place July 31 through Aug. 8 at the La Costa Resort and Spa.

Tri-City Medical Center, which was founded in 1957, serves the healthcare needs of coastal North San Diego County including most of Carlsbad, Oceanside and Vista.

“Tri-City’s mission is to improve the health and wellness of our community,” said Larry Anderson, CEO, Tri-City Medical Center. “Partnering with such a wonderful, international sporting event, in our community, gives us a great opportunity to convey the message to everyone we serve that we are dedicated to helping them lead healthy, active lives.”

A charity event to benefit Tri-City Medical Center will take place on Thursday, Aug. 5, from 5 to 7 p.m. during the Mercury Insurance Open at the La Costa Resort and Spa. The evening will include; cocktails, an opportunity to meet former and current players, a charity auction and admittance to the tournament’s night session.

Proceeds from the event will fund equipment for the Women’s Diagnostic Center at Tri-City Medical Center that provides minimally invasive diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer. For ticket information, call (760) 930-7032.

“We are especially thankful to be the beneficiary of the charity auction. The money we raise will help us offer advanced detection and treatment options to the women of our community” Anderson said.

“The Mercury Insurance Open is very grateful to have a world-class healthcare institution like Tri-City Medical Center as presenting sponsor,” said Raquel Giscafre, tournament director. “We are looking forward to our charity event on Aug. 5, which will benefit the Medical Center and its fight against breast cancer.”

Reserved Grandstand and Box Seat tickets, which range from $10-$125, are now available online at mercuryinsuranceopen.com or through Ticketmaster at ticketmaster.com. Tournament Ticket Packages are also on sale and begin at $70.

Special ticket discounts are available for members of the United States Tennis Association (USTA) and the La Costa Resort and Spa. For additional ticket information or to purchase tickets by phone, call (760) 930-7032.

The Mercury Insurance Open, a Premier 700 Sony Ericsson WTA Tour event offering $700,000 in prize money, marks the return of women’s professional tennis to Carlsbad after a two-year hiatus. The event will be televised on the Tennis Channel and ESPN 2, and will comprise one of the 10 events of the Olympus U.S. Open Series.

About Mercury Insurance: Founded in 1962, Mercury Insurance (MCY) is a multiple-line insurance organization offering predominantly personal automobile and homeowners insurance through a network of independent agents and brokers in California, Florida, New Jersey, Texas, Arizona, New York, Georgia, Oklahoma, Illinois, Michigan, Nevada, Virginia and Pennsylvania. For more information about Mercury Insurance, visit mercuryinsurance.com.

About Tri-City Medical Center: Founded in 1957 to serve the healthcare needs of coastal North San Diego County, Tri-City Medical Center is a full-service, acute care hospital with (500) physicians practicing in 60 specialties. The Medical Center is administered by the Tri-City Healthcare District, which includes most of Carlsbad, Oceanside and Vista. For more information about Tri-City Medical Center, please visit tricitymed.org.

About the USTA: Now in its seventh season, the Olympus U.S. Open Series has established itself as a true regular season of hard court tennis, linking 10 summer tournaments to the U.S. Open. Fans can follow the action with nearly 200 hours of live television coverage, culminating each week with back-to-back men’s and women’s finals every Sunday afternoon. Players battle for more than $37 million and a chance for bonus prize money at the U.S. Open. In 2008, Olympus became the first title sponsor of the Series. The Olympus U.S. Open Series is also supported by sponsors American Express, Evian and Grand Marnier.

Sam Querrey won the 2009 Olympus U.S. Open Series men’s title and Elena Dementieva won the women’s title. In 2007, Roger Federer collected the biggest paycheck in tennis history — $2.4 million — for winning the U.S. Open and the Olympus US Open Series. In 2005, Kim Clijsters captured both the U.S. Open and the Olympus U.S. Open Series, winning $2.2 million — the largest purse in women’s sports history.

About Octagon Tennis: Octagon has a rich and proud history in the sport of tennis, having managed the careers of 63 Grand Slam Champions and 11 Olympic gold medalists over three decades. In addition, Octagon owns or manages more professional tennis events than any other agency with WTA and ATP events including the Kremlin Cup, Brasil Open, the Movistar Open and the Western & Southern Financial Group Championships, which is also part of the Olympus US Open Series, among others. For more information, please visit octagontennis.com.

 

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