Indianapolis Tennis Championships

Tennis groups seek to save some IUPUI courts

June 5, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
The U.S. Tennis Association is asking Mayor Greg Ballard and IUPUI Chancellor Charles Bantz to save some of the courts at the Indianapolis Tennis Center, which is scheduled to be demolished just days after it closes Aug. 5.
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UPDATE: Tennis Center set for summer demolition

April 30, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Sources close to the university said they expect a combination of parking facilities and a multi-use athletics venue and convocation center to be built on the site.
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Atlanta dates set for former Indy tennis event

December 17, 2009
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
As first reported by IBJ on Nov. 28, the men's tennis event that is leaving Indianapolis is heading to Atlanta, the ATP confirmed.
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BENNER: Ninety years of tennis history ends with a thudRestricted Content

December 5, 2009
Bill Benner
Say goodbye to tournament tennis in Indy. I feel bad for all those who invested their time, effort and money into sustaining the presence of world-class tennis here.
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USTA confirms local tennis event likely headed to Atlanta

December 4, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
Officials for the Indianapolis Tennis Championships announced Friday afternoon that they have sold the sanctioning rights for the local tournament back to the ATP Tour.
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Tennis officials set to reveal tournament buyer

December 4, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
Sources told IBJ last week that the U.S. Tennis Association Southern Section was in serious negotiations to buy the event and move it to Atlanta.
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Tennis officials confirm sale of tournament

November 30, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
Officials with the Indianapolis Tennis Championships confirmed that they are selling the rights to host an annual men's professional tennis event that has roots in Indianapolis dating back to 1920.
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Sources: City will lose professional tennis tournament

November 28, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
The Indianapolis Tennis Championships—formerly known as RCA Championships—appear to be dead, with the ATP Tour dates being shipped off to Atlanta for 2010 and beyond.
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Tennis tournament goes on advertising offensiveRestricted Content

February 23, 2009
The Indianapolis Tennis Championships (formerly the RCA Championships) has for the first time hired an advertising agency to boost ticket sales.
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Track, tennis venue at IUPUI eyed for demolition

December 22, 2008
Anthony Schoettle
Long-range plans for IUPUI unveiled this month call for the demolition of the Michael A. Carroll Track & Field Stadium and Indianapolis Tennis Center, raising questions about the future of sporting events held at those venues that have generated tens of millions of dollars in economic activity for the city.
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Sports vision ripe for renewalRestricted Content

December 22, 2008
If the city is serious about continuing to use amateur athletics as an economic tool, more collaboration among the university, city leaders and sports organizations is clearly needed.
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Once-thriving tennis tournament struggles to stay relevantRestricted Content

July 21, 2008
Anthony Schoettle
A dearth of name players, slumping attendance and an outdated venue have some in the local tennis community wondering if the Indianapolis Tennis Championships--formerly known as the RCA Championships--needs some serious re-stringing. Attendance at the nine-day event, which ran July 12-20 this year, was on pace through July 16 to be at a 20-year low. But attendance is far from the tournament's only challenge.
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Lilly rescues tennis tournamentRestricted Content

July 2, 2007
Anthony Schoettle
A major sponsorship upgrade by local drugmaker Eli Lilly and Co. and a quartet of new corporate partners has helped the Indianapolis Tennis Championships stem its losses after the departure of its title sponsor.
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RCA ends 15-year run as sponsor of tennis tournamentRestricted Content

November 20, 2006
Anthony Schoettle
After a 15-year run--the longest on the ATP Tour's North American Circuit--Thomson Consumer Electronics' RCA brand is ending its title sponsorship of Indianapolis' professional men's tennis tournament.
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Players' desire to shorten season could doom RCA ChampionshipsRestricted Content

July 17, 2006
Anthony Schoettle
Officials for the WTA, which represents women professional players, and the ATP, which represents men, are considering shortening the lengthy tennis calendar by imposing a short offseason-possibly a three-week, midyear respite that would collide with the RCA Championships.
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