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Indianapolis Tennis Championships

Sports vision ripe for renewal

Effort needed to preserve venues
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 relevant

A dearth of name players, slumping attendance and an outdated venue have some in the local tennis community wondering if the Indianapolis Tennis Championships--formerly known as the RCA Championships--needs some serious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 tournament

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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