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.
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.
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.
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.
A dearth of name players, slumping attendance and an outdated venue have some in the local tennis community wondering if the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.
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.
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.