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Tennis is back at Amelia Island

The $10,000 WOmen’s Tennis Championships beginS this weeK on Amelia Island

This USTA Pro Circuit event will be the first at the OMNI-Amelia Island Plantation

Amelia Island, FL – September 20, 2010 –
The 2010 Amelia Island $10,000 Women’s Tennis Championships, a USTA Pro Circuit event, begins this week at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation.

Sunday, September 26 – Monday, September 27: Qualifying Rounds
Tuesday, September 28 – Friday, October 1: Main Draw
Saturday, October 2: Singles Semi-finals and Doubles finals
Sunday, October 3: Singles Finals

“The women who will be playing here in September are at the top of their game, and we are looking forward to watching the next generation of great players. The USTA Pro Circuit events in the tennis world inspire community spirit like the best minor leagues of professional baseball,” said Kelly Gunterman, Director of Tennis at the OMNI Amelia Island Plantation and Tournament Director for the USTA Pro Circuit events.

Admission to the tournament will be free from Sunday through Friday. Saturday, October 2 and Sunday, October 3, the Fernandina Beach Rotary Club will sell the admission tickets ($10) onsite, to support their not-for-profit programs.

VIP tickets, which will include VIP tent and reserved seating for Friday, October 1- Sunday, October 3, are available for $75 per ticket. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Tennis Without Borders, helping students pursue life opportunities on and off the court.

Tennis Without Borders will also be accepting donations of used racquets (any size, any year, any style).

On Saturday, October 2, Brooks Rehabilitation will be onsite offering free orthopedic musculoskeletal screenings by a licensed physical therapist.

For tournament and ticket information, contact Kelly Gunterman at gunterman.kelly@aipfl.com, (802) 345-9842 or (904) 277-5145.

For interview and press information, contact Amy Tompkins, (914) 260-8407; atompkins@anypumpkin.com.

Please note: The Amelia Island Plantation was purchased by OMNI Hotels & Resorts earlier this month. The company plans to enhance the infrastructure through improvements in the hotel, golf, retail, meeting space and other amenities throughout the Plantation during the next few years


About Omni Hotels & Resorts

Omni Hotels & Resorts creates genuine, authentic guest experiences that take guests on “A Total Departure” to 45 distinct luxury hotels and resorts in leading business gateways and leisure destinations across North America. From exceptional golf and spa retreats to dynamic business settings, each Omni showcases the local flavor of the destination while featuring four-diamond services, signature restaurants, Wi-Fi connectivity and unique wellness options. Known for its award-winning, personalized service, Omni leaves a lasting impression with every customer interaction, with a heightened level of recognition and rewards delivered through its Select Guest loyalty program and the company’s “Power of One” associate empowerment program. The brand is frequently recognized by top consumer research organizations such as J.D. Power and Associates, which ranked Omni as “Highest in Guest Satisfaction Among Upscale Hotel Chains” in its 2010 North America Hotel Guest Satisfaction Index Study
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To get additional information or book accommodations, visit www.omnihotels.com or call 1-800-The-Omni.

About Amelia Island Plantation

Amelia Island Plantation, Florida’s natural island destination, is nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and the Amelia River, just 29 miles northeast of Jacksonville International Airport. The 1,350 acre resort property features 3½ miles of wide, uncrowded beach; 54 holes of golf (all Audubon International certified sanctuaries); a full service, holistic spa; 23 tennis courts; 20 pools; an old Florida-shopping village; state-of-the-art Health and Fitness center; 9 dining opportunities; and age-specific youth programs. The resort boasts more than 600 accommodations that range from deluxe hotel rooms in the all oceanfront, 249-room Amelia Inn & Beach Club to 1-, 2- and 3- bedroom villas featuring ocean, golf or resort views.

About the USTA Pro Circuit
The International Tennis Federation (ITF), the governing body for tennis on a worldwide basis, introduced an apprentice-level Circuit for men in 1976 and for women in 1984 in an ongoing effort to provide young players with an avenue to the international game. Today, there are more than 375 men's ITF Circuit events and 350 women's ITF Circuit events held annually in 80 different countries around the globe, including China, Iran, Kenya, Lebanon, Liechtenstein and Vietnam.

The USTA, the national governing body for tennis in the United States, is one of more than 200 national federations that are members of the ITF. Through the USTA Pro Circuit, which it owns and operates, the USTA stages the largest number of ITF Circuit events in the world. This year, players from more than 50 countries will be competing in 96 USTA Pro Circuit events for $3 million in prize money.

USTA Women's Circuit
Women's events on the USTA Pro Circuit consist of $10,000, $25,000, $50,000 and $75,000 tournaments. Each event has 32 players in the main singles draw and 16 teams competing in doubles. The $10,000 tournaments are entry-level events and give young players the opportunity to earn their first ranking points. The women who compete in them are usually juniors and college players, and players who may be as high as No. 250 to 300 in the WTA Tour rankings.

Frank Eaton is CEO of Frank B2B Communications, a business-to-business marketing and consulting company in Jacksonville, Fl. And a business sponsor of this tournament event. www.frankb2b.com

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