Professional tennis returns to the Suncoast starting Saturday with the stars of tomorrow at the Sarasota Open.
The Open runs Saturday, April 13 through Sunday, April 21 at the Longboat Key Club and Resort Tennis Gardens. Previous winners of the tournament include James Blake, Sam Querrey and Kei Nishikori.
The Sarasota Open is part of the USTA Pro Circuit, with a $100,000 pot up for grabs.
Tickets are still available and cost $10, $20 and $100 in addition to VIP and a nine-day pass packages available. (See below for VIP information). Tickets can be purchased at Tix.com or call 941-809-8996.
Bradenton resident and tennis coaching legend Nick Bollettieri will be honored at this year's event. Bollettieri, 81, has worked with tennis legends from Andre Agassi, Monica Seles to Maria Sharapova and the Williams sisters.
Bollettieri has operated his Nick Bollettieir Tennis Academy in Bradenton since 1978 and sold the operation to IMG Academy in 1987, but is still heavily involved with the tennis programs.
The Sarasota Open will name the women's tournament the Nick Bollettieri Sarasota Women's Open as part of honoring the tennis coach.
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Bollettieri will also have his name on a Pro-Am event featuring 16 players, and eight of them personally invited by Bollettieri, and the other eight from the Sarasota Open Tennis Tournament.
He also has a Nick Bollettieri Kids Day with the Stars where teens and kids 18 years old and younger will get to see Bollettieri and tennis stars entertain kids on April 20, from 10 a.m. to noon. Regular tickets for the event cost $20 to $1,000.
For more information, visit sarasotaopen.org.
Longboat Key Club and Resort Tennis Gardens
Tickets: $10 to $100
VIP Tickets: A VIP area which will include complimentary wine, beer and food all day long. The cost for the VIP area is $100 a day or $500 for the entire nine-day tournament. This ticket is in addition to the general admission tickets to enter the stadium.
To Purchase: Call 941-809-8996 or online at Tix.com.
Parking: $5 April 13 and 14 and $10 April 15-21 if parking on Longboat Key Club property. Free parking available outside of Longboat Key Club property.
For More Info: sarasotaopen.org.