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Isner, Harrison Commit To Play Newport

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Harrison© Getty ImagesRyan Harrison has committed to play in Newport.

Defending champion John Isner and fellow American Ryan Harrison have committed to play at the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships in Newport.

Tournament Director Mark Stenning commented, “With our defending champion John Isner slated to return, along with Ryan Harrison in the player field, it will certainly be a great week of tennis to kick off the summer swing of the ATP World Tour in the United States after Wimbledon. These players compete all over the world each week, and we are very pleased to be able to bring them to the sports fans here in Rhode Island.”

Since 1977, the facility has hosted an annual ATP World Tour event that is now the only grass court tournament in the Americas, and the only ATP World Tour event in the Northeast. In a press conference today at the Rhode Island State House, it was announced that the 2013 Hall of Fame Tennis Championships will be proudly sponsored by a consortium of global companies in multi-year deals including Rolex, Chubb Personal Insurance, EMC Corporation, Alex and Ani, and Corona.

Currently ranked World No. 13, Isner has been the No. 1 American player since the middle of 2012 and he has been a leader on the US Olympic and Davis Cup teams. At the 2012 Hall of Fame Tennis Championships, Isner defeated former World No.1 Lleyton Hewitt in the final to capture his second straight victory in Newport. Including his 2012 and 2011 titles at Newport, Isner has a total of five ATP World Tour singles titles and three doubles titles to his name. Known for his huge serve and powerful ground strokes, Isner, who is the second tallest player on the ATP World Tour at 6’9”, is a fan-favorite at Newport and always delivers exciting tennis for fans.

Harrison, who has consistently been a rising star in the past several seasons, closed out the 2012 season very strong, having improved his year-end ranking for a fifth straight season to finish at No. 70, winning a personal-best 23 matches, and advancing to three semi-finals—including Newport. At the US Open, 20-year-old Harrison and his brother, 18-year-old Christian, advanced to the quarter-finals in doubles. Harrison picked up his first ATP World Tour title in Newport in 2011, partnered with Matthew Ebden. The pair also won the doubles title at Atlanta in 2012. Harrison has kicked off the 2013 season off with a strong start, jumping eight places in the rankings to his current No. 62 spot, after making it to the quarter-finals at the Apia International Sydney last week.

Complementing a full week of exciting ATP World Tour tennis, special events during the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships include junior tennis clinics, a pro am with the ATP World Tour pros, family activities, and more.

A highlight of the week is always the Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony, when the highest honor in the sport of tennis is presented to great champions and leaders in the sport. The nominees for 2013 enshrinement are former World No. 1 Martina Hingis, Wimbledon champion Michael Stich, doubles specialist Helena Sukova, Australian tennis legend Thelma Coyne Long, ESPN’s Cliff Drsydale and tennis industry leaders Charlie Pasarell and Ion Tiriac. The International Tennis Hall of Fame Class of 2013 will be announced on 4 March at Madison Square Garden as part of World Tennis Day. The Enshrinement Ceremony will be held on Saturday, 13 July, just prior to the semifinals of the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships.

A pre-sale for tickets for the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships and Class of 2013 Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony begins Friday for Hall of Fame Members. In addition to the pre-sale, Hall of Fame Members receive $5 off all tickets for Monday–Thursday, $5 off weekend tickets at certain membership levels, and an array of other great membership benefits during the tournament. Tickets will go on sale to the General Public on Friday, 1 February at 10 a.m.

Tickets and Hall of Fame memberships may be purchased by calling 401-849-6053 or online at www.HallofFameTennisChampionships.com.

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