Platform Tennis to shine in Sin City

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Source: Platform Tennis Magazine, Vol. 9, Issue 4, March, 2008

On March 6th-9th , the sport of Platform Tennis will take it’s grandest stage as the sport travels to Las Vegas to be a part of the ATP Tour’s event called “The Tennis Channel Open”. This will mark the first time the sport has been associated with another professional event at the same time! The likes of defending champion Lleyton Hewitt, Fernando Gonzalez, Marcos Baghdatis, and The Bryan Brothers will compete on one stage as Platform Tennis will be a part of a side event called “Tennispalooza”.

0rganizers Jason Gray, Jean Kempner, and David Dodge (Premier Platform Tennis), along with the APTA, are proud to showcase the sport out west for the first time. The group has put together what they feel will be a unique one-of-a-kind, four-day event called “Platformpalooza”. The festivities will take place in Summerlin, Nevada, at The Darling Memorial Tennis Center. Along with “Platformpalooza”, spectators will also enjoy the Women’s USTA Pro Circuit Tournament, “Paddle Tennis” Championships, ITA Collegiate Tennis, USTA Jr. Tennis Tournament, Shotgun 21 Tournament, USTA Appreciation Day, Kids Day, Fabulous Las Vegas Night, High School Tennis Skills Challenge, and the Yellow & White Out benefiting the American Cancer Society & The Lance Armstrong Foundation.

“Platformpalooza” will consist of 4 days (Thurs-Sun) of various activities to bring awareness to the sport of platform tennis. The PPTA will be conducting daily (day/evening sessions) instructional clinics that will include some of the finest platform tennis instructors in the country. When clinics are not scheduled, fans will be treated to exciting exhibitions and an organized round robin tournament that will also feature some of the finest platform tennis player’s in the country. As a bonus for the round robin tournament, The Tennis Channel will attempt to provide a “Wild Card” team of ATP Touring Professionals to join the event and attract more exposure.

In addition to the on-court activities, volunteers from different regions of the country will be on hand to work an APTA booth and promote platform tennis throughout the entire facility. Spectators will be able to stop by the APTA booth to find out more about the sport, sign up for clinics, sign up for daily raffles, grab promotional materials (brochures, magazines, etc.), and check out the latest equipment.

As well as all the exciting activities that will be provided, the greatest exposure will come from guaranteed “LIVE” coverage that will be televised daily. This will be another first for the sport. As clinics are being conducted and matches being displayed the rest of the country will be able to watch with excitement, as the network will be viewing various segments of our activities each day.

When it’s all said and done, “Platformpalooza” will be the largest promotional platform tennis event in the history of the sport! To learn more about the event, please check out and click on “Special Events” or go to