Tony Driscoll is a busy man these days. The director of the Hurricane Tennis Center in Sarasota, Florida, is? hard at work putting the finishing touches on his second annual $50,000 USTA Pro Circuit event, the All Star Children's Foundation Sarasota Open.
"The excitement level in Sarasota and southwest Florida is already high and we are still six months from the beginning of the tournament," said Mr. Driscoll. "The All Star Children's Foundation Sarasota Open will only continue to grow becoming even larger each year as well as becoming an anchor event for southwest Florida and Sarasota."
Now in its second year, the All Star Children's Foundation Sarasota Open is quickly developing into a major clay event for professionals preparing for the grueling clay courts of the French Open.
The intimate setting at the event offers spectators a front-row view to world-class tennis that is unique among major tournaments in the U.S. And the close proximity to the on-court action make the All Star Children's Foundation Sarasota Open a tennis experience like no other.
This year the All Star Children's Foundation Sarasota Open will take place at the newly constructed Tennis Gardens at the Longboat Key Club in Longboat Key, Florida.
The facilities will include 20 state-of-the-art Hydro-Grid clay courts, a 7,200 square-foot clubhouse, a tennis pro shop, locker rooms, meeting rooms and a wellness-themed restaurant. The Tennis Gardens also feature a state-of-the-art stadium court with seating for 5,000 and lights for evening events.
"The intimacy of this event is unique, due to the design of the new 4.5 million dollar stadium at Longboat Key Club, that is being built to host the All Star Children's Foundation Sarasota Open," said Mr. Driscoll. "And with new? stadium design technology, the box seats are high off the ground giving spectacular views to watch the best players in the world perform."
The All Star Children's Foundation Sarasota Open is also a successful fundraising event with charities benefiting the All Star Children's Foundation, the Warren Foundation and Taking Back Lives. Hurricane Tennis will also be hosting a variety of events leading up to and during the Open to benefit these charities as well.
"The All Star Children's Foundation Sarasota Open is much more than just a tennis tournament with our charity events to benefit the All Star Children's Foundation and the Warren Foundation," said Mr. Driscoll. "Additionally, we have activities for all ages occurring while the tournament is going on: a fashion show, Wii console gaming competitions and shopping for all with an on-site apple store available for all patrons to enjoy."
With plans already in the works for upgrading the Sarasota Open to a $75,000 event, it looks like Tony Driscoll's work day is going to get even longer.?
2009 All Star Children's Foundation Sarasota Open
The 2009 All Star Children's Foundation Sarasota Open takes place May 9 - 16 at the Longboat Key Club in Longboat Key, Florida. The $50,000 USTA Challenger event will attract some of the top players and media coverage in the world to the Sarasota area. Immediately after the event, most of the players will fly directly to Paris to compete in the 2009 French Open.
Longboat Key Club
Longboat Key Club and Resort is a 410-acre beachfront resort and private country club located on the barrier island of Longboat Key, just off the coast of Sarasota, Florida. The resort and Islandside golf course property are bordered on the west by the Gulf of Mexico, and the Harbourside golf course and Longboat Key Club Moorings are bordered by Sarasota Bay on the east.
With an emphasis on privacy, exclusivity, and personalized service, Longboat Key Club and Resort is a true luxury vacation destination offering tennis, golf, fitness facilities, Island House Spa, private beach access, a 291 slip deep-water marina and five gourmet restaurants at one property. Part of a beautiful tropical island paradise, resort guests will feel pampered and away from it all, but are still a convenient driving distance from local area attractions, shopping, dining, cultural events and two international airports.
Hurricane Tennis Center
The Hurricane Tennis Center, which opened in 1998, is quickly becoming the premiere destination for elite tennis.
Over the last 10 years, the Hurricane Tennis Academy has grown to become one of the top teaching and developmental academies in the world. Based in the beautiful Sarasota/Bradenton, Florida area -- one of the junior hotbeds in the world -- Hurricane Tennis has developed a reputation of excellence and integrity for developing young players.
Along with their junior and adult academies, Hurricane Tennis has also lead the industry in facilities and membership management.
For more information on Hurricane Tennis Center and the All Star Children's Foundation Sarasota Open, visit HurricaneTennis.com.