Towering, 6’ 9”, rising American star John Isner has been granted a wildcard into Pilot Pen Tennis presented by Schick, an Olympus US Open Series event on the ATP World Tour and Sony Ericsson WTA Tour to be held August 21-29, 2009 at the Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale, it was announced today by Anne Worcester, tournament director.
This summer Isner has shown why he is one of the brightest young American stars in the game today reaching the quarterfinals of Los Angeles and semifinals at Indianapolis and just this past weekend at Washington, D.C. where he lost to top-ranked American Andy Roddick in three hard-fought sets. The match was reminiscent of 2007 when he lost in the finals to Roddick in his second-ever ATP World Tour level event. With his recent performances in Olympus US Open Series events, the hard-serving Southerner has climbed more than 40 places in the rankings to No. 55 and is only 50 points from reaching the top 50 for the first time in his career. This will be his third consecutive trip to the Pilot Pen.
Isner joins a cast of players in the Pilot Pen fields that have had incredible summers thus far including American Sam Querrey, who reached the finals of Newport and Indianapolis before winning at Los Angeles, 2006 Pilot Pen champion and World No. 8 Nikolay Davydenko, who won back to back tournaments at Hamburg and Umag, Croatia, World No. 12 Flavia Pennetta, who won at Palermo, Italy and just this past weekend in Los Angeles, World No. 13 Marion Bartoli, who defeated World No. 3 Venus Williams to win at Stanford, Sybille Bammer, who won at Prague, and Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez, who defeated World No. 8 and defending Pilot Pen champion Caroline Wozniacki to win at Bastad, Sweden.
In addition to these players, World No. 9 Gilles Simon, World No. 16 Tommy Robredo, World No. 19 David Ferrer, two-time Pilot Pen finalist and World No. 23 Mardy Fish, American wildcard recipient Taylor Dent, World No. 14 Agnieszka Radwanska, former World No. 1 and two-time Grand Slam champion Amelie Mauresmo and World No. 16 Dominika Cibulkova will also participate in the event.
“We now have a quartet of American men in the field, and the possibility for adding more exists through qualifying and with two remaining wildcards still to be granted” said Worcester. “Just as exciting is the fact that so many tournament winners this summer are already committed to the Pilot Pen. Querrey, Davydenko, Bartoli and Pennetta, just to name a few, are playing as well as anyone in the world right now.”
For tickets, how to become a volunteer, or more information about the tournament, please call the Pilot Pen Tennis Box Office, 888/99-PILOT, 203/776-7331, or log on to www.pilotpentennis.com.
About Pilot Pen Tennis presented by Schick
Pilot Pen Tennis presented by Schick, an Olympus US Open Series event on the ATP World Tour and Sony Ericsson WTA Tour, will be held August 21-29, 2009 at the Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale and feature 2006 Pilot Pen champion and World No. 8 Nikolay Davydenko, World No. 9 Gilles Simon, World No. 16 Tommy Robredo, World No. 19 David Ferrer, a quartet of Americans; two-time Pilot Pen finalist and World No. 23 Mardy Fish, rising American star and World No. 26 Sam Querrey, and wildcard recipients John Isner and Taylor Dent, World No. 8 and defending champion Caroline Wozniacki, World No. 12 Flavia Pennetta, World No. 13 Marion Bartoli, World No. 14 Agnieszka Radwanska, former World No. 1 and two-time Grand Slam champion Amelie Mauresmo and World No. 16 Dominika Cibulkova. The 2008 Pilot Pen, whose champions are Caroline Wozniacki and Marin Cilic, drew more than 81,000 spectators and was televised nationally for 16 hours on ESPN2 and CBS Sports. An economic impact study conducted in 2008 showed that the event generated an estimated total gross economic impact on the New Haven regional economy of more than $26 million.
About the Olympus US Open Series
The Olympus US Open Series brings together the 10 summer tournaments in North America, three television networks, tennis’ sanctioning bodies and top corporate sponsors during the summer tennis season. In 2008 the Series continued its enhancements to the sport, including more national TV hours, live back-to-back Finals every weekend, bonus prize money at the US Open, and a significant national marketing campaign.
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