2015 Memphis Open Tennis Tournament: Seven Insider Tips

Posted by Holly Whitfield | February 5th 2015 738 0

The Memphis Open is back at the Racquet Club February 7th – 15th, and this year is full of upgrades and updates to go with a shiny new name. Take a look at these seven insider tips for making the most of your trip to the tournament. (Ticket contest is over.)

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1. Go to the celebrity exhibition match on Monday, Feb. 9.

Before Opening Night matches, Tennis Hall of Famer Michael Chang and former No. 4 world ranking player James Blake will play a just-for-fun entertaining exhibition match. You can get a special ticket for dinner, open bar,  and meet 'n' greet with Chang and Blake. Bonus: cast members from the Lion King musical (which is now playing at the Orpheum) will perform.

2. Hit the M.O. Fan Village 

Inside the Racquet Club will be a "fan village" where you can eat, drink, shop for M.O. merch, and enjoy live music each night before the matches. There will also be a big screen in the Fan Village featuring social media interactions. You know everyone likes to see their Tweets on the big screen. (You can follow the Memphis Open on Twitter and Facebook.) 

Memphis Open Tennis Tournament Players

3. See some talent.

This year the Memphis Open's player field is full of some of the best tennis players in the world. We have No. 5 in the world Kei Nishikori from Japan back as the two-time defending champion, plus Kevin Anderson and John Isner, Nos. 15 and 18, respectively. Even if those names aren't familiar to you, you can count on some great tennis from some world-class talent. Go here to see a full list of the singles and doubles players scheduled to play at the Memphis Open.

4. Get player photos and autographs.

Because the Racquet Club is more intimate than other venues and the players don't use any secret tunnels to get around, it's easy to see the big deal athletes up close. Your best bet: wait outside of Stadium Court 15 to 20 minutes before the start of the match to snap pictures and be generally encouraging. If you're after autographs, repeat the process at the end of the match. Just don't be that guy who's bothering the players as they're trying to get ready to play.

5. Find a place to park.

Since the Racquet Club is located in the middle of the city, parking can be tough. You could park on Sanderlin, but the spots go quickly (and are $20). You could support the Boy Scouts by parking in one of the lots that they manage near the Paradiso and Clark Tower ($7-$10). Go here to read all the parking details.

If you're going over to that Sanderlin/Whole Foods/Paradiso area at all during the tourney (especially on the weekend) you might want to look into options like riding your bike, getting a friend to drop you off, parachuting, teleportation…In all seriousness,  just make sure you leave plenty of time to park for any activities in that area. 

Memphis Open 2015 Stadium Court Tennis Tournament
The new Stadium Court construction in-progress via Memphis Open on Facebook. Scroll to the bottom of this post to see a time-lapse video fo the court's transformation.  

6. Check out the new setup and features.

The Memphis Open (formerly known at the U.S. National Indoor Tennis Championship) is still at the Racquet Club in East Memphis, but the setup is going to see some improvements, including the new M.O. Fan Village (see #2 above), a reorientation of the court for more fan-friendly atmosphere, and new lighting for the Grandstand area. Portions of the proceeds of merch will go towards St. Jude, the official charity of the Memphis Open. Oh yes, and there's going to be more food this year. 

7. Skip paying for tickets by entering our contest.

*** The ticket giveaway is over! Congrats to our winners Paul, Sam, Aaron, and Colton ***

I'm giving away four pairs of tickets (all $25 value each). Here is what's available:
– 2 pairs for Feb. 9 at 11 a.m.
– 1 pair for Feb. 12 at 11 a.m.
– 1 pair for Feb. 12 at 7 p.m.

To enter, just comment on this post by 4 p.m., Friday, Feb. 6 and tell me which session you want. In order to claim the tickets, you have to be able to pick them up in person at the Memphis CVB (47 Union Ave.) downtown between now and the date of the tournament or meet me in midtown sometime before the tournament.

For more information about the tournament and the players and advance tickets go hereGo here for the full schedule and go here for all the ticket info.

 


Author: Holly Whitfield

I write about what’s going on with Memphis music, food, arts, events, sports, people, and culture. Memphians love Elvis and barbeque with a passion that must be seen to be believed, but there is so much more to this place.

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  1. Lee Johnson says:

    I would like to have the two pairs of tickets for the 9th or the one pair for the 12th at 7pm

  2. Aaron says:

    Huge fan of the website and the tennis tournament! I'd love tix to the Thursday night session!

  3. Rebecca says:

    Would love to win the  pair for Feb. 12 at 7 p.m!

  4. Maureen says:

    February 12 7PM!! 

  5. Brad Little says:

    I'd love to snag a pair of tix for the Feb. 12th session at 7 p.m!

  6. Katie says:

    I would love to go on Feb. 12th at 7pm!

  7. Travis Trumitch says:

    I would love the February 9th 11 AM tickets. Thank you for the offer.

  8. CarlyWill Sloan says:

    I would love the Feb 9th ones!

  9. Grant says:

    Huge fan and would be the highlight of my year to see some great tennis and support Memphis! Would love the Feb 12 at 7pm tickets!!!

  10. I would love to go to one of the Memphis Open matches, tennis is one of my favorite sports. Out of all the options, I can only go on February 17th at 7pm. Thanks! 

  11. Ann says:

    I would love the tickets for Feb 12th at 11 am.

  12. David Owens says:

    I would love the Feb. 12 tickets! Since I live out of the town, it's the only time I could go

  13. Elizabeth says:

    I would love to take my dad to a match. Any of those nights would be wonderful!! Choose901!! 

  14. Jenny P says:

    12th at 7, please!

  15. Micah says:

    Feb. 9, 11 a.m.!

  16. Josh Campbell says:

    I would like the 12th 7pm. But would take any that you want to give me.

  17. Ang says:

    I'd love to win a pair! I'd prefer the Feb 12th at 7pm, but I'll take & use any of them!

  18. Michele Walker says:

    I'm free for any of those matches and would love to win tix! Huge tennis fan! 

  19. Tim Francis says:

    I’d like to go Thursday 2/12 at 11am…thanks for the blog and the contest!

  20. David says:

    Would like to have the February 12 tickets for 7 pm.  Have friends who are from Japan and would love to go to the tournament to see Kei Nishikori.  

  21. Tina says:

    Thursday, Feb 12th 11am would be great for me and sister to attend. Thank you for the opportunity! 

  22. Britt says:

    Please please, can i have a pair for monday cause tuesday I'll work seven straight days and my poor valentine might suffer.

  23. Alyssa says:

    Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. please!  Would love the opportunity to go! My aunt and uncle come up for the tournament every year but I've never been able to join them.

  24. mimi blanton says:

    Thanks so much for all you do in promoting this great town! I’d love to go to either day session.

  25. Sasagu says:

    This would be my first ever tennis tournament.  I would love to go to the event with my son who is a young tennis player at Feb. 12 at 7 p.m.  Thanks for a great article recapping highlights and key informaiton.

  26. Corey Inboden says:

    Feb 12, 7 pm

  27. Melissa says:

    Feb 12th please 🙂

  28. jason says:

    feb. 12 7pm is after work for me so its only time i could go! as a new resident i would love to go to this! 

  29. rena chiozza says:

    Fun!!!

  30. Mustafa Motiwala says:

    The 12th at 7pm por favor.

  31. Andrew Bell says:

    Would value a pair for Friday at 7. I can take my 5-year old son, who I've ingratiated into playing tennis because there's evidence it helps with autism (he has a "smattering" of it). Please.

  32. Molly Polatty says:

    I haven't been to the tournament in years and would love to go to either session on Thursday. Thanks!

  33. Erin Clouse says:

    1 pair on 2/12 at 7 pm, please. 

  34. Jamie says:

    Feb. 12 at 7pm please!

  35. Pamela Williams says:

    Thanks for the opportunity! My husband and I would love to go Feb. 12 at 7 p.m.

  36. Christina says:

    I would “love” a pair tickets for the match on 2-12 @ 7pm!

  37. Kristin Walker says:

    Thanks for sharing! I'm itnerested in the Feb 12 7PM tickets. . .wishing myself luck!

  38. Lisa Chou says:

    I would love to have a pair of tickets for the Feb 9 @ 11:00am. I play tennis so I enjoy watching!

    Thanks!

     

     

  39. Andrew Bell says:

    Would value a pair for Friday night at 7 so I could take my 5-year-old son who I've ingratiated into playing tennis because there's evidence it helps with autism (he has a "smattering" of it). Please.

  40. Jennifer says:

    Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. would be a great treat! Never been.

  41. Paul Jewell says:

    Comment: Feb. 12  @ 11 am.

  42. Sam says:

    My son who is the ball boy in the tournament could not get me access to some tickets, so here I am begging you, would love to see MChang and JBlake's exhibition game. It would be fun to join this event. Monday is the only day I could go, because I will be out-of-town starting Tuesday thru Thursday!

  43. Rene Conley says:

    Feb. 12 at 7pm!!!

  44. Caroline Berry says:

    Would love tickets to the Feb 12 7PM session!

  45. Abigail V says:

    February 12 at 7pm!!

  46. D_veep says:

    I'd like to go Feb 12th at 11!

  47. Laura Matson says:

    Working parents want to see some tennis.   1 pair for Feb. 12 at 7 p.m.

  48. Nate says:

    Feb 12th, 7pm!

  49. pam says:

    I can go either day or time! Feb 12 at 7pm would be best tho! And thanks for all you do, love the ILM blogs!

  50. James says:

    I would love to go!

  51. karen ullman says:

    Thanks for all your great tips!!  i would love 2 pairs for Feb. 9 at 11 a.m!!  Sweet of you to pass them on to your readers.  Have a super day.  Karen Ullman

  52. Ellie Allen says:

    I would love the tickets for Feb 12. at 7PM!
     

  53. Caroline Goodman says:

    I would love the tickets for the 9th, and would be happy to share them with someone 🙂

    Thanks!

  54. Tracy Jones says:

    I would love to go Feb 12 at 7pm

  55. Jennifer Pollack says:

    I would love to go to the session on February 12th at 7pm. Thanks!

  56. Taylor Clark says:

    I think I might cry if I get to go February 12th at 7pm! 

  57. Shane Simpson says:

    I would absolutely love to attend the Feb 12th 7pm session! Please Please and Thank you.

  58. Blair says:

    I'm a teacher – so february 12th at 7pm would be an excellent end to next week!

  59. Nick Newsom says:

    Feb. 12 at 7:00. I want to cheer on Isner!!

  60. Chris miller says:

    Any session! 

  61. Colton Rickard says:

    I would absolutely love to go to the first round of the tournament on Feb 9th! If I am lucky enough to grab one the pairs available on that date, I will surely put them to good use! Thanks for offering these tickets – I love everything that ILoveMemphis does for the Memphis community. 

  62. Travis says:

    I mean sat Feb 12th at 7pm

  63. yvette says:

    feb 12 at 7pm

  64. Sarah says:

    I'd love to go Feb. 12 at 7 p.m.!!

  65. Lauren says:

    This has been on my Memphis bucket list. I would love the pair for 2/12 @ 7PM. 

  66. Jordan says:

    February 12th 11am, please!

  67. Jordan Wells says:

    I haven't been in a while! Looks like a lot of fun. Let me know if there are still tickets being given away. Thanks!

  68. Roxanne Kern says:

    how fun!!

  69. Lauren says:

    I'd love to go Feb. 12 at 7 p.m.! Thanks! 

  70. Christie says:

    I would like to go feb 12 at 7

  71. Bill Lee says:

    sounds fun

  72. Tu Cao says:

    Sounds fun

  73. Carlos Bosch says:

    I like going to the tournament. Tennis is a pretty exciting sport. I love hanging out in the fan zone mingling and drinking. I can go to any of the sessions you listed

  74. Ryan deady says:

    I'm not picky, going to any session sounds fun

  75. Aramis says:

    Tickets for any of the dates! Please and thanks!

  76. Debbie Kermick says:

    Feb 12 th 7pm please

  77. Elizabeth C. says:

    How awesome it is to have such a wonderful event in our Great City. Let's all show support to the 901 and show the World that Memphis isn't such a bad place.

  78. Stephanie Nagel says:

    I would love the tickets. I have never been to this tournament! Would be an awesome treat! Thanks for this opportunity!! Any  session is fine!

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