Oudin Flies To AirTran Pact By Tennis Week
Friday, September 18, 2009
Melanie Oudin has taken an endorsement flight.
AirTran Airways, a subsidiary of AirTran Holdings, Inc., announced today it has signed the 17-year-old Marietta, Georgia native to the low-cost carrier's roster of sports
endorsers. The US Open quarterfinalist will be featured in radio spots and state-of-the-art billboards in Atlanta, where AirTran is the second largest carrier, and in other markets throughout the carrier's coast-to-coast network.
"Melanie Oudin has quickly become a household name in the world of tennis, and we are so proud of her accomplishments both on and off the court," said Tad Hutcheson, AirTran Airways' vice president of marketing and sales.
"Melanie joins a great lineup of celebrity endorsers including Indy Racing Star Danica Patrick, Atlanta Falcons Quarterback Matt Ryan, Atlanta Thrasher Ilya Kovalchuk and Indianapolis Colts Quarterback Peyton Manning just to name just a few."
In just her second US Open main draw appearance, Oudin rallied from one-set deficits to defeat fourth-seeded Elena Dementieva, 29th-seeded Maria Sharapova 13th-seeded Nadia Petrova before being eliminated in the quarterfinals by eventual runner
-up Caroline Wozniacki. Oudin was the youngest quarterfinalist at the U.S. Open since Serena Williams' appearance in 1999, and is now the third highest ranked American singles player behind Serena and Venus Williams.
"I am thrilled to have AirTran as a partner as I strive to reach my goals as a professional tennis player
," said Oudin. "It means so much to me that a local company is supporting me and I am truly excited about this partnership."