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Hey All,


How about that badminton? They even have it in doubles. LOL! I used to play it when I was a young girl.

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THE WORLD’S FIRST NON-GENDER DISCRIMINATORY TOURNAMENT


Men and Women to Compete in Same Pre-Qualifying Event for Potential Berths in Tennis Channel Open and The Mirage Cup main draws

Open to All, Anyone Who Competes Thursday, Feb. 23, Has Chance to Play Way Into Main Tournament Events

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 15, 2006 – Panasonic presents The Tennis Channel Open – the tennis event owned and operated by The Tennis Channel – announced today that it will stage a first-ever professional tennis tournament in which men and women will compete in the same event playing against each other. Moreover, winners will earn wild card spots in the qualifying tournaments for the ATP men’s tournament and women’s The Mirage Cup main draws, set for Feb. 27-March 5, 2006 at the Amanda and Stacey Darling Tennis Center in Las Vegas.

The mixed-gender tournament will be contested using a unique “Shotgun 21” format that eliminates the serve and return to create faster matches and a higher concentration of exciting points. In addition to no overhand serves, “Shotgun 21” applies other rules used in table tennis – matches played to 21 points and players alternating serve every five points. This format was created by Steve Bellamy, president and founder, The Tennis Channel, at the Palisades Tennis Center in Los Angeles.

Of particular interest, the “Shotgun 21” qualifiers on Thursday, Feb. 23, are open to all men and women who enter, regardless of skill level, tennis credentials or experience. This means that, in theory at least, a recreational tennis player could walk onto the court that morning and face America’s top men’s tennis player and one of the world’s best – Andy Roddick – within days.

Qualifications for the “Shotgun 21” take place on February 23, with the Shotgun 21 main draw contested on February 24. Two men and two women players will earn wild cards into the qualifiers of the men’s and women’s professional tournaments. Players interested in registering for the “Shotgun 21” qualifying tournament can register by February 20, at www.TennisChannelOpen.com.

“We’ve said from the start that the Tennis Channel Open and our accompanying “Tennispalooza” festival will present an event like nobody has ever seen,” said Bellamy. “People who have played this unique format love it, as will those who try to earn a spot in the main Vegas tournament draws. ‘Shotgun 21’ is just one of the many things we are doing to make Panasonic presents The Tennis Channel Open special for players, fans, our television audience and the entire tennis community.”

Though the potential exists for men and women to compete against each other in the same draw of the “Shotgun 21” tournament, the scoring format gives male and female competitors an equal chance to advance in their respective competitions. All female players who lose to a male competitor will go into a consolation bracket where they will compete against other women for the chance to earn a wild card into the qualifiers for the women’s The Mirage Cup tournament.

Panasonic presents the Tennis Channel Open is a star-studded tennis event with an ATP men’s tournament that features Andy Roddick, Lleyton Hewitt, James Blake and Nicolas Kiefer, plus the world’s top-ranked doubles team, defending US Open champions and 2006 Australian Open champions Bob and Mike Bryan. In addition, 16 top women will compete in The Mirage Cup – an ITF tournament with the likes of former Wimbledon semifinalists Alexandra Stevenson and Jelena Dokic.

The men’s and women’s professional tennis tourneys are just a piece of the overall “Tennispalooza,” however, a lifestyle festival of racquet sports. Other activities include the Wilson World Stringing Championships, a USTA Juniors Championship, A Paddle Tennis World Championships, Stiga Table Tennis Championships, A Professional Air Hockey Tournament and an assortment of Murrey Parlor Games, including pool and foosball tables, air-powered table hockey and table tennis for fans to play for free all week long.

Tickets for the first men’s professional tennis tournament in Las Vegas in more than 15 years are going fast. Limited tickets for premium seats and the bleachers remain for the men’s and women’s semifinals on Saturday, March 4. Bleacher seating remains available for the finals on Sunday, March 5.

Individual tickets and ticket packages can be purchased by phone at 888-TCO-TIXS (888-826-8497) or online at www.tennischannelopen.com. In the Las Vegas area, tennis fans can buy tickets at Station Casinos, Fiesta Properties, Galleria Mall and the Thomas & Mack Center at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. UNLV Tickets is handling ticket sales for the tournament.

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Strange...
 

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I love me some badminton :) its a great sport. Possibly 2nd to the tennis.
 

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shit, i think my groundstrokes are really good, my serve isn't great...i wish i could play in the tennis channel open, how UNBELIEVABLE would that be
 
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