2003 Nasdaq-100 Open Info
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Agassi, Williams Sisters Lead Stellar
... Top 78 men, 75 of top 78 women to play in Miami
MIAMI (February, 2003) - The NASDAQ-100 Open announced that the top 78 men's
players in the world and 75 of the top 78 women's players have been entered
into the 2003 event, set to take place March 19-30 in Miami. For tickets, call
"We look forward to hosting an incredible field and having another great
event," said Tournament Director Adam Barrett. "It is a credit to Miami, and
all who work around the NASDAQ-100 Open that great players come back year
after year and enjoy playing here. We try to provide the players with a
relaxed environment and an opportunity to experience all Miami has to offer
while focusing on playing tennis at the highest level."
The women's field will once again be among the best all season. Defending
champion Serena Williams and her sister Venus, the top two players in the
world, are both back. The NASDAQ-100 Open will once again be the only
full-field tournament in the U.S. outside of the U.S. Open where fans can
see both Williams sisters in action.
Two-time NASDAQ-100 Open finalist Jennifer Capriati, two-time champion
Monica Seles, WTA Tour year-end champion Kim Clijsters and Justine
Henin-Hardenne are all poised to challenge Serena's hold on the NASDAQ-100
Open title. Making her return to the NASDAQ-100 Open is Lindsay Davenport, a
finalist in 2000 who missed the 2002 tournament due to injury.
The men's tour is equally competitive, a mix of young stars and the old
guard who are not quite ready to step aside. Andre Agassi, coming off his
win at the 2003 Australian Open, is set to go after his third straight
NASDAQ-100 Open title and record sixth overall. Agassi has the distinction
of being both the youngest (19 in 1990) and oldest (31 in 2002) NASDAQ-100
Agassi will once again face an elite field of challengers, including U.S.
Open champ Pete Sampras, a three-time winner in Miami, world No. 1 Lleyton
Hewitt, Australian semifinalist and local favorite Andy Roddick and 2002
finalist Roger Federer, who defeated Hewitt in last year's semifinals. Back
this year will be three-time French Open champion Gustavo Kuerten. The
popular Brazilian missed last year's event after undergoing hip surgery but
is back on tour and playing well.
Heading into its 19th year, the 2003 NASDAQ-100 Open will be played March
19-30 at the Tennis Center at Crandon Park in Miami. The tournament, founded
by Butch Buchholz in 1985, is owned by IMG. The NASDAQ-100 Open is one of
nine Tennis Masters Series events on the ATP calendar, a top tier event on
the WTA Tour calendar, and features the top men's and women's tennis players
in the world.
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January 2003 Newsletter -- Volume I, No. 3
19th NASDAQ-100 Open - March 19-30, 2003
2003 Single-Session Tickets on Sale Now!
Tickets for each of the 22 sessions of the 2003 NASDAQ-100 Open (March 19-30),
including the women's final on March 29 and the men's final on March 30, went on
sale at 9 a.m. Jan. 6.
Tickets can be purchased three ways:
· In-person at the NASDAQ-100 Open box office at Crandon Park (9 a.m. - 5 p.m.,
Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. Sunday)
· By calling the NASDAQ-100 Open ticket office at 305-442-3367 in Miami or
· Logging on to the NASDAQ-100 Open website at www.NASDAQ-100open.com on the
Tickets to the first day of tournament March 19 start at only $10 ($5 for kids
14 and under) and range to $45 March 29-30 for the women's and men's finals.
Serena Williams began her whirlwind run to No. 1 with a breakthrough victory at
the 2002 NASDAQ-100 Open. Andre Agassi successfully defended his crown by
defeating Roger Federer in four sets.
Tournament day sessions will begin at 11 a.m. and evening sessions at 7 p.m.,
except for the following:
The final Thursday day session (March 27 - Session 17) will start at Noon and
will feature a women's semifinal match followed by two men's quarterfinal
The final Friday day session (March 28 - Session 19) will start at 2:30 p.m. and
feature a men's semifinal match followed by a women's doubles match.
Also note that both the Women's Final on March 29 and the Men's Final on March
30 will start at 11 a.m., a change from past years.
NASDAQ-100 Open Scores Top 12 Women, Kournikova for '03
The WTA Tour announced that all of the top 12 women have committed to play in
the 2003 NASDAQ-100 Open, the first time our tournament has gotten a 100 percent
commitment this early.
Announcing their intention to play were: 2002 Champion Serena Williams,
three-time champion Venus Williams, two-time finalist Jennifer Capriati, Kim
Clijsters, Justin Henin-Hardenne, Amelie Mauresmo, two-time champion Monica
Seles, Daniela Hantuchova, Jelena Dokic, two-time champion Martina Hingis,
Anastasia Myskina and 2000 finalist Lindsay Davenport.
The tour also announced that 1998 NASDAQ-100 Open finalist Anna Kournikova has
committed to play the 2003 event.
Sharapova Brings Smiles to Baptist Children's Hospital
Maria Sharapova, a rising star in women's tennis and winner of the 2002 Target
Cup Junior event at the NASDAQ-100 Open, brought smiles to the faces of patients
in the children's ward of Baptist Children's Hospital in Miami in December.
Sharapova, who at 15 is the youngest player in the top 200, has automatically
qualified for the main draw of this year's NASDAQ-100 Open with her Target Cup
The visit was arranged by NASDAQ-100 Open sponsor Baptist Children's Hospital in
conjunction with the tournament. Pictured with Sharapova (center) are Child Life
Specialist Cristie Rubin (left) and Baptist Hospital Senior P.R. Coordinator
Ballpersons Wanted: The NASDAQ-100 Open encourages tennis enthusiasts at least
14 years of age to become a ball person or volunteer. Benefits include a FILA
uniform, complimentary tickets for up to 12 sessions, plus their own party and
tennis tournament. Click here for application information or call 305-365-3178.
Send us your feedback at tickets@NASDAQ-100open.com
Call (305) 442-3367 for ticket information, 1-800-725-5472 for vacation
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MIAMI, Fla. (January 2003) -- The 2003
NASDAQ-100 Open is set for March
19-30 at Crandon Park Tennis Center in Miami. Tickets for each of the 22
sessions, including the women's final on March 29 and the men's final on
March 30, go on sale at 9 a.m. Jan. 6.
Tickets can be purchased three ways:
* In-person at the NASDAQ-100 Open box office at Crandon Park (9 a.m.
- 5 p.m., Monday-Friday)
* By calling the NASDAQ-100 Open ticket office at 305-442-3367 in
Miami or 1-800-725-5472
* Logging on to the NASDAQ-100 Open website at www.NASDAQ-100open.com
on the Internet
Tickets to the first day of tournament March 19 start at only $10 ($5 for
kids 14 and under) and range to $45 March 29-30 for the women's and men's
finals. The popular Daily Double package is also available: Buy tickets to
both sessions on one day and save up to $10. Fans interested in seeing
qualifying action on March 17-18 can gain admission to Crandon Park for only
In 2002, Serena Williams began her whirlwind run to No. 1 with a
breakthrough victory at the NASDAQ-100 Open. She defeated her sister Venus
for only the second time in competition in the semifinals, before defeating
Jennifer Capriati in a hard-fought two-set final to win her first Miami
title. Serena went on to sweep the French, Wimbledon and the U.S. Open
titles en route to finishing the year No.1 in the world.
Andre Agassi successfully defended his NASDAQ-100 Open crown by defeating
Roger Federer in four sets in 2002. His win was his fifth overall title,
tying him with his wife, Steffi Graf for most titles in the 19-year history
of the tournament.
Traditionally one of the strongest men's and women's fields on both the ATP
and WTA Tour, 96 men and 96 women will try to unseat Agassi and Serena
Williams as champions, vying for $6.3 million in prize money. U.S. Open
champion Pete Sampras and Wimbledon Champion Lleyton Hewitt, the world's No.
1 player, will both pose a challenge to Agassi two-year hold on the title.
On the women's side, Venus will try to get back the title Serena took from
her last year, while Jennifer Capriati, a finalist the last two years, looks
to become a champion in Miami for the first time.
Tournament day sessions will begin at 11 a.m. and evening sessions at 7
p.m., except for the following:
* The final Thursday day session (March 27 - Session 17) will
start at Noon and will feature a women's semifinal match followed by two
men's quarterfinal matches.
* The final Friday day session (March 28 - Session 19) will
start at 2:30 p.m. and feature a men's semifinal match followed by a women's
Also note that both the Women's Final on March 29 and the Men's Final on
March 30 will start at 11 a.m., a change from past years.
As usual, guests from all over the globe will descend on Miami to walk among
the tennis stars and celebrities that frequent the NASDAQ-100 Open. A
single-session ticket to the NASDAQ-100 Open provides admission to the
35-acre Crandon Park Tennis Center grounds to enjoy as many as 44 matches
from either an assigned seat in the stadium or on any one of the 11
Guests can take a piece of their unique NASDAQ-100 Open experience home
after browsing through multiple outlets for designer tennis gear and
exclusive NASDAQ-100 Open T-shirts, sweatshirts, jackets, hats, visors and
more. As always, there is an international array of dining options in the
spacious plaza outside the stadium. The cuisine varies from quick and easy
snacks to American staples, grilled dishes and local specialties. Diners can
keep an eye on court action via the strategically placed jumbo screens.
ABOUT THE NASDAQ-100 OPEN:
Heading into its 19th year, the 2003 NASDAQ-100 Open will be played March
19-30 at the Crandon Park Tennis Center in Miami. The tournament, founded by
Butch Buchholz in 1985, is owned by IMG. The NASDAQ-100 Open is one of nine
Tennis Masters Series events on the ATP calendar, a top tier event on the
WTA Tour calendar, and features the top men's and women's tennis players in
the world. Call (305) 442-3367 for tickets and more information or visit the
website at www.NASDAQ-100open.com.
2003 NASDAQ-100 Open Session Schedule and Ticket Prices
No. Date Day Session Type Start Ticket Price
1 3/19 Wednesday Day 11 a.m. $10
2 3/19 Wednesday Evening 7 p.m. $10
3 3/20 Thursday Day 11 a.m. $25
4 3/20 Thursday Evening 7 p.m. $20
5 3/21 Friday Day 11 a.m. $25
6 3/21 Friday Evening 7 p.m. $20
7 3/22 Saturday Day 11 a.m. $40
8 3/22 Saturday Evening 7 p.m. $20
9 3/23 Sunday Day 11 a.m. $40
10 3/23 Sunday Evening 7 p.m. $20
11 3/24 Monday Day 11 a.m. $25
12 3/24 Monday Evening 7 p.m. $20
13 3/25 Tuesday Day 11 a.m. $25
14 3/25 Tuesday Evening 7 p.m. $20
15 3/26 Wednesday Day 11 a.m. $25
16 3/26 Wednesday Evening 7 p.m. $20
17 3/27 Thursday Day Noon $35
18 3/27 Thursday Evening 7 p.m. $35
19 3/28 Friday Day - Men's Semifinal 2:30 p.m. $35
20 3/28 Friday Evening - Men's Semifinal 7 p.m. $35
21 3/29 Saturday Women's Final 11 a.m. $45
22 3/30 Sunday Men's Final 11 a.m. $45
Call 305-442-3367 in Miami or 1-800-725-5472 for tickets.
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September 2002 Newsletter -- Volume I,
19th NASDAQ-100 Open - March 19-30, 2003
Complete Your 2003 Trip With NASDAQ-100 Open Vacation Packages
Imagine the ideal vacation. A luxury hotel in a city that sizzles. Access to the
finest restaurants, clubs and beaches in world. Combine that with seats to see
the best tennis on the planet at one of the world's most breathtaking venues,
and the vision is complete. The NASDAQ-100 Open's array of vacation packages
combine the glamour and style so closely associated with Miami as a vacation
destination with the sun-bathing, heart-pumping, celebrity-gazing experience
that is the NASDAQ-100 Open tennis championships at the Crandon Park Tennis
Center. Whether it's Grand-Slam quality tennis, spotting the stars or checking
out what's in this year in tennis fashion, admission to the NASDAQ-100 Open tops
any vacation with pizzazz. Email the travel office or call 1-800-725-5472 for
GOLD Three nights at the Ritz Carlton Key Biscayne; box seats to the 2003
NASDAQ-100 Open; meals in the exclusive on-site boxholder club.
*$3,895 (first weekend/second week)
*$4,095 (final weekend)
SILVER Three nights at the Inter-Continental Hotel in downtown Miami;
championship series seats in the 300 level.
*$1,495 (first weekend/second week)
*$1,695 (final weekend)
BRONZE Three nights at the Marriott on scenic Biscayne Bay; choice of a ticket
package that includes tickets to Opening Weekend or to the men's and women's
*$749 (three nights inclusive)
*- All prices are per two people based on double occupancy.
IMG Academies, which provides top athletes with the finest multi-sport training
in the world, is expanding to accommodate adults, groups, retreats and corporate
meetings from 2-100 people.
"We can offer a healthy, fun and challenging experience to people at an exciting
location with a great tradition and the finest in equipment and staff," says Ted
Meekma, IMG Senior Vice President and Director of IMG Academies.
"IMG Academies will combine business and recreation in a healthy, challenging
environment by adding sports and conditioning programs to unique training
opportunities for corporate executives."
Initial programs to be offered include tennis, golf, physical and mental
training, sports health and nutrition. Tennis alumni of the campus include Andre
Agassi, Monica Seles, Anna Kournikova, Venus and Serena Williams, Tommy Haas
(left) and Jim Courier. For more information, contact Laura Borso at
941-752-2501 or visit www.IMGAcademies.com and click on "Corporate Brochure."
IMG Academies Offers Corporate Firms A Healthy, Challenging Experience
Mention the NASDAQ-100 Open when you contact IMG Academies and get 10% off
selected corporate programs, and selected short-time adult and junior programs.
Ticket Packages Available Now!: Buy early and save up to 20 percent as the best
in tennis descend on Miami for 12 days of intense competition. Call 305-442-3367
or email the ticket office to secure your ticket package. Performance and value
that will have you cheering for more!
Dates Sessions Price Savings
Opening Weekend Package March 21-23 Sessions 5-10 $132 20% Dates Sessions
Final Four Package March 27-30 Sessions 18, 20-22 $140 13% Dates Sessions
Championship Series Package March 19-30 Sessions 1-22 $490 18%
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2003 NASDAQ-100 OPEN....
19th Nasdaq-100 Open - March 19-30, 2003
Ticket Packages Go Sale August 26: Get in early and get a good seat! The
Championship Series package, your ticket to every session, the Final Four
package, which gets you in to both the men's and women's finals plus the night
semifinal matches and the Opening Weekend package, will be available early at
huge savings. Call the ticket office at 305-442-3367 or click here for more
It all starts at the Nasdaq-100 Open: Serena Williams won both the French Open
and Wimbledon in 2002 en route to capturing the No. 1 ranking for the first time
on July 8. But if you've been a fan over the past 18 years, you've seen most of
the top players prevail at Crandon Park on their way to greatness. Serena became
the 10th Nasdaq-100 Open champion to ascend to No. 1 in the same year after
winning the Miami title.
Nasdaq champs who have gone on to No. 1:
2002 -- Serena Williams (July 8, 2002)
2001 -- Venus Williams (Feb. 25, 2002)
1998 -- Marcelo Rios (March 30, 1998)
1997 -- Martina Hingis (March 31, 1997)
1995 -- Andre Agassi (April 10, 1995)
1993 -- Pete Sampras (April 12, 1993)
1991 -- Jim Courier (Feb. 10, 1992)
1990 -- Monica Seles (March 11, 1991)
1988 -- Mats Wilander (Sept. 12, 1988)
1987 -- Steffi Graf (Aug. 17, 1987)
Serena Williams raised the trophy at the 2002 Nasdaq-100 Open on her way to
becoming world No. 1.
Adam Barrett Named Tournament Director: Founder and Chairman Butch Buchholz
promoted Executive Vice President Adam Barrett to Tournament Director. Barrett
succeeds Cliff Buchholz, who retired with the conclusion of the 2002 tournament
after 18 years as director.
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HISTORY Nasdaq-100 Open ...
The dream of an international tennis tournament in Miami began three decades
ago, when top tennis players such as Jack Kramer, Frank Sedgman, Pancho
Gonzalez, Pancho Segura and Butch Buchholz toured the country in a station
wagon, playing tennis in darkened arenas and fairgrounds. It was before the days
of Open tennis, and they traveled with a portable canvas court and plenty of
hopes. Buchholz - an original member of the "Handsome Eight" (the first
recognized pros of Lamar Hunt's World Championship Tennis Circuit introduced in
1968) - competed until he was forced to retire from tennis in 1970 with chronic
In 1980, when Buchholz was executive director of the Association of Tennis
Professionals (ATP) - the player's union - he met a vice president of the Thomas
J. Lipton Company who liked his idea of creating a two-week players tournament.
A sponsorship agreement would eventually be reached for $1.5 million a year for
five years and Lipton would own the title.
The "Winter Wimbledon," as it was first dubbed, would be the first major
tournament of the year (the Australian Open was then held in December). It was
decided that the first tournament would be held at Laver's International Tennis
Resort in Delray Beach, 50 miles north of Miami. The following year, the
tournament relocated to Boca Raton followed by a move to its permanent home in
Miami in 1987. Buchholz approached the ATP and Women's Tennis Association and
offered prize money, a percentage of the ticket sales and worldwide television
rights. In return he wanted the rights to run the tournament for 15 years. The
In 1985, following 20 years of nurturing a dream to create a world-class tennis
tournament, the first ball was struck at the International Players Championships
and a new tradition in tennis began.
The first tournament turned out 84 of the top 100 men and 97 of the top 100
women. ESPN telecast the first weekend and the men's semifinals, and ABC
telecast the finals live. Networks from Australia, England, France, Italy,
Japan, Sweden and West Germany also were present.
Buchholz brought in Alan Mills, tournament referee at Wimbledon, as head
referee, and Ted Tinling, a well-known tennis fashion designer since the 1920s,
as director of protocol. The first match played was between fourth-seeded
Manuela Maleeva and Angeliki Kanellopoulou, a 19-year old from Greece ranked
112th. The first champions were Tim Mayotte and Martina Navratilova; the women's
final between Navratilova and Chris Evert was a sellout. The prize money of $1.8
million was surpassed only by Wimbledon and the U.S. Open.
In the tournament's second year, signs of stability began rolling in as 43 of
the top 50 men and 46 of the top 50 women entered. Shortly after, then
Miami-Dade County Manager and WTA Executive Director, Merrett Stierheim, helped
pave the way for a move to Miami, where a $1 million, 10,000 square-foot
clubhouse was built at the Tennis Center at Crandon Park in Miami in 1989 and
plans for a permanent stadium were to be developed. In the process, the County
faced a series of lawsuits attempting to prevent construction. The legal
entanglement finally was resolved in November of 1992 and in 1994 the $20
million stadium opened, which also serves as home to the USTA Player Development
Program. That year also marked the tournament's 10th anniversary.
Now a 12-day event heading into its 19th year of showcasing world-class tennis,
the NASDAQ-100 Open has reached the next echelon in presenting an international
sports extravaganza. With $6.210 million in prize money set for 2003 and all of
the top players and media from all corners of the world covering the action
every day, the NASDAQ-100 Open has earned its place in the world as the fifth
largest tennis tournament in terms of players, prize money and attendance,
surpassed only by the Grand Slams.
In 2002, the tournament was televised in the United States by CBS, ESPN, and
ESPN2, and internationally by ESPN International and many other terrestrial
broadcast partners. Each year, television coverage reaches more than 150
countries, radio coverage is broadcast in more than 44 languages, and print
media reports are followed by millions and millions of tennis enthusiasts
Historic Dates & Denotations:
Butch Buchholz announces at The French Open in May 1983 that plans are underway
for a major two-week event for men and women players - the first ever event to
feature both men and women in its inaugural year.
The original name of the tournament was Lipton International Players
Championships. It was changed in the fall of 1999 to Ericsson Open and again in
2002 to the NASDAQ-100 Open.
Thomas J. Lipton Company was title sponsor of the event for 15 years. Ericsson
Mobile Phones took over as new title sponsor in the tournament year 2000 and
NASDAQ stepped in in 2002.
Miami has been permanent home to NASDAQ-100 Open since 1987, after one-year
stops in Delray Beach at Laver's International Tennis Resort in 1985 and Boca
Raton at the Boca West Resort and Club in 1986.
The first match was played on Feb. 4, 1985. Manuel Maleeva defeated Angeliki
Kanellopula in Delray Beach. Maleeva won the first point en route to a 6-3, 6-2
In 1985, prize money was $1.8 million. In 2002 it is $6,395 million.
Alan Mills has been tournament referee since 1985. He also is Wimbledon referee.
The Tennis Center at Crandon Park was dedicated February 13, 1994 to the
citizens of Miami-Dade County.
NASDAQ-100 Open site encompasses more than 35 acres, includes 27 courts - 17
hard, eight clay and two grass courts. It is a public park on a year-round
Greater Miami was honored as the 1994 Tennis City of the Year by the
International Tennis Hall of Fame, located in Newport, RI.
Al Michaels, one of the voices for ABC's Monday Night Football, was in the
broadcast booth for ABC Sports at the first NASDAQ-100 Open.
Cliff Drysdale has broadcast all 18 tournaments for ESPN.
The earliest start date for NASDAQ-100 Open was January 27 in 1986 in Boca
Raton; the latest final was held on April 2 in 2000.
In 1997, Tennis Magazine selected the Tennis Center at Crandon Park, home of
NASDAQ-100 Open, as the best stadium in Tennis.
Eight players who have won NASDAQ-100 Open have gone on to secure the No. 1
world ranking for the first time in their career in the same year: Steffi Graf
(1987), Mats Wilander (1988), Monica Seles (1990), Jim Courier (1991), Pete
Sampras (1993), Andre Agassi (1995), Martina Hingis (1997), and Marcelo Rios
In 1998, Marcelo Rios defeated Andre Agassi in the men's final. This victory
propelled him to become the first Latin American to reach the world No. 1 ATP
Tour ranking in the history of professional tennis' ranking system.
In 1998, Butch Buchholz announced that Ericsson Mobile Phones acquired the title
sponsorship of the tournament beginning in 2000. The Sweden-based mobile phone
giant would bow out after only two years because of a downturn in its business.
In 1999, Venus and Serena Williams met in the final; the first all-sister final
since 1884 when Maude and met at the Wimbledon final. Venus won her second
straight title by defeating her sister 6-1, 4-6, 6-4.
In June 1999, Butch Buchholz announces his family will sell the tournament to
IMG to ensure its place in history. Included in the announcement is a statement
from Buchholz and IMG that there would be no discernable difference in the way
the tournament is run.
On August 30, 2000, the tournament announces it will add a day and be played
over 12 days in order to give players more time to recuperate between matches.
On April 2, 2000, Pete Sampras ties Andre Agassi with most singles titles (3) by
defeating Brazil's Gustavo "Guga" Kuerten in a four set epic in front of a
boisterous, partisan crowd. Following his win, Sampras said "I can definitely
walk out of this tournament feeling real confident and real good about the way
things went. Everybody was playing here so it had a Grand Slam atmosphere. The
crowd was huge today. I got chills up my spine a number of times."
On March 31, 2001, Venus Williams defeats Jennifer Capriati in a thrilling
three-set final, 4-6, 6-1, 7-6 (4) to win her third title in four years. Tennis
Magazine would name that match Best Women's Match of 2001.
On April 1, 2001, Andre Agassi defeated Jan-Michael Gambill 7-6(7), 6-1, 6-0 in
the 2001 NASDAQ-100 Open final, becoming the winningest male champion in
NASDAQ-100 Open history with four titles: 1990, 1995, 1996 and 2001. With that
win, Agassi secured the distinction of being both the oldest champion (30 years,
337 days) and youngest champion (19 years, 330 days old when he won in 1990) in
NASDAQ-100 Open history.
On February 5, 2002 the tournament enters a new era in it's 18th year, teaming
with the NASDAQ-100, an index of 100 of the largest non-financial U.S. and non-U.S.
companies listed on the National Market tier of The NASDAQ Stock Market.
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