Eight players age 23 and younger awarded entries
into 2001 US Open men's singles field

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., August 15, 2001 - The USTA today announced that eight rising, young American stars - all age 23 and younger - have been awarded
main draw wild card entries into the 2001 US Open Tennis Championships. The
2001 US Open will be played August 27 - September 9 at the USTA National
Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, N.Y. The US Open Men's Singles
Championship is presented by Lincoln.

The average age of the 2001 US Open main draw wild cards is 20.1. Players
awarded wild cards include:

Hugo Armando (Bradenton, Fla.), James Blake (Fairfield, Conn.), Alex
Bogomolov (Miami, Fla.), Bob Bryan (Camarillo, Calif.), Taylor Dent
(Newport Beach, Calif.), Mardy Fish (Vero Beach, Fla.), Rob Ginepri
(Marietta, Ga.), and Levar Harper-Griffith (Sarasota, Fla.).

Armando, 23, recently broke into the top 100 of the ATP entry-system
rankings with his first ATP quarterfinal showing at Kitzbuhel, Austria where
he defeated reigning Olympic champion Yevgeny Kafelnikov en route. Armando
also reached the semifinals of Challengers this year in the principality of
San Marino and Weiden, Germany.

Blake, 21, broke into the top 100 of the ATP entry-system rankings with a
third round showing at the Tennis Masters Series - Cincinnati, where he
defeated reigning Australian Open finalist Arnaud Clement and held set point
on Patrick Rafter before losing. Blake reached his first ATP semifinal
earlier this summer at Newport, R.I. Blake was awarded the automatic USTA
wild card given to the American player that earns the most ATP points on the
USTA Challenger and Futures Circuit in a 12-month period.

Bogomolov, 18, earned a main draw wild card by winning the USTA National
Boys' 18 Championships in Kalamazoo, Mich., defeating Brian Baker in the
final. Bogomolov defeated Andy Roddick in the final of the 1998 USTA
National Boys' 16 Championships also at Kalamazoo and was a member of the
victorious 1999 ITF World Youth Cup team - the Davis Cup equivalent for
boys' 16-and-under.

Bryan, 23, has advanced through the qualifying rounds at four events this
year and holds a victory over Nicolas Escude in Marseille, France. In
doubles with his twin brother Mike, he won his first ATP doubles title in
Memphis and followed with wins at Queen's Club, Newport, R.I., and Los

Dent, 20, has registered wins this year over Magnus Norman, Carlos Moya and
Wayne Ferreira and reached his first ATP quarterfinal earlier this summer in
Los Angeles. Dent owns one of the fastest serves in tennis, striking a 144
mph serve in a five-set loss to Lleyton Hewitt at Wimbledon which was the
fastest serve ever recorded at the All-England Club.

Fish, 19, reached his first ATP quarterfinal earlier this year in
Scottsdale, Ariz., where he defeated Thomas Enqvist en route. Fish also
defeated Mark Philippoussis this year in Indian Wells, Calif., and was
defeated by Jan-Michael Gambill in five sets in the first round of the 2000
US Open.

Ginepri, 18, was runner-up to Andy Roddick at the 2000 US Open junior
championships and has qualified for three ATP events this year, winning his
first ATP match against Sebastien Lareau in Los Angeles. He has moved from
No. 1,238 to No. 359 in the ATP entry system rankings since Jan. 1, despite
not playing until late March due to injury.

Harper-Griffith, 19, is fresh off his first career semifinal showing at a
Challenger level event last week in Binghamton, N.Y. A native of Brooklyn,
N.Y., Harper-Griffith has improved his ATP ranking from No. 505 to No. 359
so far in 2001.

In addition to the eight US Open main draw wild cards, the USTA also
announced that nine players would be awarded wild cards into the US Open
Qualifying Tournament, which will be held August 21-24 at the USTA National
Tennis Center. Players receiving qualifying wild cards are as follows: Brian
Baker (Nashville, Tenn.), Mike Bryan (Camarillo, Calif.), Kristian Capalik
(Tampa, Fla), Zack Fleishman (Playa del Rey, Calif.), Brandon Hawk (Clyde,
Texas), Alex Kim (Potomac, Md.), Phil King (Long Beach, Calif.), Rajeev Ram
(Carmel, Indiana), and Brian Vahaly (Atlanta, Ga.).



World's Largest Music And Tennis Extravaganza Features Stadium Show,
Interactive Fun And Games, And Tyco World TeamTennis Finals

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. - The United States Tennis Association  announced
that Lil' Bow Wow and O-Town will headline the sixth annual Arthur Ashe
Kids' Day, on Saturday, Aug. 25 at the USTA National Tennis Center in
Flushing Meadows, Queens, N.Y. CBS' Mark McEwen will co-host the annual
pre-US Open charity event. Arthur Ashe Kids' Day is the official kick off
event for the US Open that runs from August 27 -September 9.

"Arthur Ashe Kids' Day has again attracted today's top musical performers,"
said USTA Chief Marketing Officer Pierce O'Neil. "The participation of
O-Town, Lil' Bow Wow and the entire tennis community will ensure that tennis
fans of all ages will be treated to a full day of exciting tennis, music and

Lil' Bow Wow, 14, began rapping when he was 6 years old, and is now one of
music's hottest acts. He recently won BET's Viewer's Choice award and
picked up Nickelodeon's Kid's Choice award for Favorite Male Singer. His
latest album, "Beware Of Dog" (Sony Music) featuring the hit singles "Puppy
Love," "Bow Wow (That's My Name)" with Snoop Dog and "Bounce With Me," has
reached triple platinum status. Lil' Bow Wow also recently starred in and
lent his voice to MTV's hip-hop rendition of the opera Carmen and was
nominated for a Billboard R&B/ hip-hop Award.

Last year, millions of music fans tuned into the reality show "Making of the
Band" to watch the creation of O-Town, from the selection of the band
members to their first hours in a recording studio. O-Town's first single,
"Liquid Dreams" hit the Billboard charts at No. 1 and their current single
"All or Nothing" is already top 5 on the Billboard charts and has certified
their debut album to platinum status. After completing a sold-out summer
tour, O-Town will release their third single and video "We Fit Together" in

Presented by Aetna and produced by the USTA and Avellin Productions, Arthur
Ashe Kids' Day is a day-long festival of kids' activities including tennis
clinics, interactive games and musical entertainment. Arthur Ashe Kids' Day
honors tennis legend Arthur Ashe and continues his mission of promoting
education and bringing the sport of tennis to kids. Kids' activities
include the IBM Speed Zone, American Express Skills Challenge, USA Tennis
clinics, Cartoon Network Smash Tennis, Nike Urban Tennis, a HERO and
Wheelchair exhibition, tennis legends, face-painting and strolling

Gates open for Arthur Ashe Kids' Day at 9 a.m. on Aug. 25 (rain date: Aug.
26), two days before the start of the US Open, which runs from Aug. 27 -
Sept. 9. The Arthur Ashe Kids' Day stadium show will take place from
12-1:30 p.m. and will then be broadcast nationally by CBS on Sunday, Aug.
26, from 12-1:30 p.m. (ET).

The event benefits USA Tennis NJTL (National Junior Tennis League), a
program founded by Arthur Ashe in 1969 to provide tennis opportunities to
economically disadvantaged youngsters. Over the last five years, Arthur
Ashe Kids' Day has raised more than $2 million for charity.

Lil' Bow Wow and O-Town, are the latest headliners to take the stage for the
annual tennis and music festival. They join the likes of Hanson, the
Backstreet Boys, Britney Spears, 98° and Jessica Simpson who have performed
each of the last four years.

Tickets to the event are now on sale and are available through Ticketmaster
(1-866-OPENTIX) or at the USTA National Tennis Center box office. American
Express is the official card of Arthur Ashe Kids' Day. Promenade tickets
cost $10 and loge tickets, $20. Kids 12-and-under will receive either a
Fila T-shirt or a Nike hat on a first-come, first-served basis. Admission is
free for the interactive games and clinics which will take place on the
outer courts at the USTA National Tennis Center from 9:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Arthur Ashe Kids' Day will also showcase the 2001 Tyco World TeamTennis
Final, featuring the top teams from both the Eastern and Western Conferences
of the Tyco WTT Professional League. The finals will be held on the
Grandstand Court #11 at 2:30 p.m., immediately following the conclusion of
Arthur Ashe Kids' Day activities on the Stadium Court. Admission is free to
the WTT Finals although there will be sections reserved for the hometown
fans of the Eastern and Western Conference Champs.

Arthur Ashe Kids' Day evolved from the Arthur Ashe AIDS Tennis Challenge,
held from 1992-1995. In addition to Aetna, the presenting sponsor, American
Express, Citizen Watch Company, Evian Natural Spring Water, Fila, Fujifilm,
Greenwich Capital, IBM, Instinet, Lincoln, L'Oreal Kids, The New York Times,
Nike, Pepsi-Cola Company, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Siemens, Tennis Magazine, United Airlines and Wilson Sporting Goods are all sponsors of the 2001 Arthur Ashe Kids' Day. Arthur Ashe Kids' Day is a USTA produced event.


Led by  Jennifer Capriati and Venus Williams, the top 104 ranked women in the world have entered the U.S. Open, to be played Aug. 27-Sept. 9.

Capriati, the Australian and French Open champion, made her best showing in the Open 10 years ago at 15, when she lost in the semifinals to Monica Seles. Williams is the defending champion and recently won at Wimbledon for the second straight year.

Five other former champions also are entered, including Seles; Martina Hingis, ranked No. 1 in the world; Lindsay Davenport, who lost to Williams in last year's final; Venus' sister, Serena Williams, who won in 1999; and Aranxta Sanchez-Vicario, the 1994 winner.

The total women's field will be 128. Sixteen qualifiers will be added, along with eight wild-cards.


* The top 104 ranked men have entered the 2001 US Open Tennis
Championships, to be played Aug. 27-Sept. 9 at the USTA National Tennis
Center in Flushing, N.Y. Eleven of the men entered have won Grand Slam
tournament singles titles, highlighted by the top two entries based on
current rankings, reigning Roland Garros champion Gustavo Kuerten of Brazil
and defending US Open champion Marat Safin of Russia, and the top two
American entries, two-time US Open champ and reigning Australian Open champ
Andre Agassi of Las Vegas and 13-time Grand Slam tournament champion Pete
Sampras of Los Angeles. Other Grand Slam tournament singles winners entered
are reigning Olympic champion and former French and Australian Open champion
Yevgeny Kafelnikov of Russia, two-time US Open champion Patrick Rafter of
Australia, reigning Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic of Croatia, 1998
French Open champion Carlos Moya of Spain, 1989 French Open champion Michael
Chang of Mercer Island, Wash., two-time French Open champion Sergi Bruguera
of Spain, and 1996 Wimbledon champion Richard Krajicek of the Netherlands.

US Open Prize Monies

The USTA announced that prize money for the 2001 US Open will remain the highest in all of sports, topping the $15.8 million mark for the first time, up 5% from 2000. In addition, both the Men's and Women's Singles Champions will receive a record $850,000. This continues the US Open's tradition of offering equal prize money for both men and women for the 29th consecutive year. The Doubles Champions will also see a record payout in 2001, with both the winning teams receiving $350,000.

"This record prize money is a clear reflection that the US Open attracts many of the finest world-class athletes to the world's biggest city, for one of the most competitive and entertaining contests in sports today, " said Arlen Kantarian, Chief Executive, Professional Tennis. "The game of tennis has never been stronger worldwide, and this year's US Open promises to be our most exciting ever. "

The 2001 total prize money is almost $3 million ahead of the next closest sporting event – Wimbledon. The closest non-tennis event is the Daytona 500, which offered a total purse in excess of $10 million this past February.

This prize money announcement is the latest in a series of recent moves that the USTA has undertaken to position the US Open as one of the world's top sports and entertainment events. A recent Economic Impact Study revealed that the 2000 US Open brought over $420 million into the economy of the City of New York, more than any other single event in any city in the United States. Other landmark developments have included the scheduling of 2001 women's final in prime-time, the first-ever domestic prime time final for a tennis event, a landmark international television rights deal with SFX, record on-site attendance of over 606,000, record traffic on USOPEN.ORG and a host of on-site innovations at the USTA National Tennis Center, ranging from giant video boards to star-studded on-site entertainment.

In addition to the main draw, the 2001 qualifying tournament, the second-largest and fifth most lucrative event in the U.S., is free of charge and open to the public, and will take place Aug. 22-26, also at the USTA National Tennis Center. Arthur Ashe Kids' Day presented by Aetna will be held on Saturday August 25, and will be televised on CBS on Sunday, August 26.


Group Ticket Sales

Group sales will be offered in person at the USTA National Tennis Center Box Office or by calling (718) 760-6200 beginning June 26th.

Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day presented by Aetna Ticket Sales
Tickets will be available to the public beginning Sunday, June 10.

Ticket Office Information

USTA National Tennis Center Box Office hours (beginning June 11, 2000):

Monday – Friday: 9 AM – 5 PM

Saturday: 10 AM – 4 PM

Closed July 4th

Quick Facts About the 2001 US Open

Location: USTA National Tennis Center
Flushing Meadows-Corona Park
Flushing, NY

When: August 27 to September 9, 2001

Main Draw Schedule of Sessions

Day Day/Date Sessions (#)

Day 1 Monday, August 27 Day (1) and Night (2)
Day 2 Tuesday, August 28 Day (3) and Night (4)
Day 3 Wednesday, August 29 Day (5) and Night (6)
Day 4 Thursday, August 30 Day (7) and Night (8)
Day 5 Friday, August 31 Day (9) and Night (10)
Day 6 Saturday, Sept. 1 Day (11) and Night (12)
Day 7 Sunday, Sept. 2 Day (13) and Night (14)
Day 8 Monday, Sept. 3 Day (15) and Night (16)
Day 9 Tuesday, Sept. 4 Day (17) and Night (18)
Day 10 Wednesday, Sept. 5 Day (19) and Night (20)
Day 11 Thursday, Sept. 6 Day (21) and Night (22)
Day 12 Friday, Sept. 7 Day only (23)
Day 13 Saturday, Sept. 8 Day (24) and Night (25)
Day 14 Sunday, Sept. 9 Day only (26) |
Day Sessions start at 11 a.m. ET
Night Sessions start at 7:30 p.m. ET


Women’s singles final is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 8 at 8 p.m. (new for 2001)

Men’s singles final is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 9 at 4 p.m.

Qualifying Tournament

When: Tuesday, August 21 - Saturday, August 25
Where: Field courts at USTA National Tennis Center
Start Times: 11 a.m.
Admission: Free

Defending Champions

Men’s Singles: Marat Safin (RUS)
Women’s Singles: Venus Williams (USA)
Men's Doubles: Lleyton Hewitt (AUS) & Max Mirnyi (BLR)
Women's Doubles: Julie Halard-Decugis (FRA) & Ai Sugiyama (JPN)
Mixed Doubles: Jared Palmer (USA) & Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario (ESP)