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February 11-20, 2005
The Racquet Club of Memphis
Memphis, Tennessee USA
The Regions Morgan Keegan Championships and the Cellular South Cup is one of only two ATP events in the world to be held in a private club, and one of only seven Championship-level tennis tournaments in North America—featuring the world's top men's tennis players. And they have all played here. In fact, since 1976, only ten men have finished the year ranked No. 1 in the world. Eight of those ten (Agassi, Borg, Connors, Courier, Edberg, Lendl, McEnroe and Sampras) have played and won the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships and the Cellular South Cup. No other tennis tournament in the world—not even the Grand Slams —can make that claim.
Previously known as the Kroger St. Jude Tennis Championships, this event has brought the sport's brightest stars and best fans to the Bluff City for the past 27 years. They come back every February because of the superb playing conditions, atmosphere and southern hospitality. And their support lends itself to an organization that has touched lives around the world—St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
In 1993, the tournament announced that it would establish a medical research chair at the Memphis hospital in memory of one of the game's greats. The Arthur Ashe Chair for Pediatric AIDS Research—a $1.25 million commitment—was fully endowed in five years. The final installment was presented during the 1998 finals by tournament owner Mac Winker and Dick Tillman, president of Kroger's Delta Marketing Region.
As the 1999 tournament season opened, the tennis championship event committed to endow a $2 million fund for the hospital in memory of another star of the game, Tim Gullikson, and was joined in that announcement by his widow, Rosemary, and daughter Megan. Contributions to the fund have already reached $1.2 million.
Because of these efforts to support research toward a cure, the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships is recognized annually as the leading charity program on the ATP Tour.
The Regions Morgan Keegan Championships and the Cellular South Cup field consists of 48 singles players and 24 doubles teams, all competing on state-of-the-art indoor courts for $800,000 in total prize money. The tournament week also features appearances by some of the top names in the women's game, as well as lavish parties, kids clinics, autograph sessions and music concerts.
Don't miss a minute of the action. The Regions Morgan Keegan Championships and the Cellular South Cup is a win-win situation—for the players, the sponsors, the fans—and the children of St. Jude.
For more information, call the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships ticket office at (901) 685-ACES or visit the tournament Web site at www.rmkchampionships.com.