New Haven lands new professional tennis tournament as part of Challenger Series

Four months after losing the Connecticut Open, New Haven has landed a new professional tennis tournament as part of the Oracle Challenger Series, the series announced Thursday.

The inaugural event will be held Sept. 2-8 at the Connecticut Tennis Center and will feature a men’s legends tournament headlined by Connecticut native James Blake and former world No. 1 Andy Roddick, in addition to the main men’s and women’s challenger tournaments.

Admission to the Oracle Challenger Series will be free to the public. Tickets for the legends event will go on sale later this month.

“This day is extremely rewarding for the Tennis Foundation of Connecticut and for me personally, as it ensures that the rich history of professional tennis in New Haven continues,” former Connecticut Open tournament director Anne Worcester said in a statement. “The Oracle Challenger Series is a terrific showcase for both men’s and women’s tennis, and I believe our longtime and dedicated fans will love coming to this free and accessible event.”

The Oracle Challenger Series event will effectively replace the Connecticut Open, whose run in New Haven ended in February when the Connecticut Tennis Foundation announced it had sold its sanction on the WTA calendar to a Chinese entertainment company. The Connecticut Open had struggled financially since Pilot Pen dropped its title sponsorship in 2010, and Worcester said the foundation hoped to find a cheaper event to take its place.
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