The Regions-Morgan Keegan Championships and Cellular South Cup is getting a Major Upgrade in status.
The Annual tournament, held at the Racquet Club of Memphis, is now designated as a Tier 500 event by the ATP..
That's considered among the Premium Tier of Tournaments and guarantees bigger sponsorship, bigger TV coverage, and bigger stars coming to Memphis to compete.
Racquet Club owner Mac Winker says 22-cities world-wide applied for Tier 500 Status..
Only 10 were award...
Just 2 in the United States.
Racquet Club owner Mac Winker:
"We have elavated our event. The top players have to play 4 of the 8 weeks..so they're now on our calender. And it's worth more tournament points for them, whereas last year our event was
Total Prize money gets big boost to $1.1 Million Dollars.
The Regions Morgan Keegan Championships are set for Februrary 22nd to March 8th, 2008 at the Racquet Club of Memphis