Fans of world-class women's tennis can find it at the Connecticut Open in New Haven Aug. 21-29, "the major league sporting event New Haven hosts," in the words of New Haven Mayor Toni Harp.
She saluted UTC Tuesday morning in a presentation at the Connecticut Tennis Center for agreeing to keep sponsoring the tournament through 2017.
"We are thrilled that nonprofit organizations throughout Connecticut will now have the opportunity to use open tickets as a significant fundraising opportunity for their own charitable work," Peter Holland, of UTC, said.
Tournament manager Anne Worcester called it the "50-50 project," allowing nonprofits across Connecticut to sell tournament tickets and keep half of the net proceeds for themselves.
She said defending champ Petra Kvitova and American star Madison Keys had committed to play in New Haven.
She also announced the four "Men's Legends" who will play -- Andy Roddick, John McEnroe, Jim Courier and James Blake, who went to high school in Fairfield.
"I'm so thankful to still be a part of the game and still be playing in front of fans that appreciate the fact that I grew up here - get to play with some pretty fun competitors," Blake said.
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