Exciting Events Surround NCAA Tennis Championships
May 8, 2013
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The University of Illinois will host numerous exciting events for fans both before and during the 2013 NCAA Tennis Championships. The festivities will include Wilson Demo Day on May 11 and a free kick-off concert, featuring popular cover band 90s Daughter, on May 14. The Illini also will welcome back their 2003 national championship team on May 18 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of winning the NCAA title.
Wilson Demo Day will take place Saturday, May 11 from 1-3 p.m. CT at the Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex at the Atkins Tennis Center in Urbana and will introduce Wilson's new Spin Effect Technology to the public, giving fans the opportunity to test the innovative rackets through hitting drills. A Wilson representative will be on hand to answer questions. Free parking will be available in the lot that is east of the Atkins Tennis Center.
The kick-off concert will run from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 14 in the grass lot, north of the Atkins Tennis Center. In addition to music, the event also will feature food from vendors and a kid zone with inflatables and face painting. Parking will be free for this event as well and will be available in the grass lot, alongside the festivities.
Illinois tennis and the NCAA will recognize the 2003 national champion Fighting Illini between quarterfinal matches on May 18 at approximately 4 p.m. at the Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex. The 2003 squad was a perfect 32-0 during its championship season and is one of only two Big Ten teams to win the national title in conference history.
The 2013 NCAA Men's and Women's Tennis Championships will run from May 16-27 at the Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex. The first six days of competition (May 16-21) will include the Round of 16 and beyond of the team championships, while the final six days (May 22-27) will feature the men's and women's 64-player singles and 32-player doubles championships.
Sophomore duo Ross Guignon and Tim Kopinski will compete in the men's doubles championship, while sophomore Melissa Kopinski and senior Rachael White will represent the Illini women in doubles. Freshman Jared Hiltzik will compete in the men's singles tournament.
All-session and single-day tickets are on sale now. Fans can purchase tickets by calling the Illinois Ticket Office (866-Illini-1) or at the Illinois ticket office web site. Adult all-session tickets are $100, while youth (18 and under) all-session tickets are $75. Single-day tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for youth. Admission is free for children age two or younger. Groups of 10 or more can purchase single-day group tickets at $5 apiece. Parking for the championships is free and is available in the lot, east of the Atkins Tennis Center.