Conn. Open sees increase in attendance

Conn. Open sees increase in attendance

Photo Courtesy: MGNonline
Photo Courtesy: MGNonline

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut’s professional tennis tournament, on the verge of shutting down a year ago, saw attendance increase this week for the first time since 2005.

Tournament officials say the Connecticut Open will wrap up Sunday with a weeklong crowd of more than 47,000 at the Connecticut Tennis Center.

It drew 45,796 last year.

Since then, the state purchased the tournament sanction, ending plans to move it to North Carolina, and United Technologies signed on as the main sponsor. Tournament director Anne Worcester says attendance also was helped by a stronger player field, and the addition of men’s exhibition matches featuring retired stars Andy Roddick, James Blake and Jim Courier.

Attendance is still far below the 76,480 who came in 2010, the last year it was a combined men’s and women’s event.

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