The Daily Racquet
Established 1996 SPECIAL EDITION Volume 16
Welcome to Minneapolis! The US OPEN is racquetball’s original “Grand Slam”
In Play Wednesday... event and each year the top men and women professionals
October 5, 2011
come from around the world to compete for the sport’s top
Registration prize. This year is the US OPEN’s 16th Anniversary and
LIFE TIME FITNESS - Target Center we’re looking to exceed the expectations set by last year’s
8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. inaugural event here in the Twin Cities.
The US OPEN staff and local organizing committee
USAR Amateur Matches here in Minnesota have worked very hard with our host
LIFE TIME FITNESS Locations LIFE TIME Fitness venues to make your US OPEN
Target Center experience — whether you’re competing or spectating — is
St. Louis Park enjoyable and memorable.
Minneapolis Athletic Club
With more than 630 entrants and over 1,300 scheduled
7:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
matches, it’s important that everyone be aware of the
basics of an event this size – in order to keep things running
IRT/WPRO Qualifying smoothly. This first edition of “The Daily Racquet ” is
Ticket Session #1 designed to give you just that – the basics. Refer back to
LIFE TIME FITNESS - Target Center this issue whenever you have a question and the chances are
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. very good that you’ll find your answer!
Silent Auction for St. Jude
LIFE TIME FITNESS - Target Center
HOW DO I GET AROUND?
You have many great options to get around this Using the Skyway System
4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
week, all without the need for a rental car! Two of While the weather should be pleasant this week and
the US OPEN Host Clubs are within walking dis- the downtown area is considered very safe, you may
Pro-Am Doubles for St. Jude tance of each other. The other club is only a short want to consider Minneapolis’ excellent “Skyway”
LIFE TIME FITNESS - Target Center shuttle ride away. If you didn’t discover the Light system. With almost 8 miles of elevated and climate
5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Rail system on your way into town, it is an excellent controlled walkways, you can get almost anywhere in
way to return to the airport when you leave. A taxi Downtown Minneapolis without stepping outdoors.
PLAYER & GUEST from downtown to the airport costs about $40.00. Just ask your hotel concierge for the nearest Skyway
ACCESS The light rail only costs $1.75! entrance.
All players and guests will
need wristbands to access W ALKING SKYWAY HOURS: MON - FRI: 6:30 a.m. - 10:00
the clubs. Please pick-up To LIFE TIME FITNESS - Target Center: p.m. / SAT: 9:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. / SUN: Noon - 6:00
your wristbands at the The main US OPEN Host Club is located at 600 1st p.m.
Registration Desk at the Avenue North directly below the Target Center, home
Target Center. of the WNBA’s Minnesota Lynx. The entrance to ST. LOUIS PARK SHUTTLE
the club is through the doors at 1st Avenue and 6th The third US OPEN Host Club is LIFE TIME FIT-
US OPEN Street, next to Hubert’s Sports Bar & Grill. Follow NESS - St. Louis Park, located about 5 miles to the
MEDIA STAFF the signs and head downstairs. West of the Target Center out Highway 394. The US
OPEN will offer free & regular shuttle service be-
Media Manager To LIFE TIME FITNESS - Minneapolis Athletic Club tween the Target Center and St. Louis Park clubs.
Near the corner of 7th Street and 2nd Avenue South,
Media Coordinator the “MAC” Club is just four blocks away from the The shuttle leaves the Target Center on 1st Avenue
Leo Vasquez Target Center. Find 7th Street, head Southwest and every 30 minutes on the hour and half hour. The
turn right on 2nd Avenue South. Enter the Grand shuttle will leave the St. Louis Park Club at 15 and
Hotel and the MAC Club is straight through the 45 minutes past the hour. The shuttle ride will take
lobby. about 8 minutes.
Established 1996 SPECIAL EDITION Volume 16
DOWNTOWN MINNEAPOLIS MAP
HOTELS & VENUES KEY:
1) COMFORT SUITES
2) MARRIOTT CITY
3) THE GRAND HOTEL
4) LIFE TIME FITNESS
5) LIFE TIME FITNESS
6) LIFE TIME FITNESS
ST. LOUIS PARK
F O L LO W T H E U S O P E N O N FAC E B O O K & T W I T T E R :
w w w. f a c e b o o k . c o m / U S O p e n R a c q u e t b a l l
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Registration & Check In... SPOTS STILL OPEN FOR
Tournament check-in is a two-part process, starting at the registration
desk. All players must check into the tournament at LIFE TIME FITNESS
- Target Center before reporting for their first match — regardless of venue!
WEDNESDAY’S PRO-AM DOUBLES
Players with matches at the LIFE TIME FITNESS - St. Louis Park and HERE IS YOUR CHANCE TO PLAY WITH A PRO!
LIFE TIME FITNESS - Minneapolis Athletic Club (MAC) must make a trip to
Since 1996, the US OPEN Racquetball Championships has raised more
the Target Center to register before their first match. Failure to do so will delay
your first match considerably and could result in forfeiture. Players are then than $300,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. This year you can
required to check in at the tournament desk at their site, thirty (30) minutes prior
help that number grow by playing in the Pro-Am Doubles Tournament
to their scheduled match. Leave plenty of travel time to complete both steps. on Wednesday evening. For a donation of $325 you’ll get a chance to play
with a top professional from the IRT and WPRO tours in a single elimina-
Club Access... tion one-evening shootout. In addition to playing with one of racquetball’s
To enter the LIFE TIME FITNESS Clubs, all players will need to show
top players, you’ll receive a signed racquet from your playing partner.
their official US OPEN Bag Tag. These Bag Tags are provided when you register
for the tournament at the Target Center Club. All guests will need to have a US
OPEN wristband for club access. If you are interested in playing in the St. Jude doubles event, please see
the Registration Desk at LIFE TIME FITNESS - Target Center.
Officiating & Appeals...
In all USAR division play, match losers will be required to referee, or find If you can’t play in the doubles event, you can still help St. Jude through the
a suitable replacement. You’ll need to report to the tournament desk immedi- silent auction. Up for bid will be dozens of items including Olympic memora-
ately following your assigned match, and all referees will be paid $5.00 for that bilia, art and racquetball equipment from the industry’s best manufacturers.
duty...OR you can donate your fees to St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Last year’s Be on the lookout for these items near the Registration Desk later in the week.
“referee donations” totaled over $500!
No Consolation Rounds!
As noted on your entry form (and in order to accommodate everyone who
wanted to take part in this year’s event) the number of court hours needed for
regulation play makes it necessary to eliminate consolation rounds.
The Target Center Club will have a cash bar and limited snacks available
throughout the event. Huberts, a full service restaurant is located just upstairs.
The St. Louis Park club has a full Life Time Café restaurant. The Minneapo-
lis Athletic Club has a 5 star restaurant called RARE. As for complimentary
tournament hospitality, only St. Louis Park will offer a free Players Hospitality
room with continental breakfast and lunch Wednesday - Saturday.
In downtown Minneapolis there are dozens of outstanding restaurants to
GOLD BOX SEATS & PRO MATCH
choose from including many within 3 blocks of The Target Center. Several of
these fine restaurants will have special offers for you in your Player Registra-
TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE
Watch the World’s best racquetball players in style by sitting in a
Stadium Court Gold Box! Enjoy the best seats in the house and ac-
Take Special Note... cess to the fully catered Gold Lounge all week long for $700 a seat.
Don’t assume that you’ll be playing at one specific venue throughout
the week. Divisions may be played at multiple LIFE TIME FITNESS clubs General Admission tickets for a all sessions are also still available.
throughout the Minneapolis area -- Target Center (LFTC), Minneapolis Athletic
Club (MAC) and St. Louis Park (SLP). Please make sure to check the drawsheets
To purchase your Gold Box tickets, please visit the Registration
before every match. Desk or call (719) 425-USAR.