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					   The Daily Racquet

PLAYER’S GUIDE
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
   Registration Room
                                        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.
       Jeff Oliver
                                       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
        Contact Us...
media@usopenracquetball.com
                                       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
                                                                                                                                       CENTER HOTEL
                                                                                                                                    3) THE GRAND HOTEL
                                                                                                                                    4) LIFE TIME FITNESS
                                                                                                                                       TARGET CENTER
                                                                                                                                    5) LIFE TIME FITNESS
                                                                                                                                       MINNEAPOLIS A.C.
                                                                                                                                    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 :
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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.

Tournament Hospitality...
     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
tion bags.
                                                                                   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.

				
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