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Big Blue Night This Evening Features Witten Playing Last Year’s Champ Ward, Exhibition Match Among UK Greats

Big Blue Night Features Witten Playing Last Year’s Champ Ward, Exhibition Match Among UK Greats


LEXINGTON, Ky. – Come join us for Big Blue Night at the Kentucky Bank Tennis Championships, starting at 6:45 at the University of Kentucky’s Hilary J. Boone Tennis Complex.


The evening’s events will feature former Wildcat standout Jess Witten playing last year’s tournament champion James Ward of Great Britain. In addition, fans can witness a race for the USTA Pro Circuit women’s wild card into the US Open between two of the tournament’s contenders, Melanie Oudin and Louisa Chirico.


For pure entertainment, fans can watch an exhibition match in which UK men’s tennis coach Cedric Kauffmann, who notably went to five sets with three match points against Pete Sampras in the 2001 French Open, and UK football defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot take on Kyle Macy and Jack “Goose” Givens. Both members of the Kentucky Wildcat’s 1978 NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Championship team, with Givens scoring 41 points in their victory over Duke. The pair, both outstanding basketball players and athletes were first round draft picks to the NBA in 1978 & 1979. Macy, in his time in the NBA competed in the first ever NBA three point contest.


We will also surprise one of our tournament mainstays with special recognition for all she or he has done to make this event the success it is.


Please don’t miss this special event at the state’s only professional tennis tournament, where we get a glimpse of the rising stars of the future!


For more information, please contact media coordinator Rena Baer at 859-351-3230 or rena.baer@twc.com.  

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