The Regions Morgan Keegan Championships, the premier men’s professional indoor tennis tournament in the United States, announced today that 2011 Champion Andy Roddick (USA) has entered the 2012 singles field of players. Joining Roddick will be 2011 finalist and ATP 2011 “Newcomer of the Year” Milos Raonic (CAN), top-ten tennis sensation Gael Monfils (FRA), Croatian #1 Marin Cilic, fan-favorites Sam Querrey (USA), James Blake (USA) and John Isner (USA), two-time Grand Slam winner Lleyton Hewitt (AUS) and young rising American Jack Sock (USA). Tennis legend John McEnroe (USA) will headline a doubles exhibition match to be played on Monday, February 20 at 7 p.m.The exhibition will also feature Jack Sock, James Blake and Sam Querrey. All players are subject to change.
The 2012 Regions Morgan Keegan Championships will be played February 17-26 at The Racquet Club of Memphis. Ticket packages and group tickets are on-sale now and are available by calling (901) 765-4401. Individual tickets for the 2012 tournament will be available beginning in early 2012. An all-inclusiveevening at the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships is the perfect gift for the holidays. The Holiday Gift Pack at $99 is an exceptional value and is available for a limited time only. Additional information about the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships can be found on the tournament website at www.memphistennis.com.
The order of play for evening sessions from Monday, February 20 – Wednesday, February 22 is as follows:
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 20 – 7 P.M.
John McEnroe Doubles Exhibition followed by Nadia Petrova (1st Round Singles)
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21 – 7 P.M.
Gael Monfils (1st Round Singles) followed by another Featured Men’s 1st Round Singles Match
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22 – 7 P.M.
Andy Roddick (1st Round Singles) followed by Milos Raonic (1st Round Singles)
Returning to the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships for the 12th time in his career is defending tournament champion Andy Roddick (USA). Roddick, 29, captured the title in 2011 when he defeated Raonic in a three-set thriller 7-6(7), 6-7(11), 7-5. He also captured Regions Morgan Keegan tournament titles in 2009 (def. R. Stepanek (CZE), 7-5, 7-5) and 2002 (def. J. Blake (USA), 6-4, 3-6, 7-5. Roddick is a former U.S. Open Champion having captured the 2003 title when he defeated Juan Carlos Ferrero (ESP) 6-3, 7-6 (2), 6-3. A native of Omaha, Nebraska, Roddick currently resides in Austin, Texas with his wife, actress and swimsuit model Brooklyn Decker. Roddick is currently ranked #14 in the South African Airways 2011 ATP Singles Rankings. In his career, Roddick has won more than $19 million in prize money and is coached by Larry Stefanki.
Fast-rising tennis sensation Milos Raonic, 20, returns to the 2012 Regions Morgan Keegan Championships as the tournament’s singles finalist. Prior to coming to Memphis in 2011, the big-hitting Raonic used his powerful serve and big ground game to to capture his first ATP World Tour title at the SAP Open in San Jose, CA. Raonic, who was born in Montenegro but currently resides in Thornhill, Ontario, Canada is currently ranked #31 in the South African Airways 2011 ATP Singles Rankings and is the top-ranked Canadian player on the ATP World Tour. The 2012 Regions Morgan Keegan Championships will be Raonic’s second career appearance in Memphis. He is coached by former ATP World Tour player Galo Blanco.
Currently ranked #15 in the South African Airways ATP singles rankings is 25-year old tennis superstar Frenchman Gael Monfils. 2012 will mark the first time in his career that Monfils will play the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships since turning professional in 2004. Monfils is one of the most exciting, creative and entertaining players on the ATP World Tour. In his singles career, Monfils, has captured four singles titles (Stockholm 2011, Montpellier 2010, Metz 2009 and Sopot 2007), has amassed more than 200 singles victories and has earned more than $5 million in prize money. Monfils is a native of Paris, France, now resides in Trelex, Switzerland and is coached by Roger Rasheed.
Making his first appearance in Memphis is 23-year old Croatian native Marin Cilic. Since turning pro in 2005, Cilic has won six ATP World Tour singles titles, three of those on indoor hard courts. He has earned nearly $4.5 million in career prize money and is currently ranked #22 on the South African Airways ATP singles rankings. In 2012, with wins over Fabrice Santoro, Bernard Tomic, Stanislas Wawrinka, Juan Martín del Potro and Andy Roddick, the 6′ 6″ former world #9 became the first Croatian to reach the semifinals of the Australian Open
Former Stanford star, NCAA champion and tennis legend John McEnroe (USA) will appear at the 2012 Regions Morgan Keegan Championships in a Monday night doubles exhibition match – and will be joined by Jack Sock, James Blake and Sam Querrey. McEnroe, owns 77 singles titles and 78 doubles titles in his career – an ATP World Tour record. The doubles exhibition match will be hosted at The Racquet Club of Memphis Morgan Keegan stadium court on Monday, February 20 at 7 p.m.
Also confirmed to compete in Memphis is 2010 Regions Morgan Keegan singles and doubles (w/ J. Isner) champion Sam Querrey. 2012 will mark the sixth time this 24-year old will play the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships since turning professional in 2006. In his singles career, Querrey has captured six singles titles, has amassed 145 singles victories and has earned more than $3 million in prize money. Querrey, who was born in San Francisco, CA and now resides in Las Vegas, NV, is coached by David Nainkin.
Returning to the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships for the 9th time in his career is American James Blake. Blake, 31, last played the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships in 2011 when he reached the round of 16. A native of Yonkers, New York, Blake currently resides in Tampa, Florida. Blake is currently ranked #59 in the South African Airways 2011 ATP Singles Rankings. In his career, Blake has earned more than $7 million in prize money and is coached by Kelly Jones.
American John Isner, 26, returns to the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships for the fifth time in his career. In 2010, Isner reached the singles final in Memphis where he lost a hard fought 6-7(3), 7-6 (5), 3-6 match to eventual champion Sam Querrey. Later that day, Isner teamed with Querrey to capture the 2010 Regions Morgan Keegan Doubles Championship with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Ross Hutchins (GBR) and Jordan Kerr (AUS). A native of Greensboro, North Carolina, Isner currently resides in Tampa, Florida. Isner is currently ranked #18 in the South African Airways 2011 ATP Singles Rankings. In his career, Isner has earned more than $3 million in prize money.
Playing in Memphis for the third time in his career is former world’s #1 Lleyton Hewitt. In his singles career, Hewitt has amassed more than 550 victories and 28 singles titles including the U.S. Open title in 2001 and Wimbledon in 2002. He has earned more than $19 million in career prize money. The Adelaide, Australia native appeared at the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships in 2011 where he reached the quarterfinals before losing to eventual tournament champion Roddick in three sets (6-4, 3-6, 6-4).
Entering the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships for the first time is 19 year-old Jack Sock. Sock, who was born in Lincoln, Nebraska but now resides in Overland Park, Kansas, Graduated from Blue Valley North High School in May 2011. In his high school career, Sock compiled an unblemished 80-0 record capturing four consecutive state championships. On the junior circuit, Sock captured 18 USTA National titles and won the 2010 USTA Boys’ 18’s Nationals and the 2010 U.S. Open junior title. Most recently, the 6′, 1″ 180-pound Sock teamed with fellow American Melanie Oudin at the 2011 U.S. Open to capture the 2011 Mixed Doubles title.