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Attend the Matches In Style Through Pilot Pen Tennis' Exclusive Travel Packages

NEW HAVEN, Conn., April 2003 - New Haven is serving up two summer travel packages that are sure to be an ace with tennis fans. 

Pilot Pen Tennis presented by Michelob ULTRA, A USTA Event, set for August 15-23, 2003 at the Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale, is offering guests an opportunity to attend one of the country's premier women's tennis events in style through two exclusive tennis packages:  Travel Pick Four (two box seats for guest's choice of any four sessions: August 17-21) and Travel Weekender (two box seats for Friday day and evening semifinals and Saturday finals, three sessions total).  Both packages include:

-- Two night's hotel accommodations
-- Box seat tickets in Stadium Court
-- A $50 American Express Gift Check for any of New Haven's most popular restaurants which participate in the "Mayor's Passport to Downtown Dining" program and dine alongside the pros.
-- 10% discount on AMTRAK
-- Welcome gift upon arrival at the hotel
-- Shuttle transportation to and from the hotel and Tennis Center

Pilot Pen Tennis annually features 70 of the top players on the worldwide WTA Tour.  Players who have all competed in recent years include four-time ('99-'02) Pilot Pen champion Venus Williams, former world No. 1 players Lindsay Davenport, Jennifer Capriati, Monica Seles, Martina Navratilova, top-10 stars Justine Henin and Daniela Hantuchova, Yugoslavian sensation Jelena Dokic, and French star Amelie Mauresmo.

In addition, Pilot Pen Tennis fans are treated to the best in entertainment for the entire family.  New England's premier women's sports entertainment event of the year, the Pilot Pen features nightly live music, a "SportZone" for kids of all ages, world-class shopping, outstanding food and more.  New Haven, home of the Pilot Pen, is renowned for its restaurants, shops, world-class theaters, museums and architecture that make it an ideal destination for a fun-filled getaway.

Both tennis packages are priced according to hotel accommodations, ranging from $595 to $650 for the Pick Four and from $695 - $750 for the Weekender.  Prices are based on double occupancy and are inclusive of tax and service charges.  Single occupancy rates and additional hotel room nights are also available upon request.

In addition to the match ticket choices, guests can choose from two participating hotels, the New Haven Hotel and the Omni New Haven Hotel at Yale, both centrally located in historic downtown New Haven and convenient walking distance to Yale University, shopping, restaurants and museums.

Travel Packages are available now by calling the Pilot Pen Tennis Box Office at 1-888-99-PILOT.

"These travel packages are a great way for fans to experience the excitement of Pilot Pen Tennis and to discover the charm of New Haven," said Anne Worcester, tournament director.  "New Haven is renowned for its excellent restaurants, great shopping, world-class theatre and so much more."

About Pilot Pen Tennis presented by Michelob ULTRA
"New England's Premier Women's Sports Entertainment Event of the Year." The 2003 Pilot Pen presented by Michelob ULTRA (www.pilotpentennis.com) , A USTA Event, will be held August 15-23 at the Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale. The 2002 event featured more than half of the world's top-12-ranked players, including four-time champion Venus Williams, former world No. 1 player Lindsay Davenport, teen stars Justine Henin of Belgium and Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia, and legend Martina Navratilova.  A total of 12.5 hours of 2002 Pilot Pen Tennis action was televised nationally on ESPN2 and CBS Sports. For information on tickets, travel packages, sponsorships or on how to become a volunteer at the 2003 Pilot Pen, call the Pilot Pen Tennis office at 203-776-7331 or 1-888-99-PILOT.