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Tennis legend will make appearance at Rancho Valencia Resort in Rancho Santa Fe

Tennis legend Martina Hingis will play in the Mercury Insurance Open Tennis Pro-Am , which will be held on Monday, Aug. 1, from 9 a.m.-noon at the Rancho Valencia Resort in Rancho Santa Fe.

Along with Hingis, the Mercury Insurance Open Tennis Pro-Am will feature several current professional players along with players from Southern California tennis clubs that won the opportunity to play in the event by generating the most Mercury Insurance quotes.

During her career, Hingis won the Australian Open singles title three straight years from 1997 to 1999. She also won Wimbledon and US Open singles championships in 1997. In addition to her success in singles, she captured 9 Grand Slam doubles titles and in 1998 became the fourth woman in history to complete a calendar-year Grand Slam in doubles.

On March 31, 1997, Hingis became the youngest player to achieve the No. 1 ranking at 16 years and 6 months. She is one of five players to hold the No. 1 ranking in singles and doubles simultaneously.

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Hingis is a former two-time tournament singles champion in Carlsbad having won titles at The La Costa Resort and Spa in 1997, defeating Monica Seles 7-6 (4), 6-4, and in 1999, when she overcame Venus Williams, 6-4, 6-0. Hingis also teamed with Spain’s Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario to win the doubles championship in Carlsbad in 1997.

The public is invited to watch the Mercury Insurance Open Tennis Pro-Am and admittance is free.

The 2011 Mercury Insurance Open field will be highlighted by two-time defending US Open champion and reigning Australian Open champion Kim Clijsters, former world #1 Ana Ivanovic, current world #3 Vera Zvonareva, 2010 champion Svetlana Kuznetsova, 2010 runner up Agnieszka Radwanska and other top stars on the WTA Tour including Daniela Hantuchova, Flavia Pennetta, Andrea Petkovic, Julia Goerges, Coco Vandeweghe, Christina McHale and Melanie Oudin.

Individual tickets are now on sale for the 2011 Mercury Insurance Open, July 30 to August 7 at the La Costa Resort and Spa. Reserved grandstand and box seat tickets, which range from $10-$125, are now available online at mercuryinsuranceopen.com or through Ticketmaster at ticketmaster.com. Tournament ticket packages are also on sale and begin at $70.

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