[Longboat Key, FL - Feb. 22] The Sarasota Open is once again setting the stage for an amazing month of tennis action and a line-up of events that will appeal to tennis enthusiasts and sports fans alike. The Sarasota Open has grown in stature over the past six years and now boasts a $100,000 prize purse for its ATP/USTA Men's Invitational Tournament. A 16-person field of WTA/USTA players will battle it out for the top spot in the newly named Nick Bollettieri Sarasota Women's Open, played concurrently with the Men's Invitational. For tournament information and to purchase tickets, visit www.SarasotaOpen.org. For room reservations at the Resort at Longboat Key Club, call (800) 237-8821 or contact us at email@example.com. An exciting line-up of pre-tournament events and a week-long calendar of on-site events ensure an action-packed week for attendees. This year's Kick-Off Party and Casino Night will be hosted at The HUB on March 30, from 6-10 p.m. This event kicks off all the action of the upcoming tournament and is a top fundraiser for the event's charities, Taking Back Lives/Ripple Africa and the Panda Foundation. Enjoy entertainment, open bar, prizes and table game action during -casino night where a grand prize of a U.S. Open Travel Package will go to the top winner. Cost for admission is $75 per person. Contact www.SarasotaOpen.org for tickets. The Wild Card Tournament, hosted at the Bath and Racquet Club, will take place April 5-7. Entry fee is $100 and the entry deadline is April 1. To register please download an entry form at www.SarasotaOpen.org, or call (941) 809-8996. There is no charge for spectators attending this event. The winner of the tournament receives a coveted Wild Card entry into the prestigious Sarasota Open at the award-winning Tennis Gardens, April 13-21. The Pro-Am tournament on April 14 will feature 16 lucky players competing against 8 of the top players from the Sarasota Open and 8 of Nick Bollettieri's top stars. The field is limited to 16 players only - at cost of $1,000 each. This is your chance to play with some of the top seeded players on the circuit and some of the top names in the game today. As one of the hottest tickets in town, this opportunity will go fast. Contact www.SarasotaOpen.org to reserve your spot today. Sarasota Open Event Schedule (All events noted below take place at the Tennis Gardens unless otherwise noted) April 13 - 14 Men's Qualifying Tournaments April 14 Pro-Am Tournament featuring Nick Bollettieri and Friends April 15 Main Draw Tournament Action Begins Ladies- Tournament Action Begins April 16 Sarasota Open Celebrity Day April 17 Sarasota Open Sponsor Appreciation Day April 18 Sarasota Open Charity Recognition Day April 19 Nick Bollettieri Day - Nick Bollettieri - Master of Ceremonies April 20 Kids Day and Exhibition with Nick Bollettieri and Friends - 10 a.m. Men's Semi-Finals - Noon Ladies- Finals (not before 6:30 p.m.) April 21 Men's Finals, Doubles (tournament play begins at noon) Men's Finals, Singles Volunteer Recognition Day Trophy Presentation Want to be part of all the Sarasota Open action? Volunteers and ball persons are still needed to assist in the Tournament. This is your chance to get close to all the action and be part of this great event. Training classes for volunteers will be held in March. If you are interested in signing up please call (941) 809-8996, or send an email to Tony@SarasotaOpen.org. Tickets are now on sale for all Sarasota Open 2013 events and Tournament play and can be purchased at www.SarasotaOpen.org, or by calling (941) 809-8996. Tickets can also be purchased at the Tennis Gardens starting March 15th. Sponsorship opportunities are still available for the 2013 season. This year's VIP Corporate Row will include food & catering, offer exclusive access to the celebrity players and opportunities to participate in prize-giveaways. Please contact Scott Staff at firstname.lastname@example.org, (513) 448-6288, for more information.