Shelby Rogers Replacing Madison Keys
at The Greenbrier Champions Tennis Classic

 

White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. – (Sept. 14, 2016): Due to an unforeseen scheduling conflict out of The Greenbrier's control, Madison Keys will not be participating in The Greenbrier Champions Tennis Classic this Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 17-18, at The Greenbrier’s Center Court at Creekside.

The Greenbrier is happy to announce that Shelby Rogers will be taking Keys’ place and competing in Saturday's singles match against Venus Williams. Rogers will also team with John McEnroe to take on Pete Sampras and Venus Williams in Sunday’s mixed doubles match.


“While we’re obviously disappointed that Madison Keys won’t be joining us for this fantastic tennis exhibition, we’re still confident we will have a world class tennis event at Center Court at Creekside this weekend,” said Jill Justice, President of The Greenbrier. “Pete Sampras and John McEnroe are American tennis legends, and Venus Williams is one of the greatest women’s players to play the game. This is a great opportunity for Shelby Rogers, one of the rising stars in the game, to take on a legend in Williams. We’re thrilled that Center Court at Creekside is back open after the June 23 floods, and we are looking forward to an exciting weekend of tennis inside this beautiful venue.”

Rogers, 23, is a Charleston, S.C., native, who has been playing professionally since 2009. She has won 160 career singles matches and is currently ranked No. 62 in the WTA Rankings. She won the USTA 18s Girls National Championship in 2010 to earn a spot in the U.S. Open, her first Grand Slam appearance.


Since that time, Rogers has played in 17 Grand Slam tournaments, her best finish a quarterfinal appearance in the 2016 French Open.

“I’m excited to make my first trip to The Greenbrier Champions Tennis Classic and be part of the inaugural year for women’s players at the event,” said Rogers. “The opportunity to be paired against a legend like Venus Williams is exciting, and I can’t wait to team with John McEnroe.”


Played at the 2,500-seat Center Court at Creekside, which opened in 2015 and just received a new DecoTurf surface identical to the courts at the U.S. Open this week, The Greenbrier Champions Tennis Classic celebrates the long and storied tradition of tennis at America's Resort and is now in its fifth year.

This year’s event begins with a women’s singles match on Saturday at noon. Rogers will take on Williams, the sixth-ranked player in the world, in that contest. A men’s singles match featuring a pair of International Tennis Hall of Famers will follow at 2:30 p.m., with Pete Sampras, The Greenbrier’s Tennis Professional Emeritus, taking on John McEnroe.


Mixed doubles are on the slate for Sunday, with Sampras and Williams, who has won 16 Grand Slam doubles titles and three Olympic Gold Medals for doubles, teaming up against Rogers and McEnroe, widely considered one of the greatest doubles players of all time, at 12:30 p.m.

Tickets for single days and the entire weekend are still available for purchase, as are packages that include overnight accommodations at The Greenbrier. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit Greenbrier.com/TennisClassic.