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Ford Becomes Official Partner of Louisville International Open

September 4, 2015 03:12 PM

Bill Collins Ford to Provide Vehicles for 2016 Event

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky – Ford scores an ace with its latest partnership.

The Louisville International Open today announced Ford will be the official automobile for the tournament. The Louisville International Open will be held August 19-27, 2016 at the Louisville Boat Club. www.louisvilleinternationalopen.com

“With the city of Louisville launching new Ford and Lincoln vehicle lines as well as a new women’s professional tennis event set to call the city home, it seemed like a perfect partnership for Bill Collins Ford as well as the Louisville International Open,” said Kevin Collins, Bill Collins Ford Lincoln CEO and president. “We are excited to see what the future holds for an event that we know will be nothing less than excellent.”

“We are extremely pleased to have Ford on board as our Official Automobile for the 2016 Louisville International Open,” remarked tournament director Whitney Collins-Thompson. “As an international event, it is key to align ourselves with corporate partners who also serve the globe. Ford has also played an integral role in the growth of our city for over 100 years by creating jobs across a multitude of industries. Bill Collins Ford was built on a dream and a passion for delivering a unique experience for each customer; much like my vision for our tournament as we interact with the fans, players, sponsors and media members.”

The Louisville International Open is the newest event on the WTA calendar. The 32-player main draw will feature some of the best women tennis players. The tournament will be a family-friendly event showcasing world-class tennis, entertainment, a wide variety of food options and of course, some of the best bourbon in the city.

The Ford presence at the 2016 Louisville International Open will include:

  • 25 courtesy vehicles for tournament use
  • Ford vehicles transporting players around the tournament
  • Ford vehicles showcased throughout the tournament grounds
  • Designated parking area for guests with Ford vehicles

Tickets for the 2016 Louisville International Open go on sale in December and will be available online at www.louisvilleinternationalopen.com or by calling the Louisville International Open ticket office at 502.694.9429.

About Bill Collins Ford

Bill Collins Ford has been part of the Louisville community since 1969. The family-owned and operated business is the top selling Ford dealer in Kentuckiana and offers the world’s largest Ford dealership under one roof. Known for its performance vehicles, Ford is launching a new lineup including the Shelby GT350, the Ford GT Supercar and the redesigned Ford Raptor. The new Lincoln MKC, Lincoln Navigator, Ford Expedition and all Ford Super Duty Pickup trucks are being built in Louisville.

About the Louisville International Open

The 2016 Louisville International Open will be played August 19-August 27 at the Louisville Boat Club in Louisville, Kentucky. The one-week WTA event is leased and operated by Louisville Professional Tennis LLC. The Louisville International Open is an International event on the WTA calendar, held the week before the U.S. Open; and will feature some of the top women’s tennis players in the world. Louisville has a rich tennis history, unwavering love & dedication to sports, five-star hotels and restaurants; and a reputation for hosting the greatest two minutes in sports. For ticket information call 1. 502.694.9429 or visit www.louisvilleinternationalopen.com.

About Louisville Professional Tennis, LLC

The Louisville Professional Tennis, LLC (LPT) established in 2013 by Dr. Michael Bewley to initially bring an exhibition match to Louisville. Based on its success, the LPT has dedicated itself to reinvigorating the greater Louisville tennis community through various initiatives and includes members Dr. Michael Bewley, Landra Blackwell, Victoria Boggs and Jeffrey Levine. In 2015, LPT saw its mission materialize when the WTA awarded Louisville an International tournament, the Louisville International Open.