Match Point: Grapevine

US Open Qualifier Mean Big Bucks For North Texas

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    DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - FEBRUARY 15: Maria Kirilenko of Russia in action in her first round match against Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia during day one of the WTA Barclays Dubai Tennis Championship at the Dubai Tennis Stadium on February 15, 2009 in Dubai, UAE. (Photo by Tom Shaw/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Maria Kirilenko

    From July 4 through 11, some of the world's best female tennis players are battling it out at a tournament at the Hilton DFW Lakes in Grapevine. 

    "Most of our girls have played in a Grand Slam -- which is Wimbledon, U.S. Open, French Open and Australian Open -- so the quality of tennis is really high," said Chris Giordano with Hilton DFW Lakes.

    Tennis Players Battle for Final Points Before US Open

    [DFW] Tennis Players Battle for Final Points Before US Open
    The largest women's tennis competition hits off in Grapevine this weekend. Organizers told NBCDFW.com an estimated 4,000 people will watch top seeded players from around the world battle at The Hilton DFW Lakes. Who knew Grapevine was a hotbed of tennis action? (Published Wednesday, Jul 7, 2010)

    The nearly 60 players are trying to rack up rank points before the U.S. Open in August.

    But the girls who get those points aren't the only winners; so is the city of Grapevine. Organizers said they expect to sell more than 4,000 tickets to the event and they said those visitors will spend money eating and shopping at nearby Grapevine Mills Mall.

    As for the players, they said they enjoy coming to North Texas because of the people.

    "What's strange for me, being a New Yorker -- people are so nice that it makes me suspicious, but I’ve realized that's just everyone around here," said player Lena Litvak.

    This is the second time the event has been held at the Hilton DFW Lakes. Organizers said they're working on booking more.