For 41 years the Memphis Open, presented by ServiceMaster, has featured the world’s greatest tennis players on-the-court, but off the court this ATP World Tour Classic has in recent years become the hottest lifestyle ticket in town with the advent of The MO and the presentation of live entertainment, food experiences and ancillary activities.
Tournament Director Erin Mazurek has announced The MO’s music lineup, culinary selections and the return of the Ping Pong Classic presented by Lexus of Memphis.
“Watching and talking tennis is naturally a priority for people attending the Memphis Open presented by ServiceMaster, but we take incredible pride to offer our fans much more through The MO, the ultimate lifestyle pop-up lounge in the mid-south,” stated Mazurek. “10 local culinary favorites, live music from eight of the region’s most talented musicians and Lexus of Memphis’ new presenting sponsorship of our ping pong extravaganza provides the perfect off-the-court combination of fun for our fans.”
Music on The MO stage will be a nightly attraction, and it will feature artists from a wide range of musical genres with the following local and regional acts performing live:
- Monday, Feb. 13, 5:30 – 7 PM: Brennan Villines
This classically trained pianist’ sound is a unique blend of Jazz, Pop, R&B, and Funk.
- Tuesday, Feb. 14, 5:30 – 7 PM: Blind Mississippi Morris
Blind since the age of four, Morris Cummings is one of the most heralded blues performers in the world.
- Wednesday, Feb. 15, 5:30 – 7 PM: Terry “Big T” Williams
Terry “Big T” Williams is a Blues Guitarist & Vocalist originally from Clarksdale, Mississippi.
- Thursday, Feb. 16, 5:30 – 7 PM: Dueling Pianos
Direct from Silky O’Sullivan’s on Beale Street, this is one of Memphis’ most entertaining and popular musical acts.
- Friday, Feb. 17, 5:30 – 7 PM: Loveland Duren
Loveland Duren is the genre-bending collaboration between Vicki Loveland and Van Duren.
- Saturday, Feb. 18, 5:30 – 7 PM: John Paul Keith
This singer-songwriter-guitarist offers a combination of rockabilly and power pop like no other.
- Saturday, Feb. 18, 9-11 PM: Bluff City Soul Collective
This 12-member band will bring down the MO on Saturday night.
- Sunday, Feb. 19, 11:30 AM – 12:45 PM and 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM: Brian “Breeze” Cayolle Trio
Led by saxophonist/clarinet master/singer/songwriter Brian “Breeze” Cayolle, this group offers a soulful sound that blends jazz, blues, R&B, and rock ‘n roll.
Tickets are still available for the Memphis Open but box seats are sold out.
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The Ping Pong Tournament returns on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, February 14-16 and features a 64-player draw and is open to men and women, amateur or pro. All players are guaranteed a second match in the consolation draw format. Last year, the tournament attracted more interested entrants than the 64-player field could accommodate, and match officials feel sure the player interest will be even higher this year. Interested players can click here to sign up.
About Memphis Open Presented by ServiceMaster:
The Memphis Open is one of the longest-running American tournaments on the ATP World Tour and the only indoor ATP event contested in the United States. The 41st annual tournament is scheduled for February 11-19, 2017 at the Racquet Club of Memphis. Men’s champions have included a “Who’s Who” of the tennis world: Andre Agassi, Jimmy Connors, Bjorn Borg, Jim Courier, Stefan Edberg, Ivan Lendl, John McEnroe, Andy Roddick and Pete Sampras. Doubles champions include three of the greatest tandems of the Open era: Bob and Mike Bryan, Ken Flach and Robert Seguso, and Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde, among others.