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Chase Open for women relocated

Nov. 21, 2002 at 4:01 PM

CARSON, Calif., Nov. 21 (UPI) -- The JP Morgan Chase Open tennis tournament for women will move from Los Angeles to the $130 million Home Depot Center in nearby Carson, Calif.

The sponsor made the announcement Thursday.

The 33-year-old event, which has been held at the Manhattan Country Club the past 21 years, will be played at the new state-of-the-art 8,000-seat arena from Aug. 4-10 next season, and will be will the second sponsored by Chase.

A multi-year commitment to hold the tournament at the Home Depot Center is in its final stages, according to Chase.

Past champions in Los Angeles include Steffi Graf, Martina Navratilova, Chris Evert, Billie Jean King and, more recently, Serena Williams, Lindsay Davenport, and Monica Seles.

The JP Morgan Chase Open is a WTA Tour Tier II tournament with a 48-player singles draw and a 16-team doubles draw. Prize money in 2002 was a record $585,000.

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