Indianapolis - After almost 90 years, the Indianapolis Tennis Championships will move out of town.
Tournament directors announced Friday that they have sold the sanctioning rights to a group in Atlanta. RCA sponsored the event from 1992-2006, but it has not had a title sponsor since. That has made it harder to attract top players and, in turn, led to lower ticket sales and made the tournament no longer viable in Indianapolis.
"I think there is an opportunity down the road to re-evaluate tennis in this market," said tournament director Kevin Martin. "I think it possibly will come at a time when the ATP is maybe better able to devise a way to support events of our nature in a community of our size."
The move leaves no major event for the Indianapolis Tennis Center on the IUPUI campus. There is no word on what might happen to the facility now.