MERCURY INSURANCE OPEN LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS Women’s Professional Tennis Event Offers Many Volunteer Opportunities During Tournament From July 31 to Aug. 8 at La Costa Resort and Spa Carlsbad, Calif. (May 19, 2010) – The 2010 Mercury Insurance Open, scheduled from July 31 to Aug. 8 at the La Costa Resort and Spa, has issued a call for tournament volunteers. The women’s professional tennis tournament has returned to San Diego County after a two-year hiatus and volunteers are needed to help welcome back the best women tennis professionals in the world. A variety of volunteer positions are now available. Volunteers are needed to work in the following areas during the tournament: Guest Services; Tickets and Gates; Ushers and Media Center. Local residents familiar with the area are also needed to serve as volunteer drivers in Tournament Transportation. Training for each position will be provided. “The tournament is quickly approaching and we are looking for energetic volunteers to help make this a successful event at the La Costa Resort and Spa this summer,” said Raquel Giscafre, Mercury Insurance Open tournament director. “Being a volunteer is a great way to become part of our team and to get involved in a community event.” If there is a common thread among many of the professional tennis tournaments around the world, it is the importance of having a strong core of dedicated volunteers to help make an event successful. “It would not be possible to have a tournament like the Mercury Insurance Open without the help of volunteers,” Giscafre said. “In the past, we have been very fortunate to have a great group of volunteers and we hope to continue the tradition this year.” Tournament volunteers should be at least 18 years of age and able to work a minimum of four shifts during the event. A shift is approximately five hours. Volunteers will receive a uniform consisting of a tournament shirt and sweatshirt. They will also receive one meal per shift worked. “Volunteers are our lifeline,” said Gail De Weese, a Carlsbad resident who serves as the Mercury Insurance Open Director of Volunteers. “Their contribution to the tournament is invaluable.” According to De Weese, volunteering at the tournament is a very rewarding experience for those involved. “There are so many benefits of being a volunteer at this event,” she said. “You get to meet new people and spend the week in a great environment at the La Costa Resort and Spa as well as being part of a special event.” De Weese said tennis experience or knowledge of tennis is not required to be a volunteer, only a desire to help fans, players and officials have a more enjoyable tournament experience. Anyone interested in being a volunteer at the 2010 Mercury Insurance Open should fill out a volunteer application form which is available under the “Volunteers” tab at mercuryinsuranceopen.com <http://mercuryinsuranceopen.com/> . For more information, call (760) 930-7031. The tournament is a Premier 700 Sony Ericsson WTA Tour event offering $700,000 in prize money. It will be televised on the Tennis Channel and ESPN 2 and will comprise one of the 10 events of the Olympus US Open Series. Players entered in the 2010 Mercury Insurance Open include, Ana Ivanovic, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Dinara Safina and Daniela Hantuchova.