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Official 2000 US Open website brings Tennis fans Worldwide courtside

-- Anywhere, Anytime Access to Tournament Info and Stats Via Handheld Devices -- www.usopen.org

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ARMONK, N.Y - 16 Aug 2000: Tennis fans from around the world once again can experience the action and excitement of the 2000 US Open, from wherever they are, at any time, as www.usopen.org, the official Web site, goes live today.

Designed, developed and hosted by IBM in partnership with the United States Tennis Association (USTA), several new elements have been added to the site to further enhance fans' experience of every point, game, set and match via the Web.

The USTA is further embracing e-business this year by having scores, player profiles, events and statistics available via handheld devices from www.usopen.org. The US Open is one of the first major sporting event in the U.S. to offer this type of real-time information, wirelessly, to fans around the world. During the tournament, fans in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific can sign up for this service (based on cellular service provider) beginning August 28 via a link on the US Open Web site, allowing them to receive the service on a variety of devices, including Personal Digital Assistants and web-enabled phones.

"As we enter a brand new century of US Open tennis championships, we are happy to be teaming with IBM to bring www.usopen.org to fans all over the world," said USTA Chief Marketing Officer Pierce O'Neil. "The official Web site of the US Open will capture all the action both on and off the court at the USTA National Tennis Center and bring it right to the fingertips of sports fans around the world like never before."

This year, US Open Daily, a live program streamed exclusively on www.usopen.org, will capture the excitement of the US Open "experience" every night. The half-hour, magazine-style show will originate from various locations around the grounds of the USTA National Tennis Center and give Web site visitors a true feel for being there with video features, interviews with players, celebrities and fans, and a behind-the-scenes look at the US Open. Fans will have a chance to send e-mail to the show for questions and comments each day. The interactive show will be aired daily at 7:00 p.m. EST during the tournament and, for fans who can't catch it live, archives of previous Webcasts, as well as individual features produced for the show, will be downloadable from the site. US Open Daily is the centerpiece of an enhanced multimedia area -- "Live at the Open" -- which also features live audio and play-by-play of select matches.

Fans who want to personalize their US Open experience can register on the site to receive a daily update via e-mail. These newsletter-style updates will include a wrap-up of the day's action and a preview of the next day's top matches.

"The official US Open Web site provides fans with the experiences to virtually transport them to the USTA National Tennis Center," said Eli Primrose-Smith, vice president, IBM Worldwide Olympic and Sports Sponsorships. "From robotic cameras to real-time results and event stats, the Web site will showcase the power of e-business solutions that IBM can provide."

Another new feature on www.usopen.org is "GroundsCam," which allows users to view a 180 degree panorama of the action at the USTA National Tennis Center. The image will be updated frequently throughout each day of the tournament.

Visitors to the site also will be eligible to participate in a US Open trivia contest. Being fully interactive, fans can test their tennis knowledge of the sport's hottest stars, tennis history and interesting statistics.

In addition, the official USTA online store will offer a wider assortment of US Open merchandise than ever before. Tennis fans will be able to sign up for a temporary USTA membership that will entitle them to 10 percent off all purchases in the USTA online store. New and current members also can take advantage of separate discount offers available in a Members Only area.

Additional highlights of www.usopen.org include:Match Stats - Presents real-time stats on tie breaks, 1st points won, server points and return games won, aces and double faults from all main match courts (Courts 1, 2, 3, 10 and 13);IBM Real-Time Scoreboard - Features point-by-point score updates from every match and for every player; plus updated news, netcam views from the showcourts, match stat and views of some of the top selling merchandise in the shop;SlamCam - Fans direct the action! Users can controlfour robotic cameras from their PCs. Pan, zoom and take a snapshot; Virtual Tour - Explore the USTA National Tennis Center and Arthur Ashe Stadium;Printable Draws - Follow the progress of tops seeds or favorite players;News and Photos - Get all the latest news, photos, results, match summaries and statistics, feature stories and complete interview transcripts.For six years, IBM and the USTA have combined the best in tennis and technology to transform the US Open into a prominent e-business. www.usopen.org was designed and developed by IBM in conjunction with the USTA communications and marketing departments. The Web site is powered by an IBM RS/6000 SP using the AIX operating system, Lotus Notes client and Lotus Domino server software. In addition to the official tournament Web site, IBM will also use integrated services and products to collect match results and statistics and to distribute the information to the media and display boards on the grounds at the USTA National Tennis Center.

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Editor's Note:

The United States Tennis Association owns and stages the US Open and selects the teams that compete in Davis Cup, Fed Cup and the Olympic Games. The USTA is the national governing body for the sport of tennis in America and is a non-profit organization with more than 600,000 members. It invests all its resources to promote and develop the growth of tennis, from the grass

roots to the professional levels.

IBM, as official Information Technology and Internet supplier of the 2000 US Open, provides the equipment and services for results and statistics collection; supplies information and graphics to television broadcasters and media; and distributes tournament data through information stations located around the USTA National Tennis Center. As an extension of this information processing system, IBM has installed the programming interface, equipment and networking infrastructure to allow this and other information to be transferred to the official 2000 US Open Web site, making it accessible to the world through the Internet.

Products and Services Involved in IBM's US Open solution: Systems integration, Web design and Web hosting from IBM Global Services; IBM PCs, ThinkPads, IntelliStations, Aptivas, RS/6000 workstations, RS/6000 SPs using AIX operating system, IBM 2216 routers to balance traffic among Web servers and provide Web caching, Netfinity servers, DB2 Universal Database for Linux, Lotus Notes, Lotus Domino, Net.Commerce, Network Dispatcher, Tivoli software, IBM SurfAid Analytics, LAN Network Manager and RAMAC Array storage units.

* IBM, RS/6000 SP and AIX are trademarks or registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation.

** Lotus, Lotus Notes and Lotus Domino are registered trademarks of Lotus Development Corporation.

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