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Official 1999 U.S. Open Web Site Set to Serve Up a Winner for Sports Fans Worldwide

Every Match, Every Game, Every Point and Every Player

ARMONK, N.Y - 19 Aug 1999: /span> -- The Official 1999 U.S. Open Web site is now live at http://www.usopen.organd ready to serve up the hottest tennis action on the 'Net. Designed, developed and powered by IBM in partnership with the United States Tennis Association (USTA), the official Web site gives fans worldwide a chance to follow their favorite players' every match, every game and every point during this year's tournament.

A new detailed statistics section, Event Stats, is expected to be a "hit" with fans this year. Event Stats, presents data 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). Event Stats can be accessed via the downloadable IBM Real-Time Scoreboard, the desktop scoreboard that follows every point scored at the tournament. Fans can also follow the progress of top seeds or favorite players with Printable Draws which are updated daily as the tournament progresses.

Online U.S. Open action kicks off with a live cyberbcast of the 1999 U.S. Open Draw Ceremony, Wednesday, Aug. 25, starting at 10:30 a.m. ET from the USTA National Tennis Center. The cybercast will bring fans inside the Draw Ceremony with a special chat and Slam Cam feed.

When the tournament action begins Monday, August 30, 1999, fans can download real-time match scores, chat with players, purchase official merchandise and enjoy a unique tennis experience.

Highlights of www.usopen.org include:

-- Real-Time Scores - The IBM Real-Time Scoreboard will feature point-by-point score updates from every match and every player. Users can launch it on their desktop for quick access to continuously updated match scores and statistics. The IBM Real-Time Scoreboard also features direct links to news and photos.

-- SlamCam - Fans can capture their own view of the U.S. Open through three robotic cameras controlled from fan's desktop computers. Located at each of the main show courts, the SlamCam puts fans in the best seats for the tournament's most exciting matches.

-- News and Photos - Tennis fans who can't get enough of the U.S. Open will find the latest news, photos, results, match summaries and statistics, feature stories and complete interview transcripts.

-- Sights and Sounds - Live audio broadcasts of tournament action will be available to fans for the final two days of the U.S. Open. In addition, audio recaps of interviews and a video gallery of player interview clips will be offered throughout the event.

"The U.S. Open is one of the premier sporting events in the world, and our information technology partner, IBM, plays an integral role in bringing this competition to life for both the thousands of fans in the stands and the millions who access http://www.usopen.org," said USTA Director of Marketing Pierce O'Neil. "The official Web site of the U.S. Open puts the sights, sounds and action of the tournament at the fingertips of our fans."

"During the 1999 U.S. Open, IBM and the USTA will showcase the powerful combination of professional sports and e-business solutions," said Tom Burke, senior manager for sports marketing, IBM. "From real-time results and event stats to printable player draws and the online pro shop, tennis fans worldwide can become a part of the tournament at the official U.S. Open Web site."

For five years, IBM and the USTA have combined the best in tennis and technology to transform the U.S. Open into a prominent e-business. www.usopen.org was designed and developed by IBM Global Services' e-business services team in Atlanta, in conjunction with the USTA communication and marketing departments. The Web site is powered by an IBM RS/6000 SP using the AIX operating system and 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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Founded in 1881, the USTA is a not-for-profit organization with more than 530,000 individual members and more than 6,000 organizational members. As the national governing body for the sport of tennis in America, the USTA uses its $154 million annual budget to promote and develop the growth of tennis, from the grass roots to the professional levels. The USTA owns and stages the U.S. Open and also selects the teams that compete in Davis Cup, Fed Cup, the Pan American Games and the Olympic Games. For more information about the USTA, visit the USTA's web site at http://www.usta.com.

IBM, as official information technology and Internet supplier of the 1999 U.S. 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 1999 U.S. 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 content 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.

** Java is a registered trademark of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the U.S. and other countries.

Contact(s) information

Lisa Herden
IBM
914-765-4596
lherden@us.ibm.com

Brian Beglane
USTA
718-595-2403
beglane@usta.com

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