Oudin added to local tennis event
U.S. Open star to play in Norcross in December

Melanie Oudin playing tennis at Norcross' Racquet Club of the South is nothing new. It's been her training center for years.

But the past year has been a whirlwind for the Marietta teenager, who has risen from obscurity to America's best hope for a young tennis sensation. The meteoric ascent has turned her into a hot commodity, making her addition to the upcoming Infinite Energy Atlanta Challenge a huge one.

The 18-year-old, the youngest American to reach the U.S. Open quarterfinals since Serena Williams in 1999, has joined the lineup for the local event, scheduled for Dec. 4 at her home club, Racquet Club of the South.

It will be a treat for local fans, but also nice for Oudin to get back in familiar territory.

"I am very excited and looking forward to it," Oudin said of the challenge. "Everyone from home can come and watch me play, and I get to play on my home courts."

Oudin's breakout season featured advancing to the fourth round at Wimbledon, where she defeated No. 6 seed Jelena Jankovic. She then defeated seeded players Elena Dementieva, Nadia Petrova and Maria Sharapova at the U.S. Open.

She will meet a yet to be announced singles player at the Infinite Energy event, which also features U.S. singles players Mardy Fish and former Georgia Bulldog John Isner, a 6-foot-9 player who ousted Andy Roddick at the U.S. Open this summer.

Following their singles match, Fish and Isner will team up for a doubles match against top-ranked brothers Bob and Mike Bryan.

The showcase will be followed by the Dec. 5-7 USTA Australian Open wild card playoffs, which will feature eight top American men and eight top American women competing for a spot in next year's Australian Open.

For more information on either event, go to www.TandSevents.com.

SideBar: Tennis

What: Infinite Energy Atlanta Challenge

When: Dec. 4, 6:30 p.m.

Where: Racquet Club of the South, Norcross

Noteworthy: U.S. teen sensation Melanie Oudin will play an exhibition match, as will American men John Isner and Mardy Fish, along with top doubles team, Bob and Mike Bryan

Tickets: www.TandSevents.com