Women’s tennis wants volunteers for July La Costa tournament

CARLSBAD — 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 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.
Anyone interested in being a volunteer at the 2010 Mercury Insurance Open should fill out a volunteer application form, available under the “Volunteers” tab at www.mercuryinsuranceopen.com. For more information, call (760) 930-7031.
“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.
“It would not be possible to have a tournament like the Mercury Insurance Open without the help of volunteers,” Giscafre said.
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.”
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.

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