TERESA: WELCOME BACK, EVERYONE. YOU ARE WATCHING “CT STYLE.” IF YOU WANT TO GIVE BACK, WHY NOT DO IT WITH SOME IN THE COMPETITION AND EXERCISE? RYAN: THEY’RE IN IT — THERE IS A TENNIS TOURNAMENT GOING ON RIGHT HERE IN NEW HAVEN. TERESA: THEY JOIN US THIS MORNING — THE ORGANIZERS JOIN US THIS MORNING ON THE WHITE COUNT. YOU GUYS DRESSED APPROPRIATELY. RYAN: TENNIS SHOES AND YOU ARE ROCKING AND ROLLING. THIS IS FOR A GOOD CAUSE? IT IS. FIRST OF ALL, THANK YOU FOR HAVING US ON. THIS WHOLE EVENT HAPPENS BECAUSE WE HAVE SUPPORT FROM SPONSORS LIKE CHANNEL EIGHT. IT WAS A GREAT EVENT LAST YEAR, AND THIS YEAR WE WANT TO MAKE IT EVEN BETTER. LAST YEAR, WE DID NOT QUITE KNOW WHAT WE HAD, AND THIS YEAR WE WANT TO MAKE IT EVEN MORE SUCCESSFUL. WE HAD 260 PLAYERS LAST YEAR. WE HAD NO CONCEPT THAT WE WOULD BE THAT BIG, IN THIS YEAR WE WILL TRY TO GET 300. RYAN: IS IT PEOPLE OF ALL SKILL LEVELS? THAT IS WHAT MAKES OUR TOURNAMENT UNIQUE. WE HAVE COMPETITIVE AND NONCOMPETITIVE OPTIONS. OUR WOMEN’S CHAMPION IT WAS NATIONALLY RANKED LAST YEAR — CHAMPION WAS NATIONALLY RANKED LAST YEAR. BUT IT IS OPEN FOR PEOPLE OF ALL SKILL LEVELS. TERESA: HOW MANY GAMES DID YOU PLAY IN ALL OF THIS? FOUR MATCHES. THE LAST ONE WAS AN INTERESTING BACK-AND-FORTH ON THE MAIN COURT. THAT’S A LOT OF FUN, BECAUSE IT WAS MY MAIN — MY FIRST TIME OUT THERE. I GOT UP TO LEAVE, AND I THOUGHT I HAD PULLED A MUSCLE. MY OPPONENT ALSO STARTED CRAMPING. BUT NEITHER OF US GAVE UP, SO IT CAME DOWN TO BEING PRETTY CLOSE. TERESA: AND THIS IS WHERE THE PROS ARE PLAYING? YES. YOU DO NOT REALLY REALIZE ALL THE NOOKS AND CRANNIES ON THE COURT, THAT THE BALL WILL — COURT, BUT THE BALL WILL BOUNCE AROUND AND YOU CASE IT — YOU HAVE TO CHASE IT. BUT IT IS A GREAT EVENT AND A LOT OF FUN. YES, YOU ARE PLAYING ON THE COURT THAT THE PROS PLAY ON, AND THAT MAKES IT ALL THE MORE EXCITING. WE HAVE ONLINE REGISTRATION FOR THE TOURNAMENT. TERESA: AND IT REALLY BENEFITS HUNDREDS OF CHARITIES? 700 VETTED CHARITIES. THE BOARD WAS CONCERNED ABOUT THE ADMINISTRATIVE COSTS OF THESE NONPROFITS. WE WANTED TO MAKE SURE THEY WORK AT A CERTAIN LEVEL. 100 PERCENT OF EVERY DOLLAR GOES TO THE FUND. RYAN: LAST YEAR, WE DID A LITTLE SERVE ACTION. CAN WE DO THAT AGAIN? AW, JUST MISSED THE CAMERA. TERESA: ALL RIGHT, THAT WILL DO IT FOR “CT STYLE.” WE WILL SEE BACK HERE TOMORROW.

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