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US Open Commences with Skills Challenge Between Avid Tennis Fan and Pros

Published on 2008-08-26. Author : SpecialChem

NEW YORK -- For the second consecutive year, The Valspar Corporation, a global leader in the paints and coatings industry, held the final round of its Paint Performance Challenge on Saturday, August 23, 2008 during the US Open's Arthur Ashe Kids' Day Stadium Show. The 2008 champion, Enrique Carrion of Claremont, Calif., hit 11 targets during the final skills challenge, beating out seven other tennis enthusiasts for the opportunity to compete against the likes of Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams, Roger Federer and Lindsay Davenport.

Valspar is a major corporate sponsor of the US Open and the Olympus US Open Series. The centerpiece of its sponsorship is the "Valspar Paint Performance Challenge," a tennis skills competition held in eight cities during US Open Series events. During a series of competitions held over the past two months, tennis aficionados were given 60 seconds to test their hitting accuracy by making balls on the fly contact as many on-court targets as possible - 30 seconds for forehand shots and 30 seconds for backhand. The winners of each Challenge were flown to New York to compete in a national playoff. Claiming the championship title, Enrique Carrion was awarded the chance to compete with world-class tennis professionals, who played to raise money for the charity of their choice.

"Competing in the Valspar Paint Performance Challenge was an exciting and remarkable opportunity," said Enrique Carrion, the 2008 Valspar Paint Performance Challenge winner. "Playing on center court of the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center with the world's leading tennis champions is an incredible experience and I thank Valspar for the opportunity and the memories that will last a lifetime."

As part of its 2008 sponsorship, Valspar expanded the scope of the Paint Performance Challenge to the online world. In addition, an interactive Paint Performance Challenge video game that requires contenders use a tennis racquet apparatus to hit the virtual tennis balls into the targets on the television screen will be available for all to play at the Valspar booth during the US Open at Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

About Valspar Corporation:

The Valspar Corporation is a global leader in the paint and coatings industry. Since 1806, Valspar has been dedicated to bringing customers the latest innovations, the finest quality and the best customer service in the coatings industry.

Source: Valspar Corporation

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