USTA Professional Circuit Tournaments Coming Up in Atlanta and Mobile

March 17, 2003 04:18 PM

The USTA Pro Circuit, the world's largest professional tour for tennis development, is designed to help up-and-coming players compete against players from around the globe and develop into champions. Past participants include Anna Kournikova, Lindsey Davenport, Mary Pierce, Justine Henin and many more. The following are two events taking place in the coming week in the USTA Southern Section.

The Neighborhood Charter School USTA Women's $25K Challenger
Held at The Racquet Club of The South in Norcross, GA on March 24-30, 2003, this tournament will feature world class professional tennis players from all over the world and will benefit The Neighborhood Charter School, an in-town elementary school in Grant Park, which opened in the fall of 2002. The 98 year old Atlanta school building, housing the 105 kindergarten through third grade students, was destroyed by fire in February following a full year of extensive remodeling by parents and volunteers.

Admission to the event is free, but donations benefitting the Neighborhood Charter School will be accepted.

The 32 singles qualifying will begin Sunday, March 23, and the 32 player main draw will begin Tuesday, March 25. The 8-team doubles qualifying will begin Monday, March 24 at 12:30 PM, with the 16-team main doubles draw scheduled to begin Tuesday, March 25.

As part of the week’s events a Pro-Am is scheduled for Monday, March 24. Any player interested in enjoying an afternoon of great tennis with these pros and an evening of great fun should contact the tournament director, Peggy May at 843-290-1570. Cost per participant is $75 for the Pro-AM; $100 for the Pro-Am and Player party. Participation is limited to the first 16 who call!

Peggy May, Tournament Director, 843-290-1570
Debby Teitsman or Carolyn Sudberry, Press-Aides, 404-402-7719

The Racquet Club Of The South
6200 Peachtree Corners Circle
Norcross, GA
Phone: 770-449-6060

Main Draw (rankings as of 3/20/03):



1Angelika Roesch70Germany
2Libuse Prusova107Czech Republic
3Lindsay Lee-Waters108Duluth, GA
4Alina Jidkova113Russia
5Olga Barabanschikova121Belarus
6Julia Vakulenko124Ukraine
7Renata Voracova129Czech Republic
8Seda Noorlander140Netherlands
9Tara Snyder143Houston, TX
10Teryn Ashley155Chestnut Hill, MA
11Camille Pin156France
12Elena Baltacha163United Kingdom
13Marie-Eve Pelletier164Canada
14Samantha Stosur166Australia
15Sybille Bammer170Austria
16Nathalie Vierin171Italy
17Jie Zheng173China
18Christina Wheeler175Australia
19Julie Pullin183United Kingdom

Local players competing include:
Fifteen year-old Lindsay Burdette of Jackson, GA, received a Wild Card into the main draw, and Tanner Cochran of Dublin, GA, and Kristen Schlukebir of Atlanta are competing in the qualifying rounds. Atlanta's Kristen Cargill also received a Wild Card entry into the qualifying round of play.

2003 Newton Cox Men's Professional Tennis Classic
Named after the "father of tennis in Mobile," this event will be played at the Newton Cox Tennis Center in Mobile, AL March 24-30 and has a total prize money of $15,000.

The 32 singles qualifying will begin Saturday, March 22 at 9 am, and the 32 player main draw will begin Tuesday, March 25 at 10am. The 4-team doubles qualifying will begin Monday, March 24 at 1:00 pm, with the 16-team main doubles draw scheduled to begin Tuesday, March 25 at a time to be determined.

The tournament is named after Newton Cox, who passed away on Sunday, March 2 of this year. Cox, a former president of the USTA Southern Section and an instrumental figure in founding the Mobile Tennis Center was a tennis legend in the South, having been inducted into three different tennis halls of fame — the Alabama Tennis Association's Hall of Fame in 1989, the Southern Tennis Patrons Foundation Hall of Fame in 1991 and the Southern Tennis Hall of Fame in 1992.

Scott Novak, Tournament Director, 251-342-7462

Newton Cox Tennis Center
851 Gaillard Drive
Mobile, AL 36608
251-342-7462 - phone
251-345-1863 - fax

Main Draw (rankings as of 3/11/03):



1Vasillis Mazarkis159Greece
2Dmitri Turnsunov229Russia
3Hermes Gamonal235China
4Kevin Kim236Fullerton, CA
5Juan-Pablo Guzman250Argentina
6Jean-Julien Rojer256Netherlands-Antilles
7Zack Fleishman275Playa del Rey, CA
8Andres Pedroso280USA
9Rodrigo Monte284Brazil
10Michael Joyce298Santa Monica, CA
11Thomas Blake302USA
12Daniel Melo305Brazil
13Ignacio Hirigoyen317Argentina
14Michael Quintero323Columbia
15Pedro Braga334Brazil
16Dusan Vemic347Yugoslavia
17Peter Clarke348Ireland
18Nicolas Todero353Argentina

In addition to the hot tennis action the Southern Alabama Tennis Association will host several fun community tennis events to run during the tournament. These include:

  • "Adopt a Pro, not really" - Thirty-two families and individuals will prepare and distribute welcome baskets for the pros at check in. Included will in the baskets will be gatorade drinks, snacks and a welcome note. Each family will also cheer on their "adopted" pro throughout the tournament. The children of these families are invited to "Kids Night Out" with the pros and the adults are invited to the player pizza party.
  • "Media Day" (Monday March 24) - Media are invited to play in a "team" tournament with a pro coach and/or player. Elected Mobile officials will act as the line judges. Mobile's famous "Azalea Trail Maids" will be there to greet participants.
  • "Kids Night Out with the Pros" (Monday, March 24) - Games and clinic activities with pros followed by a pizza party. The 160 juniors currently participating in the winter season of the USA Team Tennis program and the Tennis Center Clinics are invited.

All interested parties should contact Melissa White, Coordinator Southern Alabama Tennis Association, for more community event information.