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Former University of Georgia Star Matias Boeker in Action at Sprint USTA Elkin Futures Event

April 11, 2003 12:10 PM

The USTA today announced that Taipei's Yeu-Tzoo Wang will be aiming for victory and the highly valued USTA ranking points that come with it as he enters next week's 2003 Sprint USTA Elkin Futures event. The up and coming 18-year-old is ranked No. 198 in the world, and will headline the $15,000 USTA Pro Circuit event at the Elkin Recreation Center from April 12-20.

Currently No. 198, Wang is the highest ranked player in the field, and received direct acceptance into the 32-player main draw. Sixty-four players will compete in the qualifying tournament April 12-14, for eight other berths. Local tournament organizers and the USTA will also award wild card entries to complete the field.

Fresh off of the ITF circuit, Wang has just begun his ATP Tour career. After winning the 2001 Osaka Mayor's Cup doubles championship and reaching the finals of the 2001 U.S. Open Jr. Championships, Wang looks to do well in the professional field.

The field also includes Matias Boeker, who turned professional after his junior year at the University of Georgia and winning the NCAA singles titles in 2001 and 2002. Boeker was the first player to win back to back singles NCAA singles titles since Mikael Pernfors did it in the mid 1980s. Last year's Sprint USTA Elkin Futures doubles winners, Americans Huntley Montgomery and Tripp Phillips, will compete in the event as well. The world-class event features players from 10 countries.

Admission to the Sprint USTA Elkin Futures Professional Tennis Tournament is free. Additionally, a free tennis clinic taught by some of this year's players will be held Tuesday, April 15 and Thursday, April 17. The clinics will begin at 5:30 p.m. For more information about the event or clinic, please call the Elkin Recreation Center at (336) 835-9814.

The USTA organizes, sponsors and administers the USTA Professional Circuit, the gateway to the US Open and tour-level competition for aspiring tennis professionals and a frequent battleground for established players. The 2003 circuit features nearly 100 events for men and women. Prize money at USTA Professional Circuit events ranges from $10,000 to $75,000, with more than $3 million in purses this year. Players also earn valuable ATP and Sanex WTA tour ranking points.

Among the players to have launched notable careers on the USTA Professional Circuit are: Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras, Lindsay Davenport, Michael Chang, Patrick Rafter, Mary Pierce, Todd Martin, Chanda Rubin, Alexandra Stevenson, Jan-Michael Gambill, Anna Kournikova, Meghann Shaughnessy, James Blake and Andy Roddick.

The USTA owns and operates the US Open, two professional tour events, and 98 Pro Circuit events throughout the United States. In addition, it selects the U.S. teams for the Davis Cup, Fed Cup, and the Olympic Games. The USTA is the national governing body for the sport of tennis in the United States, and is a not-for-profit organization with more than 660,000 members. It invests all its resources to promote and develop the growth of tennis, from the grass roots to the professional levels. For more information on the USTA, log on to usta.com.




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