Atlanta Players Take Titles at Frisco Pro Tennis Classic

June 23, 2003 10:47 AM

It has been a big year for Atlanta native Jamea Jackson. After reaching the quarterfinals in the French Open Juniors at Roland Garros earlier this month, the 16-year-old Jackson won her first professional singles title at the Frisco Pro Classic in Dallas, TX last week.

Jackson, who trains in Bradenton, FL at the Bolletieri Tennis Academy and has recently reached a career high ITF ranking of No. 18, beat fellow American Angela Haynes in the finals by a score of 7-6(5), 6-3. What makes Jackson's title run even more impressive is the fact that she entered the main draw only after advancing through the qualifying rounds. She only dropped one set throughout the tournament, taking out two seeded players and the 2003 NCAA Singles Champion, Vilmarie Castellvi in the semifinals.

Marietta, GA native Julia Scaringe made it a clean sweep for the Atlanta players with her doubles title. Scaringe teamed with fellow American Stephanie Hazlett to win the title, knocking off the top-seeded tandem of Nicole Rencken and Remi Tezuka in the finals by a score of 6-2, 6-1. Scaringe, who recently finished up at the University of Florida, posted a 17-9 singles record for the Gators tennis team this season. She finished her collegiate career with a 96-42 singles record and an impressive 103-35 doubles record.

Other USTA Southern Section players competing in the event were No. 6 seed Jacqueline Trail of Raleigh, NC, who reached the quarterfinals before falling to runner up Angela Haynes, 6-1, 6-2, and Atlanta native Kristen Cargill, who dropped a 6-4, 6-1 decision to 2003 NCAA Singles Champion Vilmarie Castellvi in the first round of action.

The USTA organizes, sponsors, and administers the USTA Pro 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 the USTA Pro Circuit events range from $10,000 to $75,000, with more than $3 million in purses this year. Players also earn valuable ATP and WTA tour ranking points. The USTA Pro Circuit boasts as alumni some of the biggest names in tennis, many of whom have gone on to Grand Slam titles, including Andre Agassi, Lindsay Davenport, Chanda Rubin, Tim Henman, James Blake, and Mary Pierce.