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Professional Tennis Heating Up in Kentucky

July 14, 2003 12:25 PM

If you live in Kentucky and need your fill of professional tennis you are in luck! Lexington and Louisville, KY play host to some high intensity, professional tennis as two USTA Professional Circuit events kick off starting on Saturday, July 19.

The Fifth-Third Bank Tennis Championship is a combined men's and women's event and will be played at the Hilary J. Boone Tennis Stadium at the University of Kentucky in Lexington. Prize money for both the men's and women's draws will be $50,000, with each singles winner pocketing $7,200 and each doubles championship team taking home $3,100.

Qualifying round play for the Fifth-Third Bank Tennis Championship starts on Saturday, July 19, with main round action beginning on Monday, July 21. Both the women's and men's draws promise to be exciting as both feature some of the best young talent on the WTA and ATP Tours. The women's side will feature several Americans, including tour veteran Lindsay Lee-Waters, young hopefuls Sunitha Rao and Meilin Tu and Corina Morariu, as she continues her comeback after her battle with Leukemia.

The men's main draw will include former UGA star and two time NCAA singles champion Matias Boeker and other young American players such as Jack Brasington, Zach Fleishman and Kevin Kim.

Following the Pro Circuit event in Lexington will be the 2003 Yum! Brands / Pepsi-Cola $50,000 Women's Tennis Championship of Louisville. Qualifying round action starts on Saturday, July 26 and main draw play on Monday, July 28. It will be played at the Bass-Rudd Tennis Center at the University of Louisville. Prize money distribution for this $50,000 USTA Pro Circuit Challenger is the same as the Lexington event.

Georgia's Ansley Cargill is scheduled to compete as is Lindsay Lee-Waters. They join an impressive group of other rising stars on the WTA Tour in the event's main draw.

The women's winner of both the Lexington and Louisville tournaments will receive a Wild Card into the main draw of the WTA $170,000 Quebec City championship in October.

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




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