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Professional Tennis Returns to Dothan

April 6, 2004 03:51 PM
The third annual Movie Gallery USTA Pro Classic returns to the Westgate Tennis Center in Dothan, AL on April 18. A $75,000 USTA Pro Circuit Women's Challenger, this event will feature both tour veterans and rising stars.

Over 20 countries are represented in the event's strong field, which is expected tp draw spectators and attention from the tri-state region - Alabama, Florida and Georgia.

Mashona Washington
Headlining the field is no. 1 seed Venezuelan Milagros Sequera. She is joined by several strong American players including; no. 2 seed Samantha Reeves (Miami, FL), no. 4 Lindsay Lee-Waters (Atlanta, GA), no. 6 Tara Snyder (Houston, TX), no. 9 Marissa Irvin (Santa Monica, CA), Meilen Tu (Northridge, CA), Mashona Washington (Houston, TX), Jennifer Hopkins (Leawood, KS) and Ansley Cargill (Atlanta, GA).

Mashona Washington is the younger sister to former ATP pro, and 1996 Wimbledon Finalist, MaliVai Washington.

Qualifying round play at the Movie Gallery USTA Pro Classic starts on Sunday, April 18 with main draw action commencing on Tuesday, April 20. All matches will be played at the Westgate Tennis Center in Dothan. The championship is presented by WTVY News 4.

For more information contact the Westgate Tennis Center at 334-793-0399.

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 2004 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 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. For more information about the USTA Pro Circuit visit www.usta.com.




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