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USTA Pro Circuit News Around The South

May 2, 2005 01:40 PM

The USTA Pro Circuit is world-class tennis administered on the local level and played on local courts providing fans with the opportunity to experience the excitement of professional tennis a little closer to home. Prize money ranges from $10,000 to $100,000 and players from over 79 countries battle it out to earn valuable ranking points. Established professionals and aspiring tennis players use these circuit events as a pathway to the US Open and other tour-level competitions.

The Courtesy Automotive Group Championship in Lafayette, La., finished up with a victory for Romanian Edina Gallovits. Gallovits defeated North Carolina’s Cory Ann Avants 6-4, 6-4 to earn a spot in the finals of the $50,000 event. Avants, the only American semi-finalist, upset fifth seeded Delia Sescioreanu, 6-3, 6-3 before dropping to the eventual champion. Gallovits went on to defeat Olha Lazarchuk, 6-2, 7-6 (6) in the finals. Both Gallovits and Lazarchuk are headed for the main draw of the $75,000 Challenger held in Raleigh, NC this week.

The 2005 Harrah’s Entertainment $50,000 Men’s Pro Challenger is the fifth event of the USTA Pro Circuit men’s challenger this season. This event was won by American James Blake, his first such tournament title in three years. Read more about this championship win here.

The North Hills Club in Raleigh, NC is hosted the WRAL TV 5 Women’s Tennis Classic 2005 May 1st-8th. The tournament was the 15th USTA Pro Circuit women’s event of the year and has a purse of $75,000 for the champion. Many established players used this clay court tournament to gear up for the French Open later this month. Southern Section’s Lindsay Lee-Waters, Ashley Harkleroad, and Jewel Peterson were among the competitors in the singles draw. Harkleroad and Lee-Waters took home the 2005 doubles title.

The first round of singles main draw commences Tuesday, May 3rd and Tuesday through Thursday day time matches are free of cost. Night matches are $5 per person and children 10 and under are free. Saturday and Sunday matches are $5 per person except for all Mom’s who will receive free admission on Mother’s Day for the final starting at 1pm. Each night a courtside dinner will be hosted by a different local restaurant with a Cinco De Mayo dinner on Thursday night sponsored by Moe’s Southwest Grill. Member Appreciation Day will be held on Thursday for USTA Members and a Kid’s Carnival will be held from 10am-12pm on Saturday.




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