Georgia's Harkleroad and Reynolds Top USTA Pro Circuit Prize Money List

December 19, 2005 12:04 PM

Georgia's Ashley Harkleroad and Bobby Reynolds both enjoyed very successful tennis seasons in 2005 as they finished the year as the women's and men's money leaders on the USTA Pro Circuit. They are now in good position to make waves at the Tour level in 2006.

Harkleroad, 20, of Flintstone, Ga., began the year injured and contemplating retirement and finished as the leading prize money winner on the USTA Pro Circuit with $41,153. An elbow injury led to a ninemonth layoff, during which she married touring pro Alex Bogomolov. Harkleroad returned to competition in April and quickly regained the form that brought her as high as No. 39 in the world in 2003. She won two singles titles ($50,000 Louisville, Ky., and $75,000 Washington, D.C.), was the runner-up at $50,000 College Park, Md., and won two consecutive doubles titles with Lindsay Lee-Waters ($75,000 Raleigh, N.C., and $50,000 Charlottesville, Va.). Harkleroad also qualified at Wimbledon, falling to fellow American Jill Craybas in the main draw. She finished the year ranked No. 119 in the world, after beginning April ranked No. 209.

Reynolds, 23, of Acworth, Ga., enjoyed a breakthrough year, improving nearly 200 spots to finish 2005 ranked No. 95 in the world. In the process, he earned $47,265 on the USTA Pro Circuit, over $13,000 more than Brian Vahaly, the No.2 player on the 2005 USTA Pro Circuit prize money list. Reynolds’ breakthrough came at the Australian Open in January, where he won three matches to qualify, then reached the third round, upsetting No. 17 seed Andrei Pavel in the second round before falling to Rafael Nadal of Spain. Reynolds excelled at the Challenger level, winning $75,000 Nashville, Tenn., posting runner-up finishes at two others ($50,000 Lexington, Ky., and $50,000 Lubbock, Texas), and winning two doubles titles ($50,000 Lexington, Ky., with Scoville Jenkins; and $50,000 Calabasas, Calif., with Amer Delic). In all, Reynolds reached the quarterfinals or better at nine USTA Challengers in singles, and reached the doubles semifinals or better seven times. At the tour level, he reached the quarterfinals at Washington D.C. and reached the doubles final at New Haven with Rajeev Ram.

Women's Top Ten Money Leaders

NameUSTA Pro Circuit Prize Money
1. Ashley Harkleroad (USA)$41,153
2. Ahsha Rolle (USA$32,056
3. Bethanie Mattek (USA)$28,165
4. Varvara Lepchenko (UZB)$27,385
5. Carly Gullickson (USA)$26,039
6. Stephanie Dubois (CAN)$25,453
7. Julie Ditty (USA)$24,955
8. Anda Perianu (ROM)$24,143
9. Milagros Sequera (VEN)$23,728
10. Lindsay Lee-Waters (USA)$23,120
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Men's Top Ten Money Leaders

NameUSTA Pro Circuit Prize Money
1. Bobby Reynolds (USA)$47,265
2. Brian Vahaly (USA)$35,530
3. Rajeev Ram (USA)$34,625
4. Cecil Mamit (USA)$29,765
5. Dudi Sela (ISR)$29,690
6. Justin Gimelstob (USA)$28,802
7. Ramon Delgado (PAR)$28,540
8. Fred Niemeyer (CAN)$26,220
9. Amer Delic (USA)$25,901
10. Michael Russell (USA)$25,684
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