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USTA Pro Circuit Events Hitting the South

March 24, 2006 12:01 PM

Both the Men’s and Women’s USTA Pro Circuits are making stops in the South next week, as the Newton Cox USTA $15,000 Men’s Futures event comes to Mobile, AL and the Wolfe Lumber $25,000 Women’s Challenger visits Hammond, LA.

The two event’s singles and doubles matches begin on March 28th with play continuing until champions are crowned on Sunday, April 2nd.

The men’s draw at the Newton Cox Tennis Center will feature USTA Southern Section’s Lesley Joseph of South Carolina and Michael Yani of North Carolina. Eric Taino of Jersey City, NJ is the highest ranked player in the tournament. He owns 11 career USTA Pro Circuit doubles titles and was the winner of the 1992 U.S. Open Boy's Doubles championship. Overall, more than half of the main draw entrants are American.

To learn more about the tournament and the happenings surrounding the event, visit the official website at www.mobiletenniscenter.net or contact the tournament office at (251)342-7462.

The Oak Knoll Country Club will play host to the Women’s Challenger in Hammond. This year’s largely international field does include three American players, including Meilen Tu (Porter Ranch, CA), Asha Rolle (Miami Shores, FL), and Tiffany Dabek (Bradenton, FL). Tu has jumped over 200 places in the rankings over the last year and has accumulated four career USTA Pro Circuit singles titles.

This is the first professional tennis tournament held in Louisiana since Hurricane Katrina hit in September of 2005. The Oak Knoll Country Club suffered over $400,000 in damages, including fallen trees on tennis courts and destroyed fences. Wolfe Lumber and Tangipahoa Tourism Commission donated significant funds to help the site recover in time to host this event.

To learn more about this tournament draw and festivities including an April 1st day of clinics provided by French Open Doubles Champion and ESPN Tennis Analyst Luke Jenson., visit the website at www.futuretennis.com or contact the tournament office at (985)542-5756.

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 2005-2006 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 an alumni of some of the biggest names in tennis, many of whom have gone on to win Grand Slam titles, including Andre Agassi, Lindsay Davenport, Chanda Rubin, Tim Henman, James Blake, and Mary Pierce.




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