Women’s USTA Pro Circuit Stays in the South

March 31, 2006 11:53 AM

For the second consecutive week, the Women’s USTA Pro Circuit will have an event held in the South as Pelham, AL and the Pelham Racquet Club plays host to the Regions Bank/Morgan Keegan Trust $25,000 Women's Challenger Presented by Academy Sports & Outdoors.

Following the conclusion of the current Louisiana hosted USTA Pro Circuit event on April 2nd, the Circuit quickly moves it’s attention to Pelham where both the singles and doubles main draws begin on Tuesday, April 4th. The tournament will run through the week and conclude with championship matches on Sunday, April 9th.

Ahsha Rolle of Miami, FL and Angela Haynes of Victorville, CA highlight the American contingent in this year’s field. Rolle has seen her ranking jump over 200 places in the past year with a second place finish on the 2005 USTA Pro Circuit prize money list. Haynes is coming off a year in which she competed in all four Grand Slam events including pushing Serena Williams to a deciding third set at Wimbledon.

This clay court event serves as the first of a seven week USTA Pro Circuit women’s clay court season. The seven week period serves as an opportunity for players gearing up for the French Open in May. The French Open is the only Grand Slam event played on clay.

For complete information on tournament happenings, check out the official tournament website at www.pelhamracquetclub.com

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.