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Odesnik Keeps Winning, Takes Second Consecutive Pro Circuit Event Title

April 3, 2006 11:22 AM

Fourth seed, Wayne Odesnik of Weston, FL came from behind to defeat India’s Harsh Mankad 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 to claim the title at the $15,000 Newton Cox USTA Pro Circuit Futures tournament in Mobile, AL.

The championship was his second straight Circuit title after winning last week’s event in Little Rock, AR. The win also marked his fifth Pro Circuit title in the past year.

Odesnik was no stranger to decisive third set matches this week in Mobile as four of his five matches went to the deciding set. Mankad, best known for his doubles play was the no. 3 seed in the tourney.

The doubles draw featured an all American final with Kelly Jones and Pete Stroer defeating Alberto Francis and Troy Hahn 6-3, 6-4. Jones and Stroer did not drop a set en route to the championship. For Kelly Jones, it was a nice return to the south as the California resident originally hails from Fort Gordon, Georgia.

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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