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Mississippi Serves as Next Stop for USTA Pro Circuit

April 10, 2006 02:33 PM

For the third straight week, the USTA Pro Circuit tour will field an event in the Great South. This week, Jackson, MS will play host to the M&F Bank $25,000 Women’s Challenger of Jackson.

The tournament will take place at the River Hills Club where the singles and doubles main draws begin on April 11th and continues through the week with champions being crowned on Sunday, April 16th.

The USTA Southern Section will be represented in the draw as Tennessee native Carly Gullickson is among the field of competitors. The rest of the American contingent includes Asha Rolle (Miami, FL), Angela Haynes (Victorville, CA), and Tiffany Dabek (Bradenton, FL).

The Jackson tournament serves as the second stop 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.

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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