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Cargill and Gullickson to Compete in the BallenIsles USTA $25,000 Women's Challenger

May 17, 2006 05:36 PM

Atlanta’s Ansley Cargill and Chelsey Gullickson, formerly of Brentwood, TN, are scheduled to compete in the BallenIsles USTA $25,000 Women's Challenger in Palm Beach Gardens, FL May 15-21. Cargill goes into the BallenIsles Challenger as the eighth seed following a trip to the semifinals of the USTA $50,000 St. Paul Challenger in February. This is the first pro event for the 15-year old Gullickson, who is the younger sister of established Pro Circuit player Carly Gullickson.

The BallenIsles Challenger is the final event of the seven-week USTA Pro Circuit women’s clay court season and is designed for players gearing up for the French Open. Qualifying which begins May 23. The event was first held in 2003 and took place in November the last three years.

The 24-year old Cargill turned pro in 2001 after her freshman year at Duke University. While at Duke, she was an ITA All-American, the ITA Freshman of the Year and earned a No.1 ranking before finishing the year at No.2 behind Laura Granville. She will vie against fellow American Alexandra Mueller in the first round of competition at this year’s BallenIsles Challenger.

Gullickson will appear in both singles and doubles play, taking on Canadian Valerie Tertreault in the first round of singles. She will team up with Canadian Marie-Eve Pelletier in doubles against Anna Bartenstein and Jelena Durisic.

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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