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Kentucky’s Julie Ditty named USTA Pro Circuit Player of the Week

June 9, 2006 09:22 AM

Coming off a win at the $10,000 Houston Pro Tennis Classic on Sunday, Kentucky resident Julie Ditty has been named the USTA Pro Circuit Player of the week. The former Vanderbilt University standout turned pro in 2001 and will compete as the No. 2 seed at the Kaelin/Diadora USTA Women’s $10,000 Satellite in Hilton Head Island, SC this week.

Earlier this year, Ditty advanced to the semifinals of the $25,000 event in Hammond, LA and is quickly racking up accolades to match a stellar season in 2005. She won six of her 15 USTA Pro Circuit doubles titles in 2005 alone and thus far has posted a number of outstanding doubles results in 2006 – capturing the title in St. Paul, Minn, reaching the final in Waikoloa, Hawaii, and advancing to the semifinals in Las Vegas and Rockford, Ill.

As a junior in high school, Ditty was named Kentucky Female Athlete of the Year, she finished 1997 ranked No. 6 in the girls’ 18s and won the USTA International Hard Court Championships. An All-American and All-SEC player during her tenure at Vanderbilt University, she was also named the 1999 Tennessee Female Amateur Athlete of the Year. She resides in Ashland, KY and currently trains in Hilton Head Island, SC, with Yves Boulais and Patricia Hy.

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 ranges 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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