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Two USTA Pro Tournaments Run In Alabama

March 29, 2010 06:40 PM
Two USTA Pro Circuit tournaments -- with the women in Pelham and the men in Mobile -- run during the week of March 29-April 4.

$25,000 women's tournament in Pelham
Kate Fuller, of Suwanee, Ga., was among the qualifiers to advance to the main draw of The Pelham Racquet Club Women's $25K Pro Circuit Challenger. Grace Min, a native of Lawrenceville, Ga. is set in the main draw.

Russian Evgeniya Rodina, ranked No. 109, is the top seed.

The tournament, sponsored by the Rick and Bubba Show, runs from March 28-April 4. Radio DJ Bubba Bussey is a member of the USTA Southern Marketing Committee.

Other Southern players, including Caroline Price, of Duluth, Ga., and Alexandra Anghelescu, of Norcross, Ga., did not advance out of qualifying.

Here's a list of activities at the tournament:
Sunday, March 28th - Qualifying
Monday, March 29th - Qualifying & Pro AM/Player’s Dinner
Tuesday, March 30th - Main Draw – Kid’s Night (for all kids: free clinic 5:00-5:45, free hot dog & drink, raffles throughout feature match)
Wednesday, March 31st - Main Draw – No feature night matches.
Thursday, April 1st - Main Draw – Rick & Bubba Night
Friday, April 2nd - Main Draw – PRC Night (Prizes throughout the night)
Saturday, April 3rd - Singles Semifinals & Doubles Final – Quickstart clinic 9:00-11:00 am. Contact Omar Alcaino at 205-317-3320 for details and to sign up.
Sunday, April 4th - Singles Final

**Matches will start in the morning around 10:00 am and go throughout the day. Feature night matches will start around 6:30 p.m.

Omar Alcaino will be having a drop-in clinic for 3.5 – 4.0 Softcourt ladies and 3.5 USTA ladies on Mondays from 11:00 – 12:30 p.m. The first clinic will be offered this Monday, March 15th at Pelham Racquet Club. Please call 205-621-3380 to sign up.PRC has WIFI and we will have lunches & dinner available for purchase during Pro Circuit Week.

USTA QuickStart Tennis Program
If you are between the ages of 6 and 10 years old, boys and girls- and have an interest in the sport of tennis you are invited to this exciting Play Day event. When: Saturday, April 3rd 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

$15,000 men's tournament in Mobile
Reigning NCAA Division I singles champion Devin Britton is among the field of 32 men has been finalized for the $15,000 2010 Newton Cox Professional Tennis Classic being held at the Copeland-Cox Tennis Center in Mobile, Ala. 

Britton, who attended Ole Miss when he won the tournament last year, will face Daniel Danilovic in the first round. He is a native of Brandon, Miss.

Vikram Hundal, of Alpharetta, Ga. is schedule to face Bryan Koniecko in the first round.

The public is welcome to watch all matches free of charge.  Lunch may be purchased onsite.  
The 2010 Newton Cox USTA Professional Tennis Classic enters its 22nd year on the USTA Pro Circuit. This tournament is the third-longest running men’s event on the USTA Pro Circuit, just behind Aptos, Calif., marking its 23rd year, and Little Rock, Ark., marking its 30th year. It is the first of two $15,000 Futures tournaments held in Alabama. (Birmingham will host a Futures event the week of November 1.)

With 60 courts, the Copeland-Cox Tennis Center is the US’s largest public tennis facility. Already in 2010, the facility has hosted five tournaments (1 Local, 1 Southern Level, 1 National Level & 2 Charity Events) with over 2,500 participants including the recently completed USTA Spring National Boys and Girls 18 & Under Championships. 

About the USTA Pro Circuit
With 94 tournaments throughout the country and prize money ranging from $10,000 to $100,000, the USTA Pro Circuit is the pathway to the US Open and tour-level competition for aspiring tennis players and a frequent battleground for established professionals.  Last year, more than 1,000 men and women from more than 70 countries competed on the USTA Pro Circuit for approximately $3.2 million in prize money and valuable ATP & WTA ranking points.  Maria Sharapova, Andy Roddick, James Blake, Andy Murray, Jelena Jankovic, David Nalbandian, & Jo-Wilfried Tsonga are among today’s top stars that began their careers on the USTA Pro Circuit.  The USTA Pro Circuit is world class tennis administered on the local level and played on local tennis courts as part of the fabric of communities nationwide – an opportunity for current and new fans to experience the excitement and intensity of the professional game in their neighborhood.




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