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$50,000 Dothan Tournament Begins

April 19, 2010 03:42 PM
Wild card Jamie Hampton narrowly lost in the quarterfinals of the Dothan Pro Classic to American Abigail Speaks 2-6, 7-6(5), 7-6(5). The Auburn, Ala. resident is on a hot streak, having won one USTA Pro Circuit tournament and reaching three finals this year. She had advanced by defeating fourth-seeded Lilia Osterloh 6-2, 3-6, 6-2.

Romanian Edina Gallovits won the final by a 6-1, 6-4 score ovr Anastasia Yakimova of Bulgaria. Yakimova teamed up with Alina Jidkova to win the doubles over Maria Irigoyen and Teodora Mircic.

The $50,000 women's USTA Pro Circuit tournament will run from April 19-25, its tenth year as a tournament at this level.

The outdoor clay tournament at the Westgate Tennis Center, 810 Recreation Rd., will have a main singles draw of 32 women, a qualifying singles draw of 32 women and a main doubles draw of 16 teams. The tournament web site is www.dothanprotennis.org.

Drew Champlin of the Dothan Eagle wrote an extensive story about Brian Early, Director, USTA Pro Circuit, and the tenth anniversary of the tournament. Click here to read the article.

In 1999, the USTA applauded Dothan's efforts to grow the game of tennis, awarding Dothan as one of four outstanding cities nationally to receive its "National Program Recognition Award" presented at the National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, N.Y.

In the year 2000 Dothan's Westgate Tennis Center became the most decorated Tennis Center in America when it won not only the USTA's Outstanding Facility Award but also the National awards of the Tennis Industry Association and the U.S. Tennis Court and Track Builder's Association.

In 2000-2001 the USTA entrusted Dothan's Westgate Tennis Center with two National Tournaments. Later in 2001 the USTA selected Dothan to host one of its professional circuit events: The Women's $25,000 Challenger Event. Brian Earley, US Open Umpire and Director of Professional Circuits, announced the good news in Dothan while addressing 200 tennis enthusiasts at Westgate Park. After the 2001 professional tournament in Dothan proved a tremendous success, the USTA selected Dothan to host a $75,0000 challenger, its highest level professional circuit event.

Now after eight successful years at the $75,000 level, Dothan will celebrate its 10th year at a new level tournament: $50,000. Research has shown that a $50,000 event attracts the same level players and all the same benefits as the $75,000.





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