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USTA Florida April News -- Region 3 Sun & Nature Coasts

April 5, 2010 07:00 PM
by Nancy Morgan  

USTA Pro Circuits Come to Town

Region 3, which now includes Pinellas, Pasco, Hernando and Hillsborough counties in the USTA Florida section organization structure, is hosting several USTA Pro Circuits in 2010.

Cheval Athletic Club in Lutz and Clearwater's Henry L. McMullen Complex hosted women's events and Tampa's Harbour Island Athletic Club a men's $10,000. In each of the three, opportunities have been planned -- or are being planned -- to involve community players in a variety of ways.

Cheval Athletic Club in Lutz stepped up first with its second annual Red Rose Inn and Suites Tennis Classic, a USTA Pro Circuit $25,000 professional women's tournament staged in mid-January. Ace Sports Group, Inc., led by Jackie Trail Harang and Lee Harang, planned an array of events to include community players, both adults and juniors, with the pros. Events planned during each day of the tournament included a golf scramble, Members' Day, Player/Sponsor Reception, Seniors' Day, USTA League Captains' Day and Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

This year, there will be over 90 USTA Pro Circuit tournaments throughout the U.S. with prize money ranging from $10,000 to $100,000. These tournaments provide the perfect opportunity for tennis enthusiasts to see professional players of the future, as well as established pros working on their game. At the Cheval event were Nicole Vaidisova of the Czech Republic, who was ranked No. 7 in 2007 but is currently No. 188; 25-year old American Angela Haynes, ranked No. 95 in 2005 and now No. 169 and the event's second seed; and, at least 10 other former Top 100-ranked players.

Proceeds from this event benefited the Larry King Cardiac Foundation that provides funding for lifesaving cardiac procedures for those that otherwise would be unable to receive them.

In March, the Sheriff Jim Coats 6th Annual Clearwater Women's Open was held at the Clearwater facility. The $25,000 USTA Pro Circuit tournament would benefit the Pinellas Sheriff's Police Athletic League (PAL) and the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Suncoast. Competitors again will include the potential tennis stars of tomorrow. In the past, players such as Yanina Wickmayer and Melanie Oudin competed in the Clearwater event and both went on to play in the US Open.

Not ignoring the men's side of the tour, Harbour Island's Tennis Director Jose Campos is already planning for May's USTA Men's Futures, a $10,000 USTA Pro Circuit event. Follow the USTA Pro Circuits on www.usta.com and click Pro Tennis.





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