Captiva Island, Fla., to Host USTA Pro Circuit Tennis
The USTA announced that South Seas Island Resort in Captiva Island, Fla., will host a $50,000 USTA Pro Circuit women’s tennis tournament on Nov. 3-10, 2013.
Located directly on the Gulf of Mexico on Captiva Island, South Seas Island Resort includes a 330-acre wildlife preserve which spans two and a half miles of white-sand beaches. A Top 10 Beach Resort for Families by Parents Magazine, the resort is home to the Pavel Blackwood Tennis Academy, founded by former Top 15-ranked ATP player Andrei Pavel and junior development coach Nick Blackwood.
With approximately 90 tournaments hosted annually 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.
Mardy Fish, Maria Sharapova, Caroline Wozniacki, James Blake, Li Na and Andy Murray are among today’s top stars who began their careers on the USTA Pro Circuit.
More recently, the USTA Pro Circuit helped launch the careers of two young Americans -- Christina McHale and Ryan Harrison. McHale reached the quarterfinals or better at five USTA Pro Circuit events in 2010 and climbed more than 100 spots in the WTA rankings that year. Buoyed by those results, she began to compete regularly on the WTA tour in 2011 and became the youngest player in the world’s Top 50 after defeating No. 8 seed Marion Bartoli en route to the third round of the US Open.
Harrison began 2011 by winning the singles and doubles titles at the $50,000 USTA Pro Circuit Challenger in Honolulu and subsequently reached the round of 16 in Indian Wells, where he upset three players ranked in the Top 50. Harrison cracked the Top 100 for the first time in summer 2011.
The USTA launched its Pro Circuit 33 years ago to provide players with the opportunity to gain professional ranking points, and it has since grown to become the largest developmental tennis circuit in the world, offering nearly $3 million in prize money. Last year, more than 1,000 men and women from more than 70 countries competed in cities nationwide.
Clearwater to Host USTA Team Coaching Workshop
A USTA Team Coaching Workshop will be held on Aug. 17, 2013, from 8:30 a.m.-noon at Countryside Country Club in Clearwater, Fla.
The Team Coaching Workshop is a 3-1/2 hour interactive, on-court training program designed for teachers and coaches working with players on teams.
The workshop covers warm-up activities, skill development, team and group management, practice organization, drills, and the top games every coach should know.
For more information contact Carla Williams at Williams@florida.usta.com.