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Tennis Briefs(3): USTA Pro Circuit Winners, Grants, More

July 9, 2014 02:17 PM
Florida's Stewart, Kuhlman Again Reach USTA Pro Circuit Final
Left to right: Katerina Stewart and Josie Kuhlman

It was their second straight meeting in a USTA Pro Circuit final, with the same result as Coral Gables teen Katerina Stewart beat Ponte Vedra Beach teen and incoming University of Florida freshman Josie Kuhlman 6-1, 7-6 in the all-Florida final of the Charlotte Clay Classic, held June 23-29, 2014 at the Charlotte Indoor Tennis Club in North Carolina.

The previous week Stewart beat Kuhlman in the final of the USTA Pro Circuit tournament in Bethany Beach, Del.

For the 16-year-old Stewart, seeded No. 5, it was her third USTA Pro Circuit title of the year and fourth final after winning in Orlando and Bethany Beach, Del., and finishing runner-up in Gainesville, Fla.

The unseeded Kuhlman faced one seeded player en route to the final, in the semis upsetting No. 8 seed Kateryna Yergina of the Ukraine 6-1, 6-7(6), 6-2. Stewart en route to the final defeated seeds No. 4 Peggy Porter of the U.S. and No. 6 Elisabeth Fournier of Canada, both in straight sets. Stewart did not drop a set throughout the tournament.

Seventy-six players representing 20 different countries competed in the event, which made its debut in Charlotte. It was the last claycourt tournament held before the summer hardcourt season begins, leading to the US Open.

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.

For more info go to www.usta.com/Pro-Tennis/Pro-Circuit.

Pensacola School Receives $10K USTA Tennis Facility Grant

USTA_2c_sec_wmThe United States Tennis Association national body announced through its USTA Facility Assistance Program that it has awarded a $10,000 grant to Montessori School of Pensacola. The grant will be used to construct two new tennis courts and provide improvements to the irrigation system.

The USTA Facility Assistance Program aims to support and provide communities access to safe, appealing and functional tennis environments.

"We are committed to enhancing and building more tennis facilities in communities across the country," said USTA Chief Executive of Community Tennis Kurt Kamperman. "This program allows us to assist in the development process of providing usable tennis venues to people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds to play and enjoy the health benefits of our great game."

Since 2005, the USTA has awarded grants to support tennis facility enhancements, renovations and new construction projects to provide more and enhanced tennis venues for increased playing opportunities. In total, the USTA Facilities Assistance Program has built more than 35,000 tennis courts across the country in the past seven years, for all ages and abilities to enjoy the sport of a lifetime.

In addition, grant recipients receive technical assistance. The USTA Facility Assistance Program provides industry leading experience in tennis court and facility construction from concept plans to professional construction document review. In 2013, the USTA allocated over $1.2 million through the Facility Assistance Program to help support public tennis facility enhancements, renovations, and new construction projects.

For more info go to www.usta.com.

USTA Pro Circuit Kicks Off 'US Open Wild Card Challenge'

usta_pro_circuitThis week kicks off the 2014 US Open Wild Card Challenge, a series of USTA Pro Circuit events that will see the top male and female finishers receiving a US Open singles wild card.

The American man and American woman who earn the most ATP World Tour and WTA Tour ranking points at two of three (for women) and two of four (for men) selected USTA Pro Circuit hardcourt events earn main draw wild cards, if they will not already receive direct entry via their rankings, into the US Open.
All tournaments will be streamed live on www.procircuit.usta.com.
The 2014 US Open Wild Card Challenge will consist of the following events:
USTA Pro Circuit Women's Events:

-- FSP Gold River Women's Challenger, $50,000 Sacramento, Calif. (week of July 7)
-- USTA Player Development Women's $50,000 Classic, Carson, Calif. (week of July 14)
-- Kentucky Bank Tennis Championships, $50,000 Lexington, Ky. (week of July 21)
USTA Pro Circuit Men's Events:

-- Levene Gouldin & Thompson Tennis Challenger, $50,000 Binghamton, N.Y. (week of July 14)
-- Kentucky Bank Tennis Championships, $50,000 Lexington, Ky. (week of July 21)
-- Odlum Brown VanOpen, $100,000 Vancouver, Canada (week of July 28)
-- Comerica Bank Challenger, $100,000 Aptos, Calif. (week of August 4)
The USTA first used the US Open wild card format for its 2012 wild cards, won by Steve Johnson and Mallory Burdette, who both reached the third round of the US Open, as well as the 2013 US Open, which was won by Bradley Klahn, who won his first round match, and Shelby Rogers.

The USTA also utilizes the format for the French Open with the Har-Tru USTA Pro Circuit Wild Card Challenge, where this year's women's winner Taylor Townsend was a top story at Roland Garros by reaching the third round. Veteran Robby Ginepri won the 2014 men's French Open wild card.
The 2014 US Open main draw begins on Monday, Aug. 25. Information on the US Open Wild Card Challenge will be available at www.procircuit.usta.com and on Twitter through @USTAProCircuit.






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