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November 10, 2014 04:44 PM
Falconi Claims USTA Australian Open Wild Card for 2015

falconiIrina Falconi of West Palm Beach, Fla., will make her fourth career appearance in the main draw of the Australian Open after clinching the 2014 USTA Pro Circuit Australian Open Wild Card Challenge this past weekend.

The 24-year-old clinched the wild card when Jennifer Brady, the only player who could surpass her in the standings, lost in semifinals of the $50,000 event in Captiva Island, Fla. Falconi earned 109 points in the wild card challenge by winning the $50,000 event in New Braunfels, Texas, and by reaching the semifinals of the $50,000 event in Macon, Ga.
As of this week, Falconi is ranked No. 114 in the world, which is approaching the cutoff for direct entry into the 2015 Australian Open's main draw. The Australian Open entry list will be released on Monday, Dec. 8, and could affect Falconi's player eligibility for the wild card challenge; the challenge is only open to Americans who do not earn direct entry into the Australian Open. If Falconi does receive direct entry, Jennifer Brady would then earn the wild card after finishing in second place in the USTA Pro Circuit Australian Open Wild Card Challenge.
Falconi in 2011 won the USTA's playoff to earn a wild card into the French Open, where she advanced to the second round, and she also qualified for the Australian Open and Wimbledon to peak at No. 73 in the world.
The USTA Pro Circuit Australian Open Wild Card Challenge concludes this week for the men with the $50,000 JSM Challenger of Champaign-Urbana in Champaign, Ill. In the men's standings, Denis Kudla leads with 44 points after Week 2.
All matches will be streamed live in Champaign on www.procircuit.usta.com.

Wheelchair Tennis Community Mobile App Launches

wheelchair-watching-webA new online mobile app for wheelchair tennis participants worldwide, named Wheelchair Tennis Community, has launched and is available to anyone with a mobile device or tablet to register and join by visiting Apple Inc.'s App Store (iOS) for iPhone and iPad devices, or the Google Play Store for Android devices.
The Wheelchair Tennis Community is designed to be a social hub for not only players, but tennis coaches, organizers, family members and fans, either disabled or able-bodied. Upon joining, community members are encouraged to share their stories, photos and videos, and can find where and when local wheelchair tennis events are happening.
"I'm excited about the app, and the idea of an online community for anyone enthused by wheelchair tennis," said Dan James, head coach of the U.S. Paralympic Tennis Team. "The world's boundaries are shrinking with emerging technologies while wheelchair sports are growing each year around the world. If we help to connect players with players, or coaches with programs, and get people active in the sport, it's a win."
Some of the Wheelchair Tennis Community application's features at launch include a global activity feed to share photos, comments, and check-in to see where wheelchair tennis is being played; "Coaches' Corner," a tab where community members learn performance and health tips; "Surveying," where wheelchair tennis community members are invited and encouraged to provide feedback concerning the pertinent issues of the day; and much more.
The Wheelchair Tennis Community app is available through web access, and for iPhone and for Android through their respective app stores.

Gallovits-Hall Wins USTA Pro Circuit Title in Captiva, Fla.

From left: champion Edina Gallovits-Hall and finalist Petra Martic (photo: Mauricio Paiz)

After rain delayed play on Sunday at the South Seas Island Resort, the singles final of the 2014 Women's Pro Classic $50,000 USTA Pro Circuit event got underway Monday morning in Captiva, Fla., with wild card recipient Edina Gallovits-Hall defeating Petra Martic 6-2, 6-2 for the title.

The Romanian Gallovits-Hall is No. 436 on this week's WTA Rankings, while the Croatian Martic sits at No. 177.

"With this being the first year of the USTA Australian Open Wild Card Challenge, we were thrilled to be the final stop for the women," said Tournament Director Nick Blackwood.  "We look forward to next year's event and again being the final stop on the Australian Open Wild Card Challenge.

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. Maria Sharapova, John Isner, Caroline Wozniacki, Sam Querrey and Andy Murray are among today's top stars who began their careers on the USTA Pro Circuit.
Winners Crowned at 2014 USTA Florida NTRP Championships

Men's 5.0 singles champion Gary Feil and finalist Francisco Musalem
Women's 4.5 singles winner Sarah Pravder, finalist Lisa Consigli, and Tournament Director Jeff Cohen
Men's 4.0 doubles champions Olympio Campos and Juliius Abinuman
Women's 4.0 singles finalist Lauren Carr and winner Beatriz Senhoreti
Men's 3.5 singles champion Alex Herrera and  Men's 4.0 singles champion Rene Bertrand
Men's 4.0 Doubles champions Olympio Campos and Juliius Abinuman
Men's 3.5 doubles champions Doug Gallagher and Alan Abramowitz
Women's 3.5 Singles: Robert Pemberton, champions Shirley Salguero and Jennifer Myers, and Jody Carmen
Combo Mixed 8.5 finalists Carlos and Shirley Salguero, Robert Pemberton, and champions Nick and Lauren Carr

Champions were crowned at the 2014 USTA Florida State NTRP Tennis Championships, held Oct. 24-27 at the Woodfield Country Club in Boca Raton, Fla.

"This is the fifth year that Woodfield Country Club has hosted this prestigious event," said Woodfield Director of Tennis Jeff Cohen. "Players from all over the state of Florida participated, making it an extraordinary week and successful tournament."

The event began in 2007 when Cohen and Mark Taylor approached USTA Florida staff, with the first incarnation of the tournament held at Heathrow Country Club.

"A player party was held on Saturday afternoon, which was well attended by the participants and their families," said Cohen of this year's tournament. "Thank you to all players for making this a great tournament and congratulations to all participants and winners of the different divisions."






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