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By Sally Milano, USTA.com
For 34 years, the USTA Pro Circuit has been going strong, bringing pro tennis to local communities throughout the country and giving fans from California to New York and Texas to Michigan the chance to see rising young tennis stars in action and world-class tennis in their own backyards.
This year was no exception, as records were set, Grand Slam wild cards were awarded and exceptional player performances were on display at 89 tournaments held across the country.
On the men's circuit, American men won more than half of the 47 USTA Pro Circuit tournaments on the 2013 calendar, picking up 29 total titles.
Bobby Reynolds became the record holder for most overall titles won with 31 after he captured the Napa, Calif., doubles championship, which also put him in second place all-time with 22 Circuit doubles wins. Michael Russell remains at the top of the list for most singles titles won with 24, adding to his total this year after claiming the singles championship in Charlottesville, Va.
Former college star Bradley Klahn had a big year on the USTA Pro Circuit in 2013, finishing as the prize money leader with more than $50,000 earned, followed by fellow American Alex Kuznetsov. Klahn is the first to break the $50,000 mark in prize money earned since Robert Kendrick and Kevin Kim achieved the feat in 2008.
Jean-Yves Aubone won four doubles titles in 2013, the most of any player. Eight players – seven of them Americans – won two singles championships, which was the most number of singles titles any one player took home this season.
On the women's side, U.S. women also performed well in 2013, claiming more titles than any other country with 19.
Shelby Rogers had one of the strongest years of any player, winning three titles and leading all other women in prize money earnings with more than $36,000.
Alexandra Mueller and Allie Will individually won five doubles titles in 2013, tied for the most of any player. In addition to Rogers, Anna Tatishvili and Mariana Duque-Marino won three singles championships in 2013, setting up a three-way tie for the most singles titles won on the women’s circuit.
For the second consecutive year, the USTA Pro Circuit was utilized to determine which American players would receive wild cards into Roland Garros and the US Open. Rogers and Kuznetsov claimed the French Open wild cards for earning the most WTA and ATP points in the Har-Tru USTA Pro Circuit Wild Card Challenge, the French Open wild-card event, while Rogers and Klahn received US Open wild cards for finishing in first place in the US Open wild-card playoff.
All men’s Challenger tournaments and several women’s events were streamed live on USTA.com, giving fans at home the chance to watch their favorite players compete. Stay tuned to USTA.com for more information about live streaming of USTA Pro Circuit tournaments in 2014.