The USTA Pro Circuit, the pathway to the professional ranks for today’s rising stars and aspiring pros, is returning for its 34th
season in January, once again delivering top-level professional tennis and the next generation of world-class players to a town near you.
In all, the 2013 USTA Pro Circuit season will make 89 stops in local communities throughout the country, from New York and Florida to Hawaii and Washington state, delivering nearly $3 million in total prize money and awarding the valuable ATP and WTA ranking points that players need to ascend to the next level.
The largest developmental tennis circuit in the world, the USTA Pro Circuit has launched the careers of such current stars as Victoria Azarenka, John Isner, Mardy Fish, Andy Murray, Maria Sharapova and Caroline Wozniacki, as well as past champions Andre Agassi, Jim Courier, Lindsay Davenport, Justine Henin and Pete Sampras.
In all, 17 USTA Pro Circuit alumni have achieved the No. 1 world singles rankings. Recent alums and current players include fast-rising young Americans Ryan Harrison, Christina McHale, Sloane Stephens and Jack Sock.
The 2013 campaign kicked off with two clay-court events in Florida—the $10,000 men’s Futures in Plantation and the $25,000 women’s event in Innisbrook. Overall, the USTA Pro Circuit is scheduled to feature a record 35 tournaments on clay this year.
The Plantation tournament began a string of four consecutive clay-court $10,000 men’s Futures events, and the Innisbrook tournament is the first of two consecutive $25,000 women’s events to be played on clay. In conjunction with USTA Player Development, the USTA Pro Circuit continues to emphasize the importance of increased training for younger players on clay, particularly at the $10,000/$25,000 level for women and $10,000/$15,000 Futures level for men. Four clay-court events were added to the calendar this year.
Also in 2013, for the first time ever, live streaming will debut for all 15 USTA Pro Circuit men’s Challengers—prize money of $50,000 and higher—at www.procircuit.usta.com
. Main court coverage includes three camera angles, along with scoreboard graphics and commentary from an on-site announcer. A second court uses a fixed camera with a score feed only. Live streaming will begin on Jan. 21 at the Challenger in Maui, Hawaii.
On the women's side, the Dow Corning Classic in Midland, Mich., will be celebrating its 25th anniversary in February, making it the first USTA Pro Circuit women's event to hit that milestone.
Among those scheduled to compete in the opening months of the season are 16-year-old Taylor Townsend, who finished the 2012 season as the top-ranked junior girl in the ITF world junior rankings, and former US Open semifinalist and Top-15 player Robby Ginepri, who is on the comeback trail following an elbow injury.
To see which tournaments are being played in a city near you, click here
for the 2013 USTA Pro Circuit men’s schedule and click here
for the 2013 women’s schedule.