Pro Circuit Round-Up:
Arthur Kapetanakis | March 8, 2018
It was another strong month on the USTA Pro Circuit for Americans in February, with four titles and over 40 percent of available points claimed by U.S. players.
Across five events, the Dow Tennis Classic in Midland, Mich., and the Morgan Run Women's Open in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., stood out as highlights. The American doubles pairing of Kaitlyn Christian and Sabrina Santamaria took home doubles crowns at both events, while Madison Brengle and Asia Muhammad claimed the singles titles in Michigan and California, respectively.
On the men's side, Mackenzie McDonald (pictured above, right) got the better of Denis Kudla (above, left) in an all-American semifinal at the $125,000 Dallas Challenger. McDonald fell to Kei Nishikori in the final, as the former world No. 4 stepped up his comeback from a summer wrist injury. ADVERTISEMENT
There were also events in Surprise, Ariz., (women) and Palm Coast, Fla., (men). All told, American women claimed 515 of the 1,274 points available at the tournaments, good for 40 percent, while U.S. men accounted for 189 of 442 points at 43 percent.
There was success outside the heat of battle, as well, with more than 4,000 young boys and girls participating in Net Generation activities tied to Pro Circuit events during the month.
All of the February action is neatly wrapped up in this Pro Circuit infographic, and weekly recaps can be found here:
- Feb. 26, 2018 - Muhammad wins Morgan Run Women's Open, Christian and Santamaria take doubles trophy.
- Feb. 5, 2018 - Brengle and Christian-Santamaria pairing sweep singles and doubles titles at the Dow Tennis Classic.
Looking ahead in March, the women will be stationed in Florida, with back-to-back $15,000 events in Orlando and Tampa. The Orlando tournament kicked off on March 5, while the Tampa event begins on March 12. Meanwhile, the men will be on the west coast for a pair of $25,000 California tournaments, with play starting March 12 in Bakersfield and March 19 in Calabasas.
Be sure to check USTA.com to stay current on Pro Circuit news and results through the year.