Pro Circuit Round-up:
Arthur Kapetanakis | June 12, 2018
The month of May was a quiet one on the USTA Pro Circuit, but Taylor Townsend made noise by claiming the biggest prize on the calendar at the $80,000 event in Charleston, S.C.
Townsend defeated top-seeded Madison Brengle in the final after dismissing Katerina Stewart in the semis.
The lone men’s competition of the month was the $75,000 event in Savannah, Ga. As the tournament celebrated its 10th anniversary, American men claimed three of the four semifinal spots. Unseeded finalist Christian Harrison got past Reilly Opelka, while Michael Mmoh reached the opposite semi.
Team USA produced three of the last four at the $25,000 women’s event in Osprey, Fla., as well, to round out the month’s Pro Circuit slate. Sophie Chang reached the final by defeating Ashley Kratzer, while Usue Maitane Arconada was also a semifinalist.ADVERTISEMENT
All told, American women claimed 511 of 854 available ranking points in May, good for 60 percent. On the men’s side, Team USA accounted for 106 of 314 available points, or 34 percent. On the year, U.S. women have won 40 percent of Pro Circuit points on offer, while U.S. men have accounted for 31 percent.
In addition to the on-court competition, the USTA Pro Circuit has engaged 9,145 kids across various tournaments throughout the year in support of the USTA’s Net Generation initiative. There have been 29 USTA Pro Circuit Net Generation Kids’ Days across 31 events in 2018.
Ten events dot the June calendar, including six men's and four women's tournaments. Nicole Gibbs has already won the first title on offer at the $25,000 event in Naples, Fla, while Grace Min captured her 10th career Pro Circuit trophy at the $25,000 event in Bethany Beach, Del.