USTA Pro Circuit
kicks off 39th season
Sally Milano | January 10, 2018
The USTA Pro Circuit, the largest developmental tennis circuit in the world, kicked off its 39th season last week with a $25,000 hard-court men’s Futures event at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.
Play continues this week with three tournaments on the schedule. The women are beginning their season at a $25,000 clay-court event in Daytona Beach, Fla., and the men are in action at two tournaments – a $25,000 hard-court Futures in Long Beach, Calif., and a $15,000 clay-court Futures in Naples, Fla.
This year, the USTA Pro Circuit calendar features 94 tournaments, including more than 35 that will be played on clay. Nine women’s tournaments will offer $80,000 in prize money, and six men’s Challengers will award $100,000 in prize money. All told, the USTA Pro Circuit will award more than $3 million in total prize money in 2018. ADVERTISEMENT
Highlighting the 2018 USTA Pro Circuit season is the introduction of the USTA’s “Net Generation” initiative at all 94 USTA Pro Circuit tournaments, offering kids’ activities and giving children an opportunity to be involved with pro tennis and interact with tennis’ rising stars. Children at each tournament will be given the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take part in coin tosses, be a player escort prior to matches or play tennis during an on-court Net Generation demonstration.
Also in 2018, the USTA Pro Circuit will once again offer live streaming of all men’s Challenger events, as well as women’s tournaments with prize money of $60,000 or more. Live streaming will begin the week of Jan. 29 at the $125,000 men’s Challenger in Dallas and the $100,000 women’s event in Midland, Mich., which will be celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2018.
USTA Pro Circuit Wild Card Challenges will take place again this year, as well, with USTA Player Development awarding wild cards into the main draws of the French Open, US Open and Australian Open based on player results on the USTA Pro Circuit.
“The USTA Pro Circuit is still going strong after 39 years, developing hundreds of young players and bringing world-class tennis to local communities nationwide that might not otherwise see pro tennis,” said Megan Rose, USTA Pro Circuit Director. “We are excited to begin 2018 with strong playing fields, top-notch tennis and some exciting new initiatives for our younger tennis fans to grow the game and help create the next generation of tennis players.”
The opening weeks of competition for the 2018 season will feature several up-and-coming young Americans looking to develop their games, including 2017 Wimbledon junior champion and former world junior No. 1 Claire Liu (pictured above), former Georgia Tech standout Christopher Eubanks, US Open qualifier and former University of Virginia standout JC Aragone, former Ohio State standout Francesca Di Lorenzo, 2016 Wimbledon junior semifinalist Ulises Blanch, 2011 US Open girls’ singles champion and former Top 100 player Grace Min, 2017 USTA Boys’ 18s champion Patrick Kypson and former world No. 87 Victoria Duval, who is on the comeback trail after recovering from Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.
For more information on the USTA Pro Circuit, including the 2018 men’s and women’s calendars, live streaming information and the latest tournament draws and schedules, click here. You can also follow the USTA Pro Circuit on social media by utilizing the hashtag #USTAProCircuit.