HISTORICAL BERKELEY TENNIS CLUB
HOSTS WORLD CLASS TENNIS TOURNAMENT
USTA Norcal Staff | July 10, 2018
For Immediate Release: Tuesday, June 10, 2018
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ALAMEDA, Calif. – June 10, 2018 – Two top 100 WTA players, Sofia Kenin, and former Stanford standout Nicole Gibbs, will headline the $60,000 USTA Pro Circuit Women event in Berkeley, CA. Kenin reached the round of 64 at the 2018 Masters 1000 in Miami after going through the qualifications, while Gibbs reached No. 68 in the world in 2016. Hosted by the historic Berkeley Tennis Club (BTC), the tournament runs from July 15-22, and will serve as one of eight US Open Wild Card tournaments leading up to the US Open.
The field for the Berkeley Tennis Club Challenge will feature a singles qualifying draw and main draw of 32 players each, and a doubles main draw of 16 teams. ADVERTISEMENT Players ranked as high as No. 76 in the world will be coming to town, battling it out on the legendary courts of the Berkeley Tennis Club. The qualifying event will take place July 15-16, and will determine the final four singles players in the field. Tennis Channel will broadcast live on Tennis Channel Plus, bringing two of their commentators for the occasion.
Featuring Events for All
The tournament also features plenty of fun activities for spectators, starting Monday, July 16, with a Pro-am from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., and a BBQ with drinks on Wednesday July 17, for all participants, officials and BTC members. All kids under the age of 10 are invited to the Net Generation Kids Day on Friday July 20, from noon to 2 p.m. The event features prizes, gifts, and a meeting with pro players. Finally, the competition includes a wheelchair exhibition right before the finals on Sunday, July 22. “For a club with a long history of tennis tournaments at world class level, it’s very exciting for BTC to bring again top level tennis to the Bay Area next week when we host the $60,000 USTA Pro Circuit Women event,” Morten Christensen, Tournament Director said.
The $60,000 USTA Pro Circuit Women event is the first of seven Pro Circuit events held in Northern California between July and October 2018. For a list of all the pro circuit events, click here. Come watch some of the top women’s tennis players in the world and the future of American tennis. Located in the iconic Berkeley Tennis Club, the perfect stage is set for the players to compete in the US Open Wild Card Challenge. The women’s wild card will be awarded to the American with the highest cumulative total of WTA singles ranking points earned from their best two results during the weeks of July 9 and Aug. 6.
For ticket or sponsorship information, please contact Tournament Director, Morten Christensen at email@example.com
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With more than 90 tournaments hosted annually throughout the country and prize money ranging from $15,000 to $125,000, the USTA Pro Circuit is the pathway to the US Open and tour-level competition for aspiring tennis players and a frequent battleground for established professionals. The USTA launched its Pro Circuit 39 years ago to provide players with the opportunity to gain professional ranking points, and it has since grown to become the largest developmental tennis circuit in the world, offering more than $3 million in prize money. Last year, more than 1,000 men and women from more than 70 countries competed in cities nationwide. Andy Murray, Maria Sharapova, John Isner, Sloane Stephens, Kei Nishikori, Victoria Azarenka, and Sam Querrey and are among today’s top stars who began their careers on the USTA Pro Circuit. Follow the USTA Pro Circuit at #USTAProCircuit and www.procircuit.usta.com.