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Audi Melbourne Pro Tennis Classic starts Sunday!

The 2014 Audi Melbourne Pro Tennis Classic starts Sunday, April 27.

The Audi Melbourne Pro Tennis Classic tournament is played on Har-Tru, or green clay, at the Kiwi Club in Indian Harbour Beach, Florida, on central Florida’s east coast, and has seen a number of breakthrough performance from up and coming young stars in recent years, including Melanie Oudin, Yaninina Wickmayer and Belinda Bencic. This year’s tournament is scheduled for the week of April 28 – May 4, with qualifying starting on Sunday April 27.

Along with the two lead-up events on the USTA Pro Circuit, at Dothan, Alabama and Charlottesville, Virginia, the IHB Pro Circuit event usually plays an interesting role in the determination of a United States main draw wildcard at the French Open in the Har-Tru USTA Pro Circuit Wild Card Challenge.

The entry list for the tournament, as of April 26, is as follows.

Main Draw:

1 Marina ERAKOVIC (NZL) 60
2 Michelle LARCHER DE BRITO (POR) 125
3 Melanie OUDIN (USA) 135
4 Irina FALCONI (USA) 136
5 Veronica CEPEDE ROYG (PAR) 139
6 Victoria DUVAL (USA) 148
7 Allie KIICK (USA) 155
8 Yulia PUTINTSEVA (KAZ) 157
9 Grace MIN (USA) 163
10 Nicole GIBBS (USA) 168
11 Anett KONTAVEIT (EST) 196
12 Petra RAMPRE (SLO) 204
13 Melanie KLAFFNER (AUT) 207
14 Julia COHEN (USA) 209
15 Mayo HIBI (JPN) 210
16 Ilona KREMEN (BLR) 224
17 Chieh-Yu HSU (USA) 226
18 Heidi EL TABAKH (CAN) 240
19 Julia BOSERUP (USA) 242
20 Maria SANCHEZ (USA) 244
21 Elitsa KOSTOVA (BUL) 245
22 Montserrat GONZALEZ (PAR) 251

WCM Taylor TOWNSEND (USA) 345
WCM Josie KUHLMAN (USA) 921

Qualifying:

1 Olga PUCHKOVA (RUS) 266
2 Sofiya KOVALETS (UKR) 268
3 Dia EVTIMOVA (BUL) 274
4 Sanaz MARAND (USA) 280
5 Francoise ABANDA (CAN) 284
6 Asia MUHAMMAD (USA) 294
7 Ulrikke EIKERI (NOR) 306
8 Zuzana ZLOCHOVA (SVK) 312
9 Katerina KRAMPEROVA (CZE) 340
WCM Taylor TOWNSEND (USA) 345
10 Allie WILL (USA) 362
11 Samantha CRAWFORD (USA) 384
12 Alexandra STEVENSON (USA) 434
13 Tatjana MARIA (GER) 441
14 Elise MERTENS (BEL) 452
15 Jennifer ELIE (USA) 456
16 Sally PEERS (AUS) 457
17 Jan ABAZA (USA) 476
18 Jillian O’NEILL (CAN) 483
19 Jacqueline CAKO (USA) 520
20 Danielle LAO (USA) 523
21 Nicole MELICHAR (USA) 533
22 Tamara CUROVIC (SRB) 536
23 Chiara SCHOLL (USA) 547
24 Lena LITVAK (USA) 556
25 Brooke AUSTIN (USA) 590

WCQ Peggy PORTER (USA) 704
WCQ Andie K. DANIELL (USA)
WCQ Christi WOODSON (USA)
WCQ Alexandra BELAYA (USA)

Stay tuned for updates and match reports from the tournament throughout the week. Once main draw play starts on Tuesday, you should also be able to follow the stadium court matches from the tournament via livestream here:

http://www.spacecoastsportstv.com/

or here:

http://www.usta.com/Pro-Tennis/Pro-Circuit/2014_pro_circuit_womens_live_streaming/

and can always get livescores here:

http://scores.itftennis.com/?alias=itf&layoutid=72&versionid=1&language=en&tid=W-C50-USA-03A-2014

As I am able, I will post photos and video from this year’s tournament.

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