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2015 Revolution Technologies Pro Tennis Classic Starts Sunday!

Qualifying for the 2015 Revolution Technologies Pro Tennis Classic, a $50,000 USTA Pro Circuit event held locally in Indian Harbour Beach, Florida, begins Sunday May 3. The tournament, which is played at Indian Harbour’s Kiwi Tennis Club, is one of three USTA Pro Circuit tournaments which determine a main draw wild card into the French Open. In the Har-Tru Wild Card Challenge, now in its third year, the American man and American woman who earn the most ATP World Tour and WTA ranking points at two of the three select USTA Pro Circuit clay-court events will earn main-draw wild cards into the 2015 French Open.

The women’s events at Dothan, Alabama, Charlottesville, Virginia, and Indian Harbour Beach make up the Women’s Wild Card Challenge. Louisa Chirico won the tournament at Dothan over fellow American Katerina Stewart, but fell to Stewart in a first round rematch in Charlottesville this week, making the Wildcard race a free for all. With Stewart and fellow American Allie Kiick in the semis this week in Charlottesville, and increased points available at Indian Harbour Beach, Chirico, Stewart, Kiick and just about any other American who performs well enough over the next two weeks might still theoretically claim enough points to nab the French Open wildcard, so it should be plenty competitive when the action returns to Indian Harbour next week.

The Revolution Technologies Pro Tennis Classic is played on Har-Tru, or green clay, and has seen a number of breakthrough performance from up and coming young stars in recent years, including Townsend, Melanie Oudin, Yaninina Wickmayer and Belinda Bencic. Taylor Townsend, the event’s defending Champion, is the top ranked returning entrants this year.

While still subject to late withdrawals, and additions for wildcards, the Main Draw and qualifying entry list for the 2015 Revolution Technologies Pro Tennis Classic, as of May 1, including player ranking, is as follows:

Main Draw

1 Taylor TOWNSEND (USA) 105
2 Michelle LARCHER DE BRITO (POR) 127
3 Anna TATISHVILI (USA) 133
4 Sachia VICKERY (USA) 139
5 Paula ORMAECHEA (ARG) 158
6 Patricia Maria TIG (ROU) 176
7 Maria SANCHEZ (USA) 180
8 Julia BOSERUP (USA) 228
9 Samantha CRAWFORD (USA) 247
10 Florencia MOLINERO (ARG) 250
11 Sanaz MARAND (USA) 258
12 Francoise ABANDA (CAN) 260
13 Gabriela CE (BRA) 262
14 Allie KIICK (USA) 263
15 Irina KHROMACHEVA (RUS) 269
16 Katerina STEWART (USA) 277
17 Olga IANCHUK (UKR) 281
18 Bernarda PERA (USA) 294
19 Jessica MOORE (AUS) 307
20 Chieh-Yu HSU (TPE) 308
21 Elizaveta IANCHUK (UKR) 337
22 Justyna JEGIOLKA (POL) 338

The qualifying list is currently as follows, pending withdrawals:

1 Tornado Alicia BLACK (USA) 412
2 Storm SANDERS (AUS) 457 1
3 Jessica PEGULA (USA) 460 1
4 Alexandra STEVENSON (USA) 462
5 Alexandra MOROZOVA (USA) 544
WCM Ingrid NEEL (USA) 552
6 Chiara SCHOLL (USA) 617
7 Sally PEERS (AUS) 680
8 Petra JANUSKOVA (CAN) 711
WCM Rianna VALDES (USA) 713
9 Alexandria STITELER (USA) 771=
10 Marie NORRIS (USA) 786
11 Sofia KENIN (USA) 827
12 Alexa GRAHAM (USA) 907=
13 Anastasia Evgenyevna NEFEDOVA (RUS) 921
14 Eva RASZKIEWICZ (USA) 1076=
15 Angelina GABUEVA (RUS) 1085=
16 Kayla RIZZOLO (USA) 1085=
17 Maria SHISHKINA (USA) 1143
18 Angelina ZHURAVLEVA (RUS) 1171=
19 Andie K. DANIELL (USA) 1207=
20 Erica OOSTERHOUT (USA) 70
21 Alina KUZMENKOVA (RUS) 131 (USA)
22 Shannon COX (RSA) 52
23 Rebeca PEREIRA (BRA) 95
24 Lindsay LEE-WATERS (USA) 143

Updated May 1, 2015.

http://www.itftennis.com/procircuit/tournaments/women’s-tournament/info.aspx?tournamentid=1100034403

Word has it that Louisa Chirico, the current leader in the Wildcard Challenge, who originally entered and subsequently withdrew from this year’s Revolution Technologies Pro Tennis Classic, is in town and has accepted a qualifying wild card.

The tennis at our local event always rocks, so if you are in the area, come out and support the rising stars of the women’s game! Hope to see you at Kiwi!

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