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The Long Road Back

Allie Kiick’s return from injury and illnesses took another couple substantial leaps forward the past two weeks with appearances in the semifinals and quarterfinals of a pair of USTA Pro Circuit events in Evansville, Indiana ($15K) and Louisville, Kentucky (%60K). In the Women’s Hospital Classic in Evansville, Kiick knocked out Stephanie Nemtsova 6-0 6-1, Jada Robinson 6-2 6-3, and Kennedy Shaffer 6-4 4-6 6-3 before falling to Marcela Zacaria in the semifinal 0-6 4-6. In the Kentucky Bank Tennis Championships in Lexington, Kiick beat Katie Boulter 7-5 6-3 and Chloe Paquet 6-4 7-5 before losing to Vera Lapko in the quarterfinals 1-6 4-6. After nearly two years away from the game suffering from a variety of ailments that included skin cancer, mononucleosis and not least of all, multiple surgeries on both knees, Kiick is getting the valuable match play she needs to regain her confidence that should eventually carry her back toward the top 100 in the rankings.

And oh by the way, it was nice to see Allie in action this summer as part of World Team Tennis, with the Springfield Lasers, getting complimented left and right on her “Federer-like” serve!

Keep up the hard work, Allie!

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Tennis Glory

I was really moved reading this great article by David Waldstein on the struggles of life for tennis pros trying to make it in the lower tiers of professional tennis.

Thanks to Sharon Fichman (@Sharon_fichman) for retweeting it.

Knowing that such hardships and disparities exist in a sport known for its nobler and more luxurious and genteel traditions is heartbreaking. After reading that I wish every girl and boy with a dream of playing professional tennis could see their dream of making it to the top come true.

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Memories of Kiwi: 2009-2011

Photo montage of highlights from the 2009 and 2011 USTA Pro Circuit tournaments at Indian Harbour Beach, Florida.

Players featured: Mirjana Lucic, Melanie Oudin, Jessica Pegula, Heidi El Tabakh, Alexa Glatch, Allison Riske, Irina Falconi, Laura Robson, Maria-Fernanda Alvarez-Teran.

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“Lookback” – 2013 Port St. Lucie Tesoro Challenger Women’s Open

My photo montage of highlights from the 2013 USTA Pro Circuit tournament at Port St. Lucie, Florida.

Players featured: Alexis King, Gabriella Castaneda, Misa Eguchi, Kristy Frilling, Ulrikke Eikeri, Olivia Thaler, Ajla Tomljanovic, Maria-Fernanda Alvarez-Teran, Catalina Castano, Heidi El Tabakh, Jovana Jaksic, Viktoriya Tomova, Tadeja Majeric, Shuai Zhang

General Buzz, Miscellany, Tournament Match Reports

Kiick Wins Opener in Sumter

A week after making her return to tennis in Bethany Beach, Delaware after being sidelined for nearly two years due to a multitude of injuries, illnesses and operations, American Allie Kiick is safely into the second round of the USTA Pro Circuit Palmetto Pro Open in Sumter, South Carolina. Kiick defeated Ellen Perez 7-6 6-4 in Tuesday’s first round, setting up a second round clash with either Katherine Sebov of Canada, the tournament’s number 2 seed, or American Sophie Chang. Sebov and Chang will play Wednesday, with the second round to be played on Thursday.

Good luck to Kiick, as she continues her journey back to the top!

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Welcome Back, Allie!

Just saw that Ft. Lauderdale, Florida’s Allie Kiick is on the entry list for the second of two consecutive ITF clay court tournaments to be held in Naples, Florida, the week of May 15-21, 2017. Kiick, who has had multiple surgeries on both knees, has been out of action for almost two years.

Great to see her making this long-awaited return. The journey back won’t be easy, but Kiick is a hard worker, and a gamer, who has been through and dealt with far more than most her age, so I have a feeling she’ll be prepared.

Pulling for you, Allie!

General Buzz, Miscellany, Tournament Match Reports

Entry List for Twelfth Annual Revolution Technologies Pro Tennis Classic Released

The preliminary entry list for the 2017 $80,000 Revolution Technologies Pro Tennis Classic, scheduled for April 9-16, at the Kiwi Tennis Club in Indian Harbour Beach, Florida, has been released, and Kristina Kucova of Slovakia, World Number 82, is tentatively the tournament’s top ranked entrant.

The Har-Tru clay court tournament kicks off the 2017 USTA Pro Circuit Wild Card Challenge, which will once again reward the American player who accumulates the most points from the best two of four results over a series of four consecutive weeks of clay court tournaments played in Indian Harbour Beach, Dothan, Alabama, Charlottesville, Virginia, and Charleston, South Carolina, with a spot in the main draw of the French Open.

The tournament always fields a highly competitive and talented entry, and with a purse increase to $80,000 for this year’s tournament, making the Revolution Technologies Pro Tennis Classic the richest prize of the Pro Circuit’s clay court season, and a schedule change so the event takes place three weeks earlier than usual, the tournament was rewarded with what so far appears to be the deepest field in the tournament’s history. If you’re in the area during tournament week, be sure to some out and support these hard working ladies on the Pro Circuit!

With normal withdrawals still to come, the entry list for Indian Harbour Bearch is still subject to change. As of March 27, 2017, the Main Draw entrant list, including player ranking, pending withdrawals, is as follows:

1 Kristina KUCOVA (SVK) 82
2 Madison BRENGLE (USA) 86
3 Marina ERAKOVIC (NZL) 107
4 Taylor TOWNSEND (USA) 111
5 Nicole GIBBS (USA) 119
6 Ana BOGDAN (ROU) 124
7 Ons JABEUR (TUN) 128
8 Grace MIN (USA) 129
9 Anhelina KALININA (UKR) 150 P
10 Kayla DAY (USA) 153
11 Tara MOORE (GBR) 154
12 Samantha CRAWFORD (USA) 160
13 Jamie LOEB (USA) 163
14 Lesley KERKHOVE (NED) 165
16 Quirine LEMOINE (NED) 171
17 Barbara HAAS (AUT) 174
18 Francoise ABANDA (CAN) 175
19 Olga GOVORTSOVA (BLR) 186
20 Lina GJORCHESKA (MKD) 192
21 Kristie AHN (USA) 203

As of March 27, 2017, the Qualifying Draw entrant list, including player ranking, pending withdrawals, is as follows:

1 Laura ROBSON (GBR) 213
2 Sofia KENIN (USA) 215
3 Jia-Jing LU (CHN) 220
4 Jesika MALECKOVA (CZE) 223
5 Andreea MITU (ROU) 227
6 Jennifer ELIE (USA) 233
7 An-Sophie MESTACH (BEL) 236
8 Danielle Rose COLLINS (USA) 237
9 Michelle LARCHER DE BRITO (POR) 238
10 Deniz KHAZANIUK (ISR) 248
11 Caroline DOLEHIDE (USA) 250
12 Barbora KREJCIKOVA (CZE) 257
13 Fanni STOLLAR (HUN) 265
14 Olga SAEZ LARRA (ESP) 272
15 Chloe PAQUET (FRA) 278
16 Elizabeth HALBAUER (USA) 279
17 Jovana JAKSIC (SRB) 280
18 Alexandra CADANTU (ROU) 283
19 Magdalena FRECH (POL) 284
20 Lauren ALBANESE (USA) 288
21 Laura SCHAEDER (GER) 292
22 Renata ZARAZUA (MEX) 299
23 Olga IANCHUK (UKR) 302
24 Anna ZAJA (GER) 303
25 Valeriya STRAKHOVA (UKR) 304
26 Nicoleta-Catalina DASCALU (ROU) 307

Entry List

The Indian Harbour Beach Revolution Technologies Pro Tennis Classic tournament will be played on Har-Tru, or green clay, at the Kiwi Tennis Club in Indian Harbour Beach, Florida. This year’s tournament is scheduled for the week of April 9-16, 2017, with qualifying starting on Sunday April 9.