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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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“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

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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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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
15 Alla KUDRYAVTSEVA (RUS) 167
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
22 Sesil KARATANTCHEVA (BUL) 207

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.

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Twelfth Annual Revolution Technologies Pro Tennis Classic Set for April 2017

Indian Harbour Beach, Florida’s Kiwi Tennis Club is set to host the 12th Annual Revolution Technologies Pro Tennis Classic, a USTA Pro Circuit event to be held Sunday, April 9, 2017 through Sunday, April 16, 2017. 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 results from a series of four consecutive clay court tournaments played over four weeks–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 deepest field in the tournament’s history is expected in 2017. If you’re in the area during tournament week, be sure to some out and support these hard working ladies on the Pro Circuit!

Read more about the Revolution Technologies Pro Tennis Classic here: http://www.kiwitennisclub.com/pro-tennis/womens-pro-event/

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Entry List for 2017 USTA Pro Circuit Orlando Professional Tennis Series Released

The preliminary entry list for the 2017 $25,000 Orlando Professional Tennis Series, scheduled for January 15-22, at the United States Tennis Association’s new National Campus in Lake Nona, Florida, has been released, and Austrian Tamira Paszek, World Number 126, is tentatively the tournament’s top ranked entrant. With Australian Open entries still to be determined, and normal withdrawals still to come, the entry list for Orlando is subject to change. As of December 23, 2016, the Main Draw entrant list, including player ranking, pending withdrawals, is as follows:

1 Tamira PASZEK (AUT) 126
2 Anastasia PIVOVAROVA (RUS) 163
3 Jessica PEGULA (USA) 166
4 Beatriz HADDAD MAIA (BRA) 172
5 Quirine LEMOINE (NED) 189
6 Teliana PEREIRA (BRA) 207
7 Jil TEICHMANN (SUI) 210
8 Sesil KARATANTCHEVA (BUL) 212
9 Andreea MITU (ROU) 213
10 Sofia KENIN (USA) 214
11 Alize LIM (FRA) 215
12 An-Sophie MESTACH (BEL) 218
13 Varvara FLINK (RUS) 221
14 Viktoria KUZMOVA (SVK) 223
15 Jesika MALECKOVA (CZE) 225
16 Anna Karolina SCHMIEDLOVA (SVK) 227
17 Kristie AHN (USA) 230
18 Michelle LARCHER DE BRITO (POR) 231

QUALIFYING – last modified on 23 Dec 2016

1 Valeria SOLOVYEVA (RUS) 235
2 Martina TREVISAN (ITA) 236
3 Karolina MUCHOVA (CZE) 238
4 Robin ANDERSON (USA) 240
5 Katarzyna PITER (POL) 242
6 Irina Maria BARA (ROU) 245
7 Lauren ALBANESE (USA) 246
8 Barbora KREJCIKOVA (CZE) 251
9 Paula KANIA (POL) 254
10 Marie BOUZKOVA (CZE) 255
11 Danielle Rose COLLINS (USA) 260
12 Kathinka VON DEICHMANN (LIE) 265
13 Polina LEYKINA (RUS) 270
14 Olivia ROGOWSKA (AUS) 276
15 Valeriya STRAKHOVA (UKR) 278
16 Sofya ZHUK (RUS) 292
17 Magdalena FRECH (POL) 293
18 Ekaterine GORGODZE (GEO) 298
19 Renata ZARAZUA (MEX) 299
20 Indy DE VROOME (NED) 300
21 Anna ZAJA (GER) 305
22 Chloe PAQUET (FRA) 306
23 Olga IANCHUK (UKR) 318
24 Elizabeth HALBAUER (USA) 319
25 Bernarda PERA (USA) 322
26 Usue Maitane ARCONADA (USA) 324
27 Tena LUKAS (CRO) 328
28 Francesca DI LORENZO (USA) 329
29 Elizaveta IANCHUK (UKR) 336
30 Chanel SIMMONDS (RSA) 339
31 Georgia BRESCIA (ITA) 340
32 Caroline DOLEHIDE (USA) 344
33 Kamila KERIMBAYEVA (KAZ) 348
34 Jaqueline Adina CRISTIAN (ROU) 349
35 Ching-Wen HSU (TPE) 354
36 Olga FRIDMAN (UKR) 357
37 Ayano SHIMIZU (JPN) 360
38 Michaela HONCOVA (SVK) 368
39 Julia WACHACZYK (GER) 371
40 Vivien JUHASZOVA (SVK) 381
41 Harmony TAN (FRA) 383
42 Katie SWAN (GBR) 384
43 Akgul AMANMURADOVA (UZB) 386
44 Chiara SCHOLL (USA) 387
45 Vanda LUKACS (HUN) 389
46 Chantal SKAMLOVA (SVK) 390
47 Pemra OZGEN (TUR) 395
48 Chieh-Yu HSU (TPE) 399
49 Angelica MORATELLI (ITA) 406
50 Ronit YUROVSKY (USA) 414
51 Alexandra PERPER (MDA) 419
52 Laura PIGOSSI (BRA) 428
53 Tess SUGNAUX (SUI) 432
54 Sandra SAMIR (EGY) 433
55 Kimberley ZIMMERMANN (BEL) 434
56 Tereza MIHALIKOVA (SVK) 436

Orlando Entry List

The Orlando tournament will be played on Har-Tru, or green clay, at the USTA’s National Campus in Lake Nona, near Orlando, Florida. This year’s tournament is scheduled for the week of January 15-22, 2017, with qualifying starting on Sunday January 15.

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2017 USTA Pro Circuit Season Kicks Off in Daytona Beach, Florida

The 2017 United States Tennis Association Pro Circuit season gets underway with a trio of clay court tournaments in Florida, starting with the Daytona Beach $25,000 Women’s Open the week of January 9, 2017, at the Florida Tennis Center in Daytona Beach, Florida. Tournaments at the USTA’s new National Campus at Lake Nona, Florida, near Orlando, and in Wesley Chapel, Florida, will be held the weeks of January 16 and January 23, 2017, respectively.

The preliminary entry list for the 2017 Daytona Beach $25,000 Women’s Open, scheduled for January 8-15, has been released, and American Grace Min, World Number 127, is tentatively the tournament’s top ranked entrant. With Australian Open entries still to be determined, and normal withdrawals still to come, the entry list for Daytona is subject to change. As of December 17, 2016, the Main Draw entrant list, including player ranking, pending withdrawals, is as follows:

1 Grace MIN (USA) 127
2 Quirine LEMOINE (NED) 202
3 Teliana PEREIRA (BRA) 206
4 Sofia KENIN (USA) 213
5 Alize LIM (FRA) 214
6 An-Sophie MESTACH (BEL) 218
7 Jesika MALECKOVA (CZE) 224
8 Viktoria KUZMOVA (SVK) 225
9 Anna Karolina SCHMIEDLOVA (SVK) 227
10 Kristie AHN (USA) 231
11 Michelle LARCHER DE BRITO (POR) 232
12 Robin ANDERSON (USA) 240
13 Katarzyna PITER (POL) 242
14 Lauren ALBANESE (USA) 246
15 Paula KANIA (POL) 249
16 Barbora KREJCIKOVA (CZE) 253
17 Marie BOUZKOVA (CZE) 257
18 Danielle Rose COLLINS (USA) 264
19 Polina LEYKINA (RUS) 265
20 Olivia ROGOWSKA (AUS) 279

The qualifying list is currently as follows, pending withdrawals:

1 Sofya ZHUK (RUS) 292
2 Magdalena FRECH (POL) 293
3 Renata ZARAZUA (MEX) 302
4 Chloe PAQUET (FRA) 309
5 Paula BADOSA GIBERT (ESP) 315
6 Olga IANCHUK (UKR) 318
7 Elizabeth HALBAUER (USA) 319
8 Usue Maitane ARCONADA (USA) 325
9 Georgia BRESCIA (ITA) 327
10 Francesca DI LORENZO (USA) 331
11 Elizaveta IANCHUK (UKR) 339
12 Chanel SIMMONDS (RSA) 342
13 Caroline DOLEHIDE (USA) 346
14 Kamila KERIMBAYEVA (KAZ) 350
15 Jaqueline Adina CRISTIAN (ROU) 351
16 Ching-Wen HSU (TPE) 356
17 Ayano SHIMIZU (JPN) 361
18 Julia WACHACZYK (GER) 370
19 Vivien JUHASZOVA (SVK) 381
20 Harmony TAN (FRA) 383
21 Katie SWAN (GBR) 384
22 Akgul AMANMURADOVA (UZB) 386
23 Chiara SCHOLL (USA) 388
24 Vanda LUKACS (HUN) 390
25 Chantal SKAMLOVA (SVK) 391
26 Pemra OZGEN (TUR) 395
27 Chieh-Yu HSU (TPE) 406
28 Alexandra PERPER (MDA) 412
29 Ulrikke EIKERI (NOR) 414
30 Sandra SAMIR (EGY) 422
31 Petra KREJSOVA (CZE) 426
32 Tess SUGNAUX (SUI) 435
33 Tereza MIHALIKOVA (SVK) 438
34 Sanaz MARAND (USA) 439
35 Ayaka OKUNO (JPN) 440
36 Dea HERDZELAS (BIH) 451
37 Ana VRLJIC (CRO) 463
38 Caroline ROMEO (FRA) 477
39 Sofiya KOVALETS (UKR) 478
40 Julia ELBABA (USA) 484
41 Nicole COOPERSMITH (USA) 486
42 Tori KINARD (USA) 491
43 Gozal AINITDINOVA (KAZ) 495
44 Kristina SCHMIEDLOVA (SVK) 496
45 Theo GRAVOUIL (FRA) 500
46 Chayenne EWIJK (NED) 506
47 Hanna CHANG (USA) 508
48 Nicole FRENKEL (USA) 523
49 Alexandra SANFORD (USA) 527
50 Sabrina SANTAMARIA (USA) 532
51 Katherine SEBOV (CAN) 553
52 Jessica WACNIK (USA) 563
53 Dia EVTIMOVA (BUL) 567
54 Yuliya BEYGELZIMER (UKR) 568
55 Irina FETECAU (ROU) 570
56 Britt GEUKENS (BEL) 572

Daytona Beach $25K Women’s Open Entry List

The Daytona Beach tournament is played on Har-Tru, or green clay, at the Florida Tennis Center in Daytona Beach, Florida. This year’s tournament is scheduled for the week of January 8-15, 2017, with qualifying starting on Sunday January 8.

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