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Rock Hill Hosting USTA Pro Circuit Event

October 16, 2009 05:46 PM

 The City of Rock Hill announced today that it will hold an exciting USTA Pro Circuit women’s professional tennis tournament at the Rock Hill Tennis Center from November 1 to 8, 2009. The tournament is the last USTA Pro Circuit event in South Carolina for 2009.  Hilton Head and Sumter host $10K events.

The first-ever Rock Hill Rocks Open is set to draw ranked tennis players from around the world competing for prize money and ranking points.  It will feature 32 players in the singles main draw, and 16 teams in the doubles main draw.  The main draw singles winner takes home $2,940 and gets 50 ranking points.  The finalist wins $1,666 and gets 34 points.  The winning doubles team gets $1,176 total and 50 points each. 

The open, officially called the City of Rock Hill Women’s $25K USTA Pro Circuit Tennis Tournament, includes four tournaments in addition to the main draw singles and doubles contests.  Those four are qualifying and wild card tournaments for singles and doubles. The winners of the qualifying and wild card tournaments get automatic bids to the main draw tournaments.  The wild card event held October 23 to 25 is for local and regional players.  There is free admission for the public to watch all contests.

As a special bonus, the Rock Hill Rocks Open will feature three community evening events:  a pro-am adult social on November 2, a free children’s carnival clinic on November 3, and a free junior high performance clinic on November 4. These events serve an integral part of the USTA’s mission to grow and develop the sport in the United States, mixing top-level tennis with community initiatives designed to increase tennis participation, which is at its highest point in 15 years.

“This is an exciting time for us at the Rock Hill Tennis Center,” said center and tournament director Tim Pleasant.  “On opening day, in 2005, I promised to deliver all of the programs under the USTA model in the first five years of operation.  With the addition of the USTA Pro Circuit Event, we have achieved that goal.  Having this level of tennis in our back yard will put the Rock Hill Tennis Center on the tennis map.  We hope that everyone involved from the players, staff, volunteers to the spectators enjoy this event and come back again year after year.” 

With more than 90 tournaments throughout the country and prize money ranging from $10,000 to $100,000, 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. Last year, more than 1,000 men and women from more than 70 countries competed on the USTA Pro Circuit for approximately $3.2 million in prize money and valuable ATP and WTA Tour ranking points. US Open teen sensation Melanie Oudin, Maria Sharapova, Andy Roddick, James Blake, Andy Murray, Jelena Jankovic, David Nalbandian and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga are among today’s top stars that began their careers on the USTA Pro Circuit.

Additional Events

Wild Card Tournament:
October 23 to October 25 (anyone can enter, $40 entry fee - deadline is October 21 at 9 pm.)

Qualifying Tournament:
November 1 to November 3

Pro-Am Adult Social:
November 2 ($40 entry fee - limited to the first 33 recreational players)

Children’s Carnival Clinic:
November 3 (free to first 75 registered players ages 4 to 12 years old)

Juniors High Performance Clinic:
November 4 (free to first 75 registered players ages 10 to 18 years old)

The USTA is the national governing body for the sport of tennis in the U.S. and the leader in promoting and developing the growth of tennis at every level -- from local communities to the highest level of the professional game.  A not-for-profit organization with 730,000 members, it invests 100% of its proceeds in growing the game. It owns and operates the US Open, the highest attended annual sporting event in the world, and launched the Olympus US Open Series linking 10 summer tournaments to the US Open. In addition, it owns the 94 Pro Circuit events throughout the U.S., is a minority owner and promotional partner of World TeamTennis, and selects the teams for the Davis Cup, Fed Cup, Olympic and Paralympic Games. The USTA philanthropic entity, USTA Serves, provides grants and scholarships and through tennis, helps underserved youth and people with disabilities to improve academics, build character and strive for excellence. For more information on the USTA, log on to usta.com.

The Sony Ericsson Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) Tour features top-level tournaments around the world for prize money from $220K to $10M.  The Family Circle Cup in Charleston, SC, is a $1M event on this tour.  The men’s equivalent tour is the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP).

The Rock Hill Rocks Open tournament is sponsored and hosted by the City of Rock Hill.  Other sponsors include Hampton Inn, South Carolina Bank and Trust, Comfort Inn & Suites, and Country Inns & Suites.

For more information contact:

Tim Pleasant, Tournament Director, by phone at 803-326-3841 and by e-mail at:  mytennisrocks@yahoo.com.
Tim Hartis, Tournament Public Relations Director, by phone at 803-230-1967 and by e-mail at:   timhartis@live.com.

For more information visit:

Facebook at:  Rock Hill Rocks Open
The City of Rock Hill PRT web site at:  http://www.RockHillRocks.com/
The USTA Pro Circuit Tour web site at:  http://www.usta.com/ProTennis/USTAProCircuit.aspx

 

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