USTA tennis tournament to make debut in Las Cruces Sunday

USTA tennis tournament to make debut in Las Cruces Sunday
Thursday, May 30, 2013 - 1:19pm

The Las Cruces $25,000 Women’s Challenger is making its debut on the USTA Pro Circuit this year. It is one of two USTA Pro Circuit women’s events being held in New Mexico, joining a $75,000 event in Albuquerque in September.

The $25,000 hard-court women’s event will take place at the New Mexico State University Tennis Center in Las Cruces, N.M.

Qualifying begins on Sunday, June 2, and the singles main draw will begin on Tuesday, June 4.

Daily updates on this tournament can be found at

Location: New Mexico State University Tennis Center (unless designated otherwise)

*Registration (all players): Saturday, June 1, 2013, 3-6 p.m.

*Player Reception (private event at Ramada Palms): Sun., June 2, 6-9 p.m.

Qualifying Matches: Sun.-Mon., June 2-3, beginning 9 a.m. (appx.)
No Night Matches
(Free admission for all spectators)

Pro-Am Classic: Mon. June 3, 6-7:30 p.m. (appx.),
with reception and recognitions at NMSU Fulton Center from 8-9 p.m. (appx.)
Participation expected to be 32 players (16 pros and 16 local amateurs)

Main Draw matches (singles and doubles): Tues., June 4 through Sun. June 9, starting time at 9 a.m. (appx.)
$5 admission onTue. through Sat.; $10 admission for Sun. *finals.
$20 for week-long, all-session pass.

Community Day
Free clinics and ice cream social for 10 and under; 11 to 18 and official “Ball-kids”
Wed., June 5, 5:30-7 p.m.

Additional Notes:
Nearly 100 players are expected to participate. Pre-registrations indicated that as many as 23 different countries could be represented in the tournament.

Ramada Palms will serve as the official host hotel.

Tennis Radio will be broadcasting live from the tournament, with worldwide access through the Internet.

Advance tickets are available online at and
Tickets can also be purchased directly at the NMSU Tennis Center.

With approximately 90 tournaments hosted annually 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. The USTA launched its Pro Circuit 34 years ago to provide players with the opportunity to gain professional ranking points, and it has since grown to become the largest developmental tennis circuit in the world, offering nearly $3 million in prize money. Last year, more than 1,000 men and women from more than 70 countries competed in cities nationwide. Mardy Fish, Maria Sharapova, John Isner, Caroline Wozniacki, Sam Querrey, Victoria Azarenka and Andy Murray are among today’s top stars who began their careers on the USTA Pro Circuit.

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