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USTA Pro Circuit takes place in Southaven

Snowden Grove Tennis Center in Southaven recently hosted the Oliver Foundation Men’s USTA Pro Circuit $15K.  The professional tournament is a part of the USTA Pro Circuit Men’s Competitive Pathway, formerly referred to as Challengers or Futures events.  The USTA Pro Circuit is the equivalent of the “minor leagues” of tennis, where all future professional stars get their start before going on to  the ATP Tour.

The event in Southaven is currently the only Pro Circuit event held in Mississippi, and took place August 15-21.  Tennis pros from 14 different countries took part in the event, and battled it out for valuable ranking points that will help earn them spots on the ATP Tour.  Garrett Johns, now ranked 746th in the world and a senior at Duke University, won the singles event.  The doubles was won by Millen Hurrion of Great Britain, who partnered with Finn Reynolds who just finished an outstanding collegiate career at Ole Miss.

Keith Evans, who has been serving as the Tournament Director of this event at various locations since 2004, is excited to bring professional tennis back to the area

“We haven’t been able to have this event since Covid, so we were excited to be able to bring professional tennis back to the Mid-South region,” said Evans.  “The circuit has been around for decades, and all great pros have to come up this way before hitting the ATP Tour.  We had a great field this year because most of the entrants will go straight from here to the US Open Qualifying."

Snowden Grove in Southaven offered many different activities throughout the week such as a Pro-Am on Monday and a Kids Day on Wednesday open to all area juniors to attend.  Multiple up and coming pros attended, such as two former NCAA Individual Singles Champions Sam Riffice of Florida and Thai-Son Kwiatkowski of Virginia, as well as this year’s junior Wimbledon Champion Alex Michelsen.  Tennys Sandgren, once ranked as high as 41 in the world and a quarterfinalist in the Australian Open as recently as 2020, was the top seed and headline player for the event.

“So many great pros have played in this event before they went on to become household names,” Evans said.  “We’ve had James Blake, Mardy Fish, John Isner, and Denis Shapavalov just to name a few.  This is a great event for the community to be able to host just to be able to see up close how good these guys are.  We’re thankful to over 30 sponsors that have contributed just for us to be able to host the event.”

For a recap of the event and to view the draw, go to THIS LINK:

 
 
 
 

 

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