World-class tennis on display
By Chris Fish
BREVARD -- For the chance to see world-class tennis players and future tennis stars, residents are encouraged to attend the third annual Revolution Technologies Pro Tennis Classic from June 7-16 at the Kiwi Tennis Club.
The event will feature 10 days of world-class singles and doubles tennis matches from players from around the world, benefiting the Scott Center for Autism Treatment in Melbourne. The top prize for the tournament is $10,000.
"(The public has) the opportunity to see world-class tennis and the stars of tomorrow right in their hometown," said Ameilia Woodbridge, a consultant for the event. "Many top collegiate players who have just competed in the NCAA championships will be competing at our event, as well as local players Greg Durham, Jake Kolb, Tristan Mignogna, Kyle Logue, Stefan Hartmann, Matias Harrman, Nick Lofrumento and Kurt Pessa."
Organizers said Chase Buchanan will return to defend his 2012 Singles Champion title, and members of the National Champions University of Virginia tennis team Mitchell Frank, Mac Styslinger, Justin Shane and Ryan Shane will be competing. Also, singles finalist from 2011, Jeff Dadamo, will also be returning.
Organizers said this USTA Pro Circuit event will feature 128 singles players in the qualifying draw, 32 singles players in the main draw and 16 main draw doubles teams.
"We continue to work with businesses and organizations in the community to bring professional tennis to Brevard," said Holly Baney, tournament director, in a press release. "Each year, the support continues to grow, and we are excited that the interest in the sport by community and our sponsors gives tennis fans a way to enjoy professional tennis on a local level."
In addition to tennis, Ms. Woodbridge said the event will also feature special activities, including Autism Awareness Day on June 11, as well as Florida Tech Night on June 14, an Aces for Autism Kids Clinic on June 15, a Father's Day event on June 16 and nightly feature matches.
The USTA Pro Circuit is the pathway to the U.S. Open and tour-level competition for aspiring tennis players and a competition for established professionals. Last year, organizers said more than 1,000 people from more than 70 countries competed on the USTA Pro Circuit for approximately $32 million in prize money and valuable ATP World Tour and WTA Tour ranking points.
"This event is important to the development of tennis in the United States," Ms. Woodbridge said. "It was added specifically by Patrick McEnroe, the head of USTA player development, to provide more opportunities for young American players to compete on clay during the summer."
For more information, visit kiwiprotennis.com or call (321) 698-0888.