Godfrey – Wimbledon may be over, but some of tennis’ rising stars will shine as Lewis and Clark Community College hosts the 13th annual United States Tennis Association’s Men’s Futures Pro Circuit Tennis Tournament July 22-Aug. 1 at the Andy Simpson Tennis Complex on the Lewis and Clark Community College Godfrey campus.
The USTA Pro Circuit has served as a launching pad for some of tennis’ greatest players. Andy Roddick, Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi, Maria Sharapova and Lindsay Davenport are among the game’s top stars who began their careers on the USTA Pro Circuit.
The weeklong USTA Men’s Futures Tournament draws spectators from all over the metro area to the College’s campus. Spectators are provided with covered stadium seating, which keeps them comfortable and shaded from the heat.
Registration for the tournament will be held Thursday, July 22, from 4-6 p.m. in River Bend Arena at Lewis and Clark Community College. Players in the $10K Tournament will start qualifying play Friday, July 23, as they vie for a chance at making the final 128-player main draw. The main draw will begin Monday, July 26, at 9 a.m., and play will continue throughout the week— ending with the championship finals Sunday, Aug. 1.
As part of the tournament this year, the College will host a Tennis Carnival for children on Saturday, July 31 from 10 a.m. to noon. During the event, which is open to the public, youth from the Alton and Bethalto Boys and Girls Clubs will take part in a skills clinic with some of the tournament’s professionals and members of the Gateway Confluence Wheelchair Sports Foundation will be giving demonstrations.
For more information about the tournament or directions to campus, contact the College’s Public Relations Department at (618) 468-3200.
Visit the tournament website for more info at http://www.usta.com/ProTennis/USTAProCircuit.aspx. See Lewis and Clark's Athletics site for day-to-day coverage.