CARSON, July 10, 2014 – The USTA announced that the USTA Training Center – West at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif., will host the USTA Player Development Women’s $50,000 Classic next week.
The USTA Pro Circuit event is taking the place for a women’s tournament in Yakima, Wash., that was faced with a fire in mid-May. The fire destroyed the host site’s clubhouse and impacted some of the adjoining tennis courts.
The field for the USTA Player Development Women’s $50,000 Classic will feature 32 singles players and 16 doubles teams. The main draw will be held from Tuesday, July 15, to Sunday, July 20. The qualifying tournament will be held from Sunday, July 13, to Tuesday, July 15. This tournament will be streamed live on www.procircuit.usta.com.
Carson is the second of three consecutive women’s hard-court tournaments thatmake up the USTA Pro Circuit’s US Open Wild Card Challenge, which will award amen’s and women’s wild card into the 2014 US Open. The American woman who earns the most WTA ranking points at two of the three USTA Pro Circuit hard-court events in Sacramento, Calif., Carson, and Lexington, Ky., will receive a USTA wild card to compete in the main draw of the US Open, which will be held Sunday, Aug. 25, to Monday, Sept. 8. Only players who did not receive direct entry into the US Open are eligible for the wild cards.
World No. 127 Olivia Rogowska, of Australia, will be the top seed in Carson. Notable American players expected to compete include:
- Former world No. 31 Melanie Oudin, the 2009 US Open quarterfinalist and 2010 US Open mixed doubles champion
- Nicole Gibbs, the 2012 and 2013 NCAA singles champion for Stanford
- Madison Brengle, who holds five USTA Pro Circuit singles titles and five doubles titles
- Shelby Rogers, who earned a wild card into the 2013 US Open and French Open by winning USTA wild card challenges that utilize the USTA Pro Circuit
- Sachia Vickery, who earned a wild card into the 2014 Australian Open and the 2013 US Open (as the USTA Girls’ 18s singles champion)
- Samantha Crawford, the 2012 US Open girls’ singles champion
- Former Top 10 junior Louisa Chirico, a girls’ singles semifinalist at the French Open and Wimbledon in 2013
- Maria Sanchez, the formerly No. 1-ranked college tennis player and a former All-American for USC
Players receiving main draw wild cards include:
- Kristie Ahn, who completed her senior season at Stanford this past year, earning a final No. 4 ranking in the ITA rankings and receiving multiple All-American honors in both singles and doubles throughout her collegiate career. Ahn was a finalist at a USTA Pro Circuit event in Carson in 2010 before heading to Stanford.
- Jamie Loeb, who recently completed her freshman season for the University of North Carolina, where she was the top-ranked college tennis player for most of the year
- Chanelle Van Nguyen, a UCLA standout
- Chiara Scholl, a four-time USTA Pro Circuit singles and doubles champion
The USTA Player Development Women’s $50,000 Classic will host a special Kids’ Day event on Saturday, July 19, from 8:30 am to 9:45 am. Kids of all ages and abilities are encouraged to attend the clinic. It will be held in conjunction with the Southern California Tennis Association and RAMP Tennis.
Carson has a strong history of hosting USTA Pro Circuit events. In 2005, the USTA Player Development staff ran its first-ever $50,000 event in Carson when Hurricane Katrina hit the U.S. and the men’s event was unable to take place in Louisiana. Since then, the USTA Player Development staff has hosted both men’s and/or women’s events from 2007-2011 with a number of standout players competing during those years.
Admission is free and open to the public. For additional information about the USTA Player Development Women’s $50,000 Classic, visit www.usta.com/carson.