By Steve Pratt
LAS VEGAS (Sept. 20, 2014) – Former WTA Tour world-ranked No. 7 Nicole Vaidisova has been awarded a wild card into the Red Rock Pro Open taking place next week at the Red Rock Country Club in Summerlin, organizers have announced.
The former Czech phenom won six WTA titles before she retired, and reached the semifinals of the 2006 French Open and the 2007 Australian Open. She achieved her career-high ranking of No. 7 at the tender age of 18 before injuries sidelined her, and she retired in March of 2010.
At age 25, Vaidisova is on the comeback trail having played in this week’s $75,000 Coleman Vision Challenger in Albuquerque, N.M., after a four-and-half year layoff.
Following a 6-3, 6-4 win in her opening round, Vaidisova fell to Johanna Konta of Great Britain, 1-6, 6-1, 6-4, in Albuquerque.
“Surreal, nerve-wracking! I am so glad I got to play,” Vaidisova told the WTA’s official website after her first-round win.
Vaidisova won her first ITF event as a 14-year-old and became the sixth youngest to win a WTA title and cracked the top 100 in 2004.
“I don’t know how this will play out, but no matter the outcome, I know I will be proud of myself for giving it my all and for the person I have become through this,’ Vaidisova wrote recently on Instagram.
In addition to Vaidisova, other notable tournament wild cards include:
- Asia Muhammad (Las Vegas): Muhammad, whose brother Shabazz plays for the Minnesota Timberwolves, has trained and resided in Las Vegas throughout her professional career.
- Jennifer Brady (Boca Raton, Fla.): A sophomore at UCLA, Brady is coming off a win at the $25,000 ITF in Redding, Calif., last week. Many believe Brady is ready for a professional career, and she is taking the Fall semester off to play pro events.
- Alexa Glatch (Newport Beach, Calif.): Glatch reached the finals in Las Vegas in 2011, the last year the event was held at Red Rock. She holds seven ITF singles titles.
Muhammad and Brady are both main draw wild card recipients, while Glatch received a wild card into the qualifying draw.
Qualifying for the Red Rock Pro Open begins Saturday and is free and open to the public. A fun-filled free Kid’s Day is planned for Sunday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. This FREE party will include carnival games and activities for all ages as well as on court tennis games and fun clinics. Every kid will go home a winner with prizes to be given out throughout the event.
In addition, a Pro-Am Tournament featuring selected sponsors and professional players will take place Monday starting at 7 p.m. A Tournament Party will also take place at the Country Club to provide a unique socializing and networking experience with players, sponsors and prominent community figures the following day on Tuesday at 7 p.m. More information on the schedule of events is posted on the tournament website at www.redrockproopen.com.
Premier sponsors include: Lotus Broadcasting, Cox Communications, Adidas, WG Communications Group, Storage One, USTA Nevada, Agent Atleta, LLC., 10sBalls.com, Samoa Artesian Water, Marquis Aurbach Coffing, Equilibrium-Vaga, Las Vegas Golf & Leisure, Darren Cahill
Support sponsors include: Marty Hennessy Foundation, Approach Tennis, Marcy Saxe Realty One, Farmers Insurance agent Richard Sacca, Guild Mortgage Company, Rachel’s Kitchen, Allstate Insurance agent Dwain Frazier, Ryan Wolfington, Raymond James agent Dan Jackson, Northern Trust, The Massage Advantage, Dr. Steve Kozmary.
The Red Rock Pro Open is a USTA women’s $50,000 Pro Circuit Challenger tournament encompassing a 32-player field in singles and 16 doubles teams.