Player News Highlights from the USTA Pro Circuit


Ryan Harrison won both the singles and doubles titles at the USTA Pro Circuit $50,000 Challenger in Honolulu on January 30, his first career singles Challenger-level title; Harrison is the first player of 2011 to win both the singles and doubles titles at a USTA Pro Circuit event—only four men completed the feat last year. Harrison competed in doubles with Andy Roddick at the ATP World Tour event in Memphis, Tenn., last week, advancing to the second round.


Three-time USTA Pro Circuit singles champion Ryan Sweeting has reached his first career ATP World Tour singles quarterfinal this week in Delray Beach, Fla., upsetting world No. 22 Sam Querrey in the second round (he faces Japan’s Kei Nishikori today). Nishikori won four USTA Pro Circuit events last season, which helped him re-enter the Top 100 after an elbow injury sidelined him for much of 2009.


Former NCAA No. 1 Irina Falconi had the best USTA Pro Circuit result of her career after advancing to the final of the $100,000 event in Midland, Mich.—the only $100,000 event on the USTA Pro Circuit calendar—on February 13; Falconi lost to Lucie Hradecka 6-4, 6-4, in the final, but with the result, she is currently ranked a career-high No. 135; Falconi had previously never reached a final above the $25,000 level on the USTA Pro Circuit.


16-year-old Jessica Pegula, of Boca Raton, Fla., qualified for and reached the final of the USTA Pro Circuit $25,000 event in Lutz, Fla., on January 23—the first career final for the young American.


Former world No. 77 Wayne Odesnik defeated qualifier Nicola Ghedin, 6-2, 6-1, in the singles final of the USTA Pro Circuit $10,000 Futures in Palm Coast, Fla., on February 6; this was Odesnik’s first title since returning to competition following a year-long suspension as dictated by the Tennis Anti-Doping Program, which is administered by the International Tennis Federation; meanwhile, 2010 US Open boys’ champion Jack Sock captured the doubles title with Dimitar Kutrovsky, defeating fellow Americans Gregory Ouellette and 2010 US Open National Playoffs champion Blake Strode.


There has been an American player in the singles final for seven of the first 11 USTA Pro Circuit events of the season; there has also been an American player in the doubles final for seven of the 11 doubles events.


Courtesy of the USTA.