Palm Coast - See the rising stars of men's tennis from around the world Monday, Jan. 21, through Sunday, Jan. 27, at the Palm Coast Men's 25K: A USTA M25 Event at the Palm Coast Tennis Center, 1290 Belle Terre Parkway. The pro tournament has a new name this year!
This is the City of Palm Coast's 10th year hosting the tournament, and USTA will be presenting Palm Coast an award for that achievement.
This year the Tennis Center has qualified to host a higher-level tournament with a $25,000 purse (as opposed to a $15,000 purse) - bringing in a greater caliber of players and offering an even more competitive event.
Making stops in local communities across the United States, the USTA M25 Event is the pathway to the professional ranks for the next generation of world-class players. Here in Palm Coast, up to 50 touring professionals will compete at the City's outstanding clay court facility for a $25,000 purse and the ranking points players need to ascend to the next level.
Spectator admission is free Jan. 21-24. Also free is Net Generation Kid's Day at 9 a.m. Jan. 26, where children 16 years and under will have fun and games on-court with the head pro of the Palm Coast Tennis Center as well as USTA pros! Advance registration for Net Generation Kid's Day is recommended at www.parksandrec.fun/events.
Events Jan. 25-27 require tickets at $5 non-member adult, $3 Tennis Center pass holder, $3 children ages 10-17, and free for kids under 10. Tickets are valid for the whole day. Tickets are available for purchase daily at the front desk or in advance at www.parksandrec.fun/events.
Tickets to participate in the Pro-Am Event on Jan. 22 are $35; advance registration is required and can be done so at www.parksandrec.fun/events or at the Palm Coast Tennis Center. Play right alongside touring professionals!
The schedule is as follows:
· Singles Qualifying will be Jan. 21
· Singles and Doubles Main Draw will be Jan. 22
· Pro-Am will be Jan. 22
· Net Generation Kid's Day will be Jan. 26 at 9 a.m.
· Doubles Finals will be Jan. 26
· Singles Finals will be Jan. 27
A schedule of matches will be posted daily at www.palmcoastgov.com/tennisfutures. Times are subject to change, so please check the online schedule often. No refunds will be given.
"We are excited that this is the 10th year of this prestigious event in Palm Coast, and that on the 10th anniversary we are now a $25,000 event which will bring higher skill level athletes to our area," said Brandon Washington, Tournament Director for the Palm Coast Men's 25K: A USTA M25 Event.
"For 10 years, this event has been a staple in the community that many people take pride in," Washington said. "As part of the 10-year celebration, we are also revamping our Kid's Day. On Saturday, Jan. 26, we are partnering with USTA's Net Generation to provide a kid's clinic, pizza, ice cream, and fun activities for all to enjoy. We hope families will stick around to enjoy the Semi-Finals matches going on later that same day."
The USTA Pro Circuit is the largest developmental tennis circuit in the world and has launched the careers of such current stars as Victoria Azarenka, John Isner, Mardy Fish, Andy Murray, Maria Sharapova and Caroline Wozniacki, as well as past champions Andre Agassi, Jim Courier, Lindsay Davenport, Justine Henin and Pete Sampras.
In 2015, Palm Coast resident Reilly Opelka played in the tournament after receiving the Main Draw Wild Card from USTA. Later that year, Opelka won the Junior Wimbledon tournament, defeating the No. 1-ranked junior. He is now a professional tennis player. This year, we have some returning players from last year's tournament: Harrison Adams (USA), Louis Wessels (Ger), Alessandro Petrone (Ita), Alejandor Gomez (Col), Pavel Krainik (Can), Or Ram-Harel (Isr), Ricardo Rodriguez (Ven), Trent Bryde (USA), Jauma Pla Malfeito (Esp), and Strong Kirchheimer (USA).
For more information on the upcoming Palm Coast Men's 25K tournament, visit www.palmcoastgov.com/tennisfutures or call 386-986-2550.