TALLAHASSEE, Florida – April 8, 2011 –
Denis Kudla has been awarded the last wild card entry into the 2011 Tallahassee Tennis Challenger. This $50,000 USTA Pro Circuit men’s event will take place April 9-16 at the Forestmeadows Tennis Center.
Kudla had the strongest season of his young career in 2010, winning his first professional singles title at the USTA Pro Circuit $15,000 Futures in Austin, Texas, and reaching the boys’ singles final at the US Open. Kudla also recorded his first career ATP World Tour win in July in Newport, R.I., where he defeated Santiago Ventura in three sets as a wild card, and was named a U.S. Davis Cup practice partner for the first round tie in Serbia in March. Kudla rose to No. 3 in the world junior rankings in early 2010 before moving on to the USTA Pro Circuit.
The Tallahassee Tennis Challenger is going on its 19th year as a USTA Pro Circuit event.
ABOUT THE USTA PRO CIRCUIT:
With 90-plus tournaments hosted annually throughout the country and prize money ranging from $10,000 to $100,000, the USTA Pro Circuit is the pathway to the US Open and tour-level competition for aspiring tennis players and a frequent battleground for established professionals. The USTA launched its Pro Circuit 32 years ago to provide players with the opportunity to gain professional ranking points, and it has since grown to become the largest developmental tennis circuit in the world, offering more than $2.5 million in prize money. Last year, more than 1,000 men and women from more than 70 countries competed in cities nationwide. Maria Sharapova, Andy Roddick, Caroline Wozniacki, James Blake, Justine Henin, Andy Murray and Sam Querrey are among today’s top stars who began their careers on the USTA Pro Circuit.