World-class professional tennis returns to A.C. Nielsen Tennis Center | Winnetka Talk


By Kristin Marren – June 19, 2014

The A.C. Nielsen Tennis Center is set to host the $50,000 Challenger Men’s Pro Tennis Championship from June 28th to July 5th. Below is the press release:

WINNETKA, June 16, 2014 – A.C. Nielsen Tennis Center will be hosting the 22nd annual $50,000 Challenger Men’s Pro Tennis Championship. The tournament will take place June 28th – July 5th. This is the only Men’s professional tennis tournament in the Chicago area.

The field for the $50,000 Challenger will feature 32 singles players and 16 doubles teams. Once again this year will feature two wild cards, which will allow two more players a slot in the tournament. These players will be chosen closer to the tournament date.

This year’s tournament will continue to support the North Suburban Special Recreation Association (NSSRA), an intergovernmental partnership of ten park districts, two cities and one village in the northern suburban area of Chicago. NSSRA provides and facilitates year-round recreation programs and services for children and adults with disabilities who live in partner communities.

For ticket, sponsorship, and match information, please check online at Qualifying matches are free and will take place June 28th and 29th. Tickets for the main draw are available online now and at the matches and beginning Thursday June 26th at the tournament desk pending availability. Press credentials are also available.

Each year the tournament has over 100 local children volunteer as ball kids during the tournament. The final tryout for the positions will be held Thursday June 19th at A.C. Nielsen Tennis Center 6:30 – 8pm. For more information or to attend, please contact Kristin Marren at (847)-651-1520.

With approximately 90 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. Celebrating its 35 anniversary in 2013, the USTA Pro Circuit provides 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 nearly $3 million in prize money. Last year, more than 1,000 men and women from more than 70 countries competed in cities nationwide. Mardy Fish, Maria Sharapova, John Isner, Caroline Wozniacki, Sam Querrey, Victoria Azarenka and Andy Murray are among today’s top stars who began their careers on the USTA Pro Circuit.