There will be no shortage of top-150 players in Rome, Georgia as professional women’s tennis kicks off in the United States in Rome with Georgia’s Rome Tennis Open.
Georgia’s Rome Tennis Open will be the first USTA Pro Circuit event held in the U.S. for 2021. The women’s 60K event will be held Jan. 25-31 at the Rome Tennis Center at Berry College. The Pro Circuit is the launching pad for many young players to a successful pro career and a way for seasoned pros to climb back up the rankings after inactivity or an injury.
“It’s an amazing player field,” stated Tournament Director Ann Hortman. “This being our first time to host the pro circuit, we are excited to have so many current and former top-150 players coming to Rome.”
The women’s event will feature a 32-player singles qualifying draw, a 32-player singles main draw and a 16-team doubles draw with a field made up of well-known professional players as well as up-and-coming junior tennis stars.
In its debut year, Georgia’s Rome Tennis Open will feature many of the best women tennis players in the world. It is the third largest professional tournament in the state of Georgia in terms of prize money (ATP World Tour 250 event – Truist Atlanta Open in July, is the largest, Mercer Tennis Classic 80K Womens is second).
The USTA Pro Circuit is the largest professional developmental tennis circuit in the world, with more than 100 events held annually, offering over $4 million in prize money. 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. Since its inception in 1979, the Pro Circuit has been bringing the excitement of world-class professional tennis to dozens of local communities, while providing players the opportunity to gain professional ranking points. In 2019, more than 1,000 men and women from more than 70 countries competed in cities nationwide. Victoria Azarenka, Eugenie Bouchard, John Isner, Madison Keys, Andy Murray, Kei Nishikori, Sam Querrey and Caroline Wozniacki are among today’s top stars who began their careers on the USTA Pro Circuit. Circuit alumni have accounted for more than 50 Grand Slam singles titles, and 17 Pro Circuit veterans have risen to No. 1 in the world.