It’s a busy weekend for tennis in Pittsburgh.
The Merrill Lynch Men’s Futures of Pittsburgh is being held at Mt. Lebanon Tennis Center this week, bringing together some of the world’s top up-and-coming tennis players on the popular Pittsburgh clay courts. It’s the 15th straight year of the event.
The Men’s Futures of Pittsburgh is a USTA Pro Circuit event with $10,000 in prize money, as well as valuable ATP rankings points. The Pro Circuit is the pathway to the US Open and tour-level competition for tennis players. For more than 30 years, the USTA Pro Circuit has brought professional tennis to local communities.
Meanwhile, the National Collegiate Clay Court Championships/West Penn Amateur is also taking place at Mt. Lebanon. The event, which has a history of more than 125 years, matches up some of the top college and amateur players players from around Pittsburgh and the east coast.
The main draw of the Pro Circuit event will get underway Tuesday, June 30 and the qualifying draw began Saturday, June 27. The main draw will consist of 32 singles and 16 doubles players. Mt. Lebanon Tennis Center is a Middle States Premier Provider.
The draw includes 25 players ranked in the top 1,000 in the world. Former collegiate standout Wil Spencer has won two USTA Pro Circuit doubles titles over the past two years and will look to add to that once again.
Many touring professionals got started in the USTA Pro Circuit, including Victoria Azarenka, Eugenie Bouchard, John Isner, Andy Murray, Kei Nishikori, Maria Sharapova and Caroline Wozniacki. Past champions at the Men’s Futures of Pittsburgh include Jean-Yves Aubone , Michael Shabaz, Alex Bogdanovic, and Brian Baker.
Local Connections in the tournaments
-From Hostetter, Pa.
-Recent graduate of Greater Latrobe High School, class of 2015
-Signed national letter of intent to play at Valparaiso
-2015 WPIAL Boy’s Singles AAA Tennis Champion
-Received 12 Varsity letters for tennis, golf, and basketball; placed 11th at the golf state championship.
-Graduated from Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School in 2014
-Currently plays at Richmond University in Virginia
-Is a photographer and digital artist
-Graduated form Mt. Lebanon High school in 2013
-Currently attends and plays at Mercyhurst University…Led Lakers, as a freshman, with 19 singles victories after posting a 19-2 record
-Sarah, one of her older sisters, also played tennis at Mercyhurst and they have played together in doubles.
-From Venetia, Pa.
-Class AAA Section 4 doubles winner in 2014.
-High school class of 2016…
For more information about the West Penn Amateur, click here. To submit a local connection in the tournament, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Be sure to check out the USTA Middle States Facebook page the week after the tournament to see a photo gallery from the event.