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APRIL 27 – MAY 4, 2014 Kiwi Tennis Club Indian Harbour Beach, FL

$50,000 Event Proud participant in the Har-Tru USTA Pro Circuit Wild Card Challenge

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Duval, Chirico ©Anthony Behar; Court, Doubles ©Rob Vomund. ©2014 USTA. All rights reserved.


The game starts here. Women’s Pro Tennis Tournament Alison Riske (USA), Kiwi Finalist

Last year’s webcast had over 50,000 viewers and over 110,000 hours of view time.


 TOURNAMENT CAR RAFFLE…...6

TENNIS TOURNAMENT

 SUCCESS STORIES....…………............8

2014

 SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES.12  HAR-TRU USTA PRO CIRCUIT….....14  KIWI TENNIS CLUB…………………...15  SCOTT CENTER FOR

FOR AUTISM TREATMENT………...18

 FLORIDA TECH TENNIS…………......20  AUDI MELBOURNE………...................22  REVOLUTION TECHNOLOGIES......24  KID’S DAY…………………………..........26  USTA PRO CIRCUIT……………...........28

Schedule of Events

Thursday, April 17 – FREE ADMISSION • Wild Card Tournament • Round 1: 1:00 PM • Round 2: 5:00 PM (3rd set, 10-point tie breaker) Friday, April 18 – FREE ADMISSION • Wild Card Tournament • Round 3: 12:00 noon • Final Round: 6:00 PM (Full 3rd set) Sunday, April 27 – FREE ADMISSION • 1ST Round of Qualifying: 10 am start • Kid’s Day: 3 – 5 pm – Bring Kids for a complimentary tennis clinic, games, and prizes. Monday, April 28 – FREE ADMISSION • 2nd Round of Qualifying: 10 am start Tuesday, April 29 – FREE ADMISSION • 10 am start • Aces for Autism Clinic: 4:30 – 6 pm • Feature Matches: 6 pm & 7:30 pm


TICKETS

FOR TENNIS TOURNAMENT

QUARTERFINALS $15 SEMIFINALS Wednesday, April 30 – FREE ADMISSION • 10 am start • Feature Matches: 6 pm & 7:30 pm Thursday,May 1 – FREE ADMISSION • 10 am start • Woman’s USTA Day: 10 – 2 pm • Revolution Technologies’ Night: 6 pm • Feature Matches: 6 pm & 7:30 pm Friday, May 2 – Ticket Required • Quarterfinals: 11 am start • Feature Matches: 6 pm & 7:30 pm Saturday, May 3 – Ticket Required • Semifinals: 11 am start Sunday, May 4 – Ticket Required • Finals: 11 am start

$20 FINALS $25 Free Admission for First 5 Days of Event! Purchase tickets at the door or in the Pro Shop prior to the event.


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Former Audi Melbourne participants who competed at Grand Slams in 2014

SUCCESS STORIES Before

they became stars, many of today’s top players got their starts on the USTA Pro Circuit, developing the games that have carried them to the top of the ATP World Tour and WTA rankings. Here is a look at just a few of today’s top-ranked Circuit graduates:

Timea Babos (HUN) Mirjana Lucic-Baroni (CRO) Michelle Larcher de Brito (POR) Lauren Davis (USA) Camila Giorgi (ITA) Alexa Glatch (USA) Olga Govortsova (BLR) Jamie Hampton (USA) Johanna Konta (GBR) Michaella Krajicek (NED)

Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA) Christina McHale (USA) Melanie Oudin (USA) Monica Puig (PUR) Alison Riske (USA) Laura Robson (GBR) Chanelle Scheepers (RSA) Sloane Stephens (USA) Anna Tatishvili (GEO) Coco Vandeweghe (USA)


Semifinals Audi Melbourne Women’s Tennis Tournament, 2012 Laura Robson (GBR), Kiwi Semifinalist

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was a former Audi Melbourne Pro Tennis Classic participant, reaching the semifinals in 2012. She is currently the top-ranked female player in Great Britain and reached a career-high singles ranking of No. 27 in the world in July 2013. At the age of 14, she won the Wimbledon Junior Girls’ Championship in 2007. She was also named the WTA Newcomer of the Year in 2012.


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Proud participant in the Har-Tru USTA Pro Circuit Wild Card Challenge A six-tournament series (three women’s and three men’s events), where the American who earns the most ATP/WTA points will receive a main draw wild card into the 2014 French Open.


Kiwi Tennis Club

30 Tradewinds Drive | Indian Harbour Beach, FL

The Kiwi Tennis Club, LLC, is a world-class tennis club built and solely-owned by Edward W. Scott, Jr. The club is located in Indian Harbour Beach, Florida, approximately one hour east of Orlando. The Audi Melbourne Pro Tennis Classic, held in May at the Kiwi Club every year for the past eight years, has always received high marks from the USTA and the event has been singled out by the USTA as an example of how a successful tennis tournament should be run. As a result, the tournament has been featured in USTA publications.

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The charitable beneficiary of the Tournament is the “Scott Center for Autism Treatment.” Edward Scott, owner of the Kiwi Club, was the principal donor in the creation of an Autism Treatment Center at the Florida Institute of Technology (FIT). Opened in the Fall of 2009, the Autism Center provides: • Scientifically supported behavioral and applied health care diagnosis, assessments and treatments for children and their families • Intensive training and supervision in the treatment for autism and related disabilities to students enrolled in the Florida Tech Applied behavior Analysis (ABA) master’s program and to other professionals and paraprofessionals who will be working with this population • An ongoing program of research directed toward improving outcomes for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD).


The Scott Center provides Early intensive Behavior Intervention (EIBI) for children ranging in age from 2 to 8 years. Services for children beyond this age range are provided on a case-by-case basis. The Aces for Autism FIT CLUB Social skills sessions are offered for children primarily between 6-17 years of age. Services are also offered for all age groups in developmental issues and family counseling. The Center holds programs and events such as summer camps, an Annual Autism Conference, free monthly autism related work-shops, a teacher “behavior basics boot camp�, and other training programs designed to educate the community about autism.

INFORMATION & SPONSORSHIPS For more information or to become a sponsor, contact COLLEEN MIDDLEBROOKS at The Scott Center (321) 674-8106, or email cmiddlebrooks@fit.edu.


Florida Institute of Technology In a show of support, head FIT tennis coach, Bill Macom, decided to challenge his tennis team during their season with keeping a count of their Aces and combining it with a charity. Aces for Autism was created in 2009 and has raised much needed scholarship and subsidy money for the Center. Children in the Social Skills classes have benefitted from the funds that “Aces� has raised by offsetting the costs for their FIT CLUB Social Skills classes. They also have received tennis instruction and clinics throughout the year. Many of these children have picked up a racket for the first time because of this program.


Tournament Proceeds Benefit the Scott Center for Autism Treatment The Scott Center for Autism Treatment located on the campus of Florida Institute of Technology provides Services, Research, and Training to children, families, students, and the community. The funding from the tournament goes directly to the Social Skills program for children ages 5-17.

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Nicole Gibbs turned pro in 2013 after claiming her second consecutive NCAA singles crown and subsequently won the first USTA Pro Circuit event she entered.


great expectations The USTA Pro Circuit is where aspiring pros go to develop their games and prepare themselves for the sport’s highest levels of competition. BY RICK RENNERT

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hen Nicole Gibbs was in high school, she established herself as one of America’s most promising young players by advancing to the title match of the USTA Girls’ 18 National Championships in 2010 and 2011 and by reaching the semifinals of the 2011 US Open Junior Championships as a qualifier. Once Gibbs moved on to Stanford University, she embarked on a stellar collegiate career that few players have rivaled. She was named an All-American as a sophomore after sweeping the 2012 NCAA singles and doubles championships, becoming only the third woman in history to capture both NCAA titles in the same season. In her junior year last spring, when she was 20 years old, Gibbs won her second consecutive NCAA singles crown and helped lead Stanford to the 2013 NCAA team title. Soon after, with little left to prove in the college ranks, she turned pro. Now Gibbs is making the transition to the game’s highest levels. To help her learn how to handle her new life as a pro, she has been competing in tournaments from coast to coast on the world’s largest developmental professional tennis tour: the USTA Pro Circuit. Gibbs is not new to the USTA Pro Circuit. She entered her first Circuit event when she Jamere Jenkins was 14, and she won a doubles title at a $50,000 tournament in Raleigh, N.C. in 2010 and claimed a singles crown at a $50,000 event in Denver, Colo., in 2012. But now that Gibbs is a pro player, she can build her playing schedule chiefly around Circuit events and develop her game in match play

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against high-level competition on a consistent basis. As it has done for so many other up-and-coming young players before Gibbs, the USTA Pro Circuit is providing her with an ongoing opportunity to raise not only her ranking as a player, but also her confidence in her play. “With so many talented competitors around the world in recent years, young players absolutely have to prove themselves at this level,” says Brian Earley, Director, USTA Pro Circuit. “Players do not bypass developmental tennis anymore. Those who grind it out on the USTA Pro Circuit are best prepared to face the rigors of the pro tour.” Celebrating its 35th anniversary, the USTA Pro Circuit serves as a direct pathway to men’s and women’s tour events and the Grand Slam tournaments, teaching young players what it takes to become a successful professional while giving them the opportunity to grow their game and to accumulate the ranking points necessary to gain automatic entry into tourlevel main draws. Local communities across the United States also benefit from the USTA Pro Circuit, as it gives tennis fans from California to New York and from Texas to Michigan the chance to see world-class tennis in their own backyards. “First title as a pro player!!” Gibbs tweeted when she won the $50,000 Challenger in Yakima, Wash., in July 2013. Then she added: “Excited to start all over in Portland on Weds.” On the USTA Pro Circuit, there is always another tournament down

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the road, where players can continue to hone their games. Each year, the USTA Pro Circuit features approximately 90 events. It stages weekly tournaments from January through November, ranging from $10,000 events for beginning pros to $100,000 events for players on the cusp of joining the ATP and WTA tours. While awarding nearly $3 million in prize money, the USTA Pro Circuit is similar in format to the ATP World Tour and the WTA—with one notable exception: the USTA Pro Circuit spares U.S. players who are starting their professional careers the expense of having to travel around the globe in order to compete against other equally talented players. “It provides small steps so young players aren’t overwhelmed with what they want to accomplish,” says Grace Min, who has played consistently on the USTA Pro Circuit since capturing the 2011 US Open girls’ singles championship. “I started out playing $10,000

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events, then slowly moved into the higher prize money tournaments when I felt I was ready to compete at the next level. Just by playing matches and being exposed to different situations, I’ve been able to find what works for me and what doesn’t in my game.” Thanks in large part to her strong performances on the USTA Pro Circuit, Min improved her ranking, which stood at No. 414 at the end of 2011, by almost 300 positions by October 2013. Other young American women who are competing on the USTA Pro Circuit and looking to leap ahead in the rankings in 2014 include Allie Kiick, Victoria Duval, Alicia Black, Sachia Vickery and 2012 world No. 1 junior Taylor Townsend. Meanwhile, young American men—such as Marcos Giron, Bjorn Fratangelo, Mitchell Krueger and Tennys Sandgren—are attempting to follow in the footsteps of former US Open boys’ singles champion Jack Sock, who saw his ranking— and his game—flourish on the USTA Pro

Circuit. Sock went from a year-end ranking of No. 382 in 2011 to No. 150 at the end of 2012 and entered the Top 100 for the first time last summer after winning the $50,000 Challenger in Winnetka, Ill. “Staying in your age group and playing a lot of kids you’re supposed to win against really helps so you learn how to win,” said Sock. “And then going up [to the USTA Pro Circuit] and taking it slow, playing the pro tournaments at your own pace, is important. I think it really helps.” Jarmere Jenkins, the 2013 Intercollegiate Tennis Association National College Player of the Year, has been following that same route. Shortly after falling one match shy of capturing the “triple crown” of college tennis—he reached the NCAA singles final, won the doubles championship and helped the University of Virginia take home the team title—Jenkins won his first pro singles title at a USTA Pro Circuit $10,000 Futures event in Innisbrook, Fla., last

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Young Americans who have used the USTA Pro Circuit to establish the foundation of promising professional careers include (clockwise from above) Taylor Townsend, Tennys Sandgren and Jack Sock. Facing page: Bjorn Fratangelo and Grace Min, the only Americans to claim junior Grand Slam titles in 2011, won their first professional crowns on the USTA Pro Circuit within 18 months of their glory at Roland Garros and the US Open, respectively.

summer. He has since entered higher-level Circuit events in an effort to raise his game and further improve his ranking. While junior stars and collegiate standouts make up the majority of the players competing on the USTA Pro Circuit, the tournaments also provide an opportunity for tour veterans coming back from injury or seeking to regain their form. Brian Baker is a leading example of a player who has embraced the USTA Pro Circuit in order to get another shot at playing on tennis’s biggest stages. After missing six years of competition due to injuries requiring five surgeries, he returned to professional tennis full time in 2012 and won three Circuit events. By that spring, he was playing on the ATP World Tour and was a finalist at a tour event in Nice. By year’s end, he had moved into the world’s Top 100 for the first time in his career. “The USTA Pro Circuit is a great place to improve your game and see what you need to do to get to the next level,” says Baker. “I have

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had a lot of success on the USTA Pro Circuit, and I’m very grateful that I’ve had a chance to play. It’s nice to have so many tournaments to play so you don’t have to travel as much. A lot of countries don’t have these opportunities.” While the players who compete on the USTA Pro Circuit are predominantly American, the tournaments draw athletes from all over the world. Each year, more than half of the US Open men’s and women’s fields are made up of USTA Pro Circuit players or graduates. All told, USTA Pro Circuit alumni— which includes current stars such as Victoria Azarenka, Bob and Mike Bryan, Andy Murray, Li Na and Maria Sharapova—have combined for more than 50 Grand Slam tournament singles titles, with 17 of those players having risen to No. 1 in the world rankings. For aspiring pros looking to develop the games that can carry them all the way to the top, there’s no better place to begin than on the USTA Pro Circuit. ●


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