The Orlando Tennis Series, an ITF World Tennis Tour M15 and W15 event, began Monday at the USTA National Campus.
Qualifying began Tuesday for the dual men’s and women’s event that will see some of the top up-and-coming players from around the world compete in Lake Nona. The field features a number of Americans, including both current and former collegians, as well as top juniors.
Grace Min, a professional veteran already at age 25 who has been ranked as high as world No. 97 and trains at the USTA National Campus near her Lake Nona home, is the No. 1 seed in the women’s singles main draw. University of Illinois rising sophomore Keenan Mayo is the No. 1 seed in the men’s singles main draw.
The ITF World Tennis Tour is the new umbrella name for all former USTA Pro Circuit and Junior Circuit tournaments and serves as the player pathway between the junior game and the elite levels of professional tennis.
The Orlando Tennis Series is the second professional tennis tournament to be held at the USTA National Campus this year. In January, the campus welcomed the Orlando Open, an ATP Challenger 90 men’s event that saw American Marcos Giron win the first ATP title of his career.
The main draw concludes with the doubles finals on Saturday, followed by the singles finals on Sunday. Play begins daily at 9 a.m. Admission to the Orlando Tennis Series is free.
With more than 100 tournaments throughout the country and prize money ranging from $15,000 to upwards of $160,000, the USTA Pro Circuit is the largest developmental tennis circuit in the world and the pathway to the US Open and tour-level competition for aspiring tennis players. Now in its 40th year, the USTA Pro Circuit has been a launching pad for many of today’s top pros, including Andy Murray, Maria Sharapova, John Isner, Sloane Stephens, Kei Nishikori, Victoria Azarenka, Caroline Wozniacki and Garbine Muguruza.