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Rome Tennis Center at Berry College to host $60K Women’s USTA Pro Circuit Event

Rome, Georgia (January 20, 2023) – Georgia’s Rome Tennis Open, a $60K women’s USTA Pro Circuit event, returns to Rome Tennis Center at Berry College January 30-February 5 at the complex’s six-court indoor tennis facility. The tournament will feature some of the best up-and-coming players inside the top 100-250 in the WTA world rankings, from the USA and around the world.

The tournament, which takes place immediately following the conclusion of the Australian Open, marks the first professional tournament of the year for Rome Tennis Center at Berry College. The acceptance list’s top seed was claimed by Hungarian Panna Udvardy, recent World No. 76 who competed in the first round of the Australian Open. Seven Americans have claimed top ten seeds in the tournament, including Katie Volynets, who notably knocked out the No. 9 seed at this year’s Australian Open as a qualifier, Emma Navarro, a former University of Virginia player who has been making waves on the professional tour, and Ann Li, who achieved a career-high World No. 44 ranking at the start of last year.

“We could not be more excited to kick off 2023 with our annual Georgia’s Rome Tennis Open,” said Ann Hortman, tournament director and Director of Rome Sports. “We have been fortunate to see many of our competitors go on to compete on the Grand Slam stage and are looking forward to welcoming these rising stars back to Rome, Georgia.” “Providing these players with access to a great facility and home to compete in is something we take great pride in,” said Colt Gaston, General Manager of Rome Tennis Center at Berry College. “This gives our members and local players an amazing chance to see what top level tennis is all about.”

Members of the public are welcome to attend, and the tournament is currently seeking volunteers throughout the week.

About USTA Pro Circuit With approximately 90 tournaments hosted annually throughout the country and prize money ranging from $15,000 to $125,000, 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. The USTA launched its Pro Circuit 38 years ago to provide 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 more than $3 million in prize money. Last year, more than 1,000 men and women from more than 70 countries competed in cities nationwide. Andy Murray, Maria Sharapova, John Isner, Sloane Stephens, Kei Nishikori, Victoria Azarenka, and Sam Querrey are among today’s top stars who began their careers on the USTA Pro Circuit.

About Rome Tennis Center at Berry College The Rome Tennis Center at Berry College is an award-winning center that hosts local, national, and international tournaments and is the largest contiguous hard-court facility in the country. The 57-court facility is comprised of USTA standard, asphalt tennis courts and includes six NCAA regulation courts, six indoor courts and three center courts for tournament and collegiate play. All courts have lighting and access to shade structures. The terraced design provides ADA accessibility to all courts. The facility hosts daily programming to support and build tennis play locally. Local programs and lessons are offered for all ages and abilities from leisure play to competitive league play.


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