The Humane Society of the Treasure Coast has been named as the benefiting charity for the $25,000 USTA Pro Circuit Women’s Challenger. The event will be held Jan. 13-20, 2013 at The Racquet Club at Tesoro in Port St. Lucie. The tournament offers $25,000 in prize money and will attract top-ranked professional women’s players from around the world.
“This tournament is the first time a professional tennis event of this caliber has ever been held on the Treasure Coast,” said Alexandra Owen, the event’s sponsorship/marketing director. “We chose the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast to be our benefiting charity because we’re committed animal lovers. Our hope is that some of the animals will find homes directly from the event as they will be showcased at a booth during the tournament.”
HSTC President and CEO Frank Valente expressed his gratitude. “We appreciate Alexandra and Winston Owen for selecting our humane society as the benefiting charity,” said Valente. “We are thrilled to be part of such an exciting event.”
Winston Owen, tennis director at The Racquet Club at Tesoro and the $25,000 Tesoro Tennis Challenger, said he is thrilled to bring USTA professional tennis to the Treasure Coast.
“This will be a great way for tennis and sports fans throughout the area to enjoy professional tennis right in their own backyard,” said Winston Owen. “The USTA loves this facility and sees our event as a tune-up to the majors.”
He added that he expects some of the top ranked players and some well-known names competing in the 10-day event. The Racquet Club Tesoro Challenger’s field will feature 32 singles players and 16 doubles teams from around the globe.
“This event will bring in high visibility for the area and provide sponsors several different opportunities to showcase their businesses including participation in a vendor boutique area set up for spectators, as well as many sponsorship packages for businesses to gain exposure for their products,” said Winston Owen. “These events typically draw over 5,000 spectators to come out and enjoy top ranked tennis up close.”
Sponsors to date are D.R. Horton, Seacoast Bank, Homewood Suites, Martin County Chamber of Commerce, and Walmart Stores of the Treasure Coast.
ABOUT THE USTA PRO CIRCUIT:
The USTA Pro Circuit is the pathway to the US Open and tour-level competition for aspiring players and is a frequent battleground for established professionals. Last year, more 1,000 men and women from more than 70 countries competed on the USTA Pro Circuit for approximately $3.2 million in prize money and valuable ATP World Tour and Sony Ericsson WTA Tour ranking points. Andy Roddick, Maria Sharapova, Andy Murray, Jelena Jankovic, James Blake, John Isner, Melanie Oudin and Mardy Fish are among today's top stars that have competed on the USTA Pro Circuit. The USTA Pro Circuit is world class tennis administered on the local level and is an opportunity for current and new fans to experience the excitement and intensity of the professional play in their own backyard.
ABOUT THE RACQUET CLUB AT TESORO:
The Racquet Club at Tesoro offers unparalleled tennis facilities for tennis fans to enjoy. Set amongst magnificent grounds, the facility features 11 state-of-the-art Har-Tru tennis courts, one championship grass court, a large infinity edge pool, fully appointed locker rooms and a full service pro-shop. Racquet Club at Tesoro offers complete programming and play options for adults as well as juniors. For more information, call Alexandra Owen, sponsorship/marketing director, at 772-345-2100.