Thursday, April 4, 2013

The USTA Pro Circuit- St. Vincent Tour de Paul Tournament begins April 15th at Pleasant Valley Country Club

The longest running event on the USTA Pro Circuit is proudly hosted right here in Little Rock. St. Vincent Auxiliary has sponsored this men's professional tennis tournament since 1984 after Harry Criner brought this tournament to Little Rock with the prodding of former teaching pro Johnny Johnson. The 2013 tournament will run the week of April 15th with the finals on April 21st and will be played at Pleasant Valley Country Club.

Also, as one of the Tour de Paul Professional Tennis Tournament’s many events, St. Vincent is bringing the IMG/Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy to Little Rock April 12 – 15 to conduct junior and Adult tennis clinics.  The money raised by the clinics will go directly to several local charities that St. Vincent supports.

A few highlights from the players admitted in the 2013 main draw:

Alex Bogdanovic (#310) lost in the Little Rock finals two years ago to Arnau Brugues-Davi
Chase Buchanan (#354) played at Ohio State
Austin Krajicek (#420) played at Texas A&M
Reid Carleton (#459) played at Duke (Carleton played LR last year)
Jason Jung (#543) at Michigan
Eric Quigley (#560) played at Kentucky
Kaden Hensel (#554) played at Tennessee (won doubles in LR in 2009)

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