(Palo Alto, CA) - Universal Tennis announces the expansion of the Europe segment of the 2021 UTR Pro Tennis Tour (PTT) into Croatia.
The PTT continues to spread across the globe with a three-year, $20M global commitment from Universal Tennis to create 450 tournaments. Each tournament provides at least $25,000 USD of financial commitment and generates more opportunities for thousands of aspiring professional players with a UTR ranking of 200-2000.
The two main priorities for the PTT are providing prize money and playing opportunities. The PTT has grown steadily since its official launch earlier this year and will have provided more than $2M USD and over 90 tournaments year to date in 2021, more than a third of which have been held in Europe.
“We are happy to see ongoing growth of the UTR Pro Tennis Tour in Europe,” said Mark Leschly, Universal Tennis Chairman and CEO. “As we begin to surpass milestones in terms of providing prize money to players and playing opportunities in 2021, it is exciting to continue to build collaborations with federations around the world.”
The first of seven PTT events began with a men’s event on June 27th in Zadar at the ŠPORTSKI CENTAR VIŠNJIK (Sport Center Visnjik). The next men's events will be held on November 15th and 22nd.
The first women’s event will also be held in Zadar beginning August 2nd followed by a second event August 9th. The first combined event will begin on September 27.
“First of all, it’s a great event,” said Lovro Ronchevic, President of Tennis Club Zadar and PTT Croatia Tournament Director. “It gives both Croatian and international players a chance to compete in many matches during a period of just a week, all at a high level. We’re thrilled to see that the local tennis community highly supports the events where all the players compete in groups so they can connect with other players.”
For more information on the UTR Pro Tennis Tour, calendar, prize money, event format, and to register for events, click here.
About UTR Pro Tennis Tour (PTT)
The UTR Pro Tennis Tour officially began on January 1, 2021, with a three-year commitment of over $20M to support tennis globally with prize money, venue support, technology, logistics, and competitive play opportunities. Universal Tennis is the owner and organizing body of the UTR Pro Tennis Tour (PTT), with responsibility for its Rules and Regulations, Code of Conduct, Tournament Format and related streaming and commercial rights. The UTR Pro Tennis Tour was started to create a development tour. With fewer events and substantially reduced prize money, aspiring professional players were increasingly struggling with their dreams. Working with host venues and national Federations, Universal Tennis provides additive and complementary opportunities to help emerging players and the broader tennis community.
About Universal Tennis
The mission of Universal Tennis is to connect and grow the sport with innovative events and a global digital marketplace centered around level-based play. The Universal Tennis Engagement Platform is anchored by the UTR Rating, the world’s most accurate singles and doubles tennis rating system. Universal Tennis provides the tools and solutions to make the UTR Rating relevant and valuable to players, coaches and organizers in their local tennis communities. Universal Tennis is creating opportunities and pathways for players from all over the world, in all stages of life, to find better matches and unlock a more fun and flexible tennis experience.