August 10, 2021 (Palo Alto, CA) - Universal Tennis and Texas A&M announce the UTR Pro Tennis Tour (PTT) will be held on campus for the week beginning September 19th with dual gender 32 draw format events.
With over forty US events already completed this year to date, Texas A&M will become the first NCAA location to host the PTT and the tour’s third location in Texas.
“We are extremely honored to be hosting the first UTR Pro Tennis Tour Tournament on a college campus this September here in Aggieland. What a great opportunity for our student-athletes to compete on our home courts and for our loyal fans to see such a high level of tennis right in our own backyard," said Texas A&M Head Men’s Tennis Coach Steve Denton.
The PTT continues to deliver value to players with a UTR Ranking of 200-2000 by providing a way to boost their earnings and improve their game with an innovative format guaranteeing prize money and at least 4-5 matches. The effectiveness of this new pathway was demonstrated recently at Wimbledon with more than a dozen PTT players competing in qualifying, main draw, and junior events at The Championships.
“The type of format that is being used in these events are second to none and so beneficial for these players in the development of their games. Our facility here in Aggieland is a great setup to host this tournament and we are very much looking forward to it all,” said Texas A&M Head Women's Tennis Coach Mark Weaver.
“It is exciting to bring the UTR Pro Tennis Tour to Texas A&M,” said Mark Leschly, Universal Tennis Chairman and CEO. “It’s a pleasure working with the team and the Mitchell Tennis Center is perfectly suited to our requirements. Our long-term relationships with collegiate tennis programs across the country make pop-up events on NCAA campuses a natural extension for PTT. ”
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 in the pursuit of 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. Go to UniversalTennis.com to sign up, activate your player profile and join the global tennis community. Watch our video and connect on social @UniversalTennis to learn more.
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