August 25, 2022 (Palo Alto, CA) - Today, Universal Tennis announced the addition of 43 events to the 2022 UTR Pro Tennis Tour calendar, bringing the annual total to more than 180 events through December in the Americas, Europe, and Asia/Pacific.
The UTR Pro Tennis Tour (PTT) launched in January 2021 with a three-year investment of more than $20 million to provide players ranked 200-2000 with valuable guaranteed matches and prize money. Every UTR PTT event has a minimum $25K financial commitment.
The PTT continues to deliver value to aspiring pro players providing a way to boost their earnings and improve their game. Pros can get a sense of their level by competing in PTT events and developing their games to move up to the ATP/WTA and Grand Slam level.
Several PTT players are competing at the Grand Slam level already, including Liv Hovde, Michael Zheng, Alec Michelsen, Sebastian Gorzny, Ben Shelton, and Learner Tien. At Wimbledon, Hovde won the junior girls’ title, Zheng reached the boys’ final, and Gorzny and Michelsen won the boys’ doubles crown. Hovde made her pro US Open qualifying debut while Shelton and Tien will appear in the main draw next week.
Eleven-time PTT champion Marcela Zacarias made her Wimbledon qualifying debut, returning to the Grand Slam level for the first time since 2016.
“When I found out about the PTT, I was like I need to play these tournaments to help my career and to start traveling more,” Zacarias said. “A lot of ITF and WTA players are competing on PTT, so the level is really high. It’s really good to play these tournaments because you get a lot of matches and it’s good for your confidence.”
For more information on the UTR Pro Tennis Tour and calendar, click here.
About the 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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