Daytona to host first pro tennis tourney in January

Cesar Tordesillas – 4E Sports Contributor

Daytona, FL, United States (4E Sports) – The Florida Tennis Center in Daytona will host its first ever professional event on Jan. 19-26, a women’s tournament that will feature $25,000 in prize money.

It will have a total of 64 participants, the youngest of whom could be 14.

A wild card tournament on Dec. 28, 29 and 30 will also serve as a qualifier.

The Daytona tournament will be part of a national circuit of 46 United States Tennis Association competitions.

According to Tom Kelly, manager of the Florida Tennis Center, the best players in the tournament are at a level that will likely lead to them playing in Grand Slam events such as the U.S. Open and Wimbledon.

Kelly has been trying to line up a pro tournament at the 10-year-old Florida Tennis Center for the past three years, but had trouble scheduling dates that didn’t conflict with other events.

The total economic impact of a typical USTA event is $506,500, according to information provided to city officials.

According to Deputy City Manager Paul McKitrick, the partnership with the USTA will allow for a top-notch professional event with very little financial investment by the city.

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