TEMPLETON — The Templeton Tennis Ranch will be host the first ever professional tennis tournament on the Central Coast next week starting on Sunday and running through the following Sunday. The tournament is called the Central Coast Pro Tennis Open and will feature some of the top women’s athletes ranked in the entire world as they compete for $60,000 and points to increase their world ranking.
More than 80 up-and-coming players will be competing in the tournament who are ranked from approximately No. 100 to No. 300. A total of 74 matches will be played over the eight-day period, and the Qualifying and Main Draw Rounds are free to spectators with the Semi-Final and Final Rounds costing $10 each or $25 for a three-day pass. Donations will also be accepted in support of local high school tennis programs.
The tournament will feature more than 30 United States Tennis Association (USTA) trained line judges and umpires, and will also have live scoring that can be followed online.
Alison Van Uytvanck of Belgium will be the highest ranked woman in the tournament. She is currently ranked 68th in the world (via ITF Tennis.com) and has been ranked as high as 41 in 2015. The highest ranked American playing in the tournament will be Sofia Kenin who is currently ranked 111th. She just recently lost to Maria Sharapova in the round of 32 at the U.S. Open.
“Most of these cities name their events after their city — its Dallas or whatever — and we chose Central Coast,” Templeton Tennis Ranch owner Ralph Goehring said. “Our whole goal of hosting this tournament is to encourage people to be more aware of tennis, play tennis and try to get more people excited about the sport of tennis in the Central Coast.”