south seas island resort women's pro classic returns to captiva in november

south seas island resort women's pro classic returns to captiva in november

Release Date: July 9th, 2014
Client: Women's Pro Classic

July 9, 2014, CAPTIVA, FLORIDA – Returning to beautiful Captiva, Florida, this November will be the South Seas Island Resort Women’s Pro Classic (http://ssirproclassic.com/) $50,000 USTA Pro Circuit Event getting underway from November 2nd-9th.  After a successful inaugural event in 2013 showcasing the game’s emerging and future tennis stars on the WTA Tour, world class tennis will be in full-swing again this November at the award-winning South Seas Island Resort as the last stop on the 2014 USTA Pro Circuit Women’s Calendar and the finale of the 2015 Australian Open Wild Card Challenge.

A new series being put on this year by the USTA Pro Circuit, the Australian Open Wildcard Challenge is designed to award the best performing player during the last three $50,000 USTA Pro Circuit Events in 2014 with a spot in the singles main draw of the 2015 Australian Open. 

"We are honored to be hosting the 2014 Women's Pro Classic again this year,” said Nick Blackwood, Tournament Director of the Women’s Pro Classic.  “We are excited that it will be home to the finale of the 2015 Australia Open Wild Card Challenge and bring out some of the best emerging WTA Tennis stars and high-level professional tennis.”

With the Women’s Pro Classic Singles Qualifying Draw starting Saturday, November 1st, the Singles Main Draw will begin Tuesday, November 4th following the Doubles Main Draw getting underway Monday, November 3rd. The Main Draw Doubles Final will be held Saturday, November 8th, and the Singles Final will take place on Sunday, November 9th.  Prior to this, the Women’s Pro Classic will hold a Wild Card event in October at the South Seas Island Resort and is open to the first 32 players to sign-up.  The Wild Card tournament will award the winner with a spot in the Women’s Pro Classic Singles Main Draw and the finalist will receive an entry into the Singles Qualifying Draw along with the 3rd place finisher.

This year’s Title Sponsor for the Women’s Pro Classic is the South Seas Island Resort with Doc Ford’s Rum Bar and Grille as the Presenting Sponsor with additional sponsorship opportunities still available.  Along with enhancing the goodwill of the local community, event sponsors will also receive global recognition through the event’s live web streaming and media coverage worldwide.

"South Seas Island Resort is proud to once again accept the role of Title Sponsor for the 2014 Women's Pro Classic,” commented Shawn Farrell, South Seas Island Resort General Manager.  “Hosting and sponsoring this event is a natural fit with our overall mission to provide multi-generational fun activities for families."

The USTA Women’s Pro Circuit consists of over 90 tournaments throughout the country with prize money ranging from $10,000 to $100,000. The USTA Pro Circuit is the pathway to the US Open and tour-level competition for aspiring tennis players and a frequent battleground for established professionals. More than 2,000 men and women from over 70 countries compete annually on the USTA Pro Circuit for almost $3 million in prize money and valuable ATP and WTA Tour ranking points.  The USTA Pro Circuit is known to showcase world class tennis administered at the local level and played on local tennis courts. As part of the fabric of tennis communities nationwide, the USTA Pro Circuit provides an opportunity for current and new tennis fans to experience the excitement and intensity of the professional game up close and personal.

The South Seas Island Resort's tennis facility includes 11 recently resurfaced hard courts (four lighted courts for nighttime play) and is home to the Pavel & Blackwood Tennis Academy that provides premier training opportunities for both junior and professional players as well as programming for adults of all levels. The finest tennis facility on Sanibel and Captiva, the South Seas Island Resort has been recognized by Trip Advisor as one of the industry’s most outstanding resorts.

For more information on the South Seas Island Resort Women’s Pro Classic, or additional details on sponsorship opportunities, visit www.facebook.com/www.ssirproclassic or call 239-472-5111 ext. 4151.
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About Pavel & Blackwood Academy
The Pavel & Blackwood Tennis Academy was founded by top 15 ATP Tour player Andrei Pavel and successful junior development coach Nick Blackwood. The Pavel & Blackwood Tennis Academy provides premier opportunities for both junior and professional players as well as programming for adults of all abilities, including beginners.  With a combination of physical training, mental development and an emphasis on education for junior players, the Academy creates an environment where each hard-working player is a winner.

About South Seas Island Resort
Seemingly set adrift off the Florida Gulf Coast, South Seas Island Resort is an unspoiled haven, encompassing a wildlife preserve and two-and-half miles of shell-strewn beaches, lapped by turquoise tides. Recently recognized by MSNBC as a “Top 10 Best Place in the World to Experience Local Wildlife,” South Seas Island Resort is set on 330 unspoiled acres with a rich variety of wildlife and boundless opportunity for adventure and relaxation. The resort boasts a “Family, Nature, Comfort.” approach to hospitality, which is why generations of families have made the resort village the destination of choice for sharing treasured moments and making lasting memories. The resort offers a variety of accommodations including villas, condominiums, cottages and homes. Guests enjoy world-class shelling along the beach golf on a 9-hole executive course, the H2Whoa! Water Park, an engaging ScoutAbout exploration program for families and a list of family-oriented water sports, activities and interactive educational programs through the Sanibel Sea School.  Ideal for events, this resort features a variety of venues and over 31,000 square feet of flexible function space.  www.southseas.com

About USTA Pro Circuits
With approximately 90 tournaments hosted annually throughout the country and prize money ranging from $10,000 to $100,000, the USTA Pro Circuit is the pathway to the US Open and tour-level competition for aspiring tennis players and a frequent battleground for established professionals. The USTA launched its Pro Circuit 34 years ago to provide players with the opportunity to gain professional ranking points, and it has since grown to become the largest developmental tennis circuit in the world, offering nearly $3 million in prize money. Last year, more than 1,000 men and women from more than 70 countries competed in cities nationwide. Mardy Fish, Maria Sharapova, John Isner, Caroline Wozniacki, Sam Querrey, Li Na and Andy Murray are among today’s top stars who began their careers on the USTA Pro Circuit.