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Oct. 4, 2013

The USTA Pro Circuit returns to Houston for the first time in 11 years when play in the Turkish Airlines $15,000 Futures of Houston begins at Rice University's Jake Hess Tennis Stadium on Saturday, October 5.

Singles competition gets underway on Saturday at 9 a.m. with a field of 64 players competing in the qualifying round. The main draw in both singles and doubles gets underway on Tuesday, October 8. Doubles competition will run through Friday, October 11, while singles play will conclude on Sunday, October 13.

Live scoring for all matches will be available via the ITF Pro Circuit official website: www.itftennis.com/procircuit. The live web scoreboard, offers point-by-point scores and match statistics, will be powered by Sportradar AG, who signed a four-year agreement with the ITF in 2012 as the worldwide distributor for ITF Official Data.

The Turkish Airlines $15,000 Futures of Houston will also host several special events during the week of competition. A pro-am event will be held on Sunday, October 6. Local junior teams will be hosted in a special Junior Tennis Team Night on Tuesday, October 8 and Thursday, October 10 will be Kids Night. Each special event will run from 5-7 p.m.

Houston last played host to a USTA Pro Circuit men's event in 2002 and hosted events as well in 2001, 1999, 1984 and 1982. Houston is the first of two consecutive hard-court $15,000 USTA Pro Circuit Futures events held in Texas this month, preceding Mansfield.

Rice sophomores Tommy Bennett and Adam Gustafsson will both compete in the main draw, which begins play on Tuesday while teammates Srikar Alla, Max Andrews, Leif Berger, Gustavo Gonzalez, David Warren and Zack Yablon, along with former Owl Jonathan Chang will open play in the qualifying round on Saturday.

 

 

Notable players scheduled to complete in the main draw include: Eric Quigley, the 2012 NCAA singles runner-up for the University of Kentucky. Quigley is one of the most decorated tennis players in UK history, earning five All-America honors between singles and doubles. In 2008, he became the first Kentucky player in 34 years to win four straight high school state singles titles. He captured his first pro title this summer at the $10,000 Futures in Decatur, Ill.

Jeff Dadamo, who earned a wild card into the 2013 US Open Qualifying Tournament by winning the US Open National Playoffs men's title (out of 649 men who competed). Dadamo has also won two USTA Pro Circuit doubles titles during his career. He graduated from Texas A&M in 2011, where he won the NCAA men's doubles title with Austin Krajicek and is no stranger to the courts at Jake Hess, having played there with the Aggies against Rice in a dual match in 2011.

Former University of Michigan standout Jason Jung, who won his first professional singles title at the USTA Pro Circuit Futures event in Godfrey, Ill., last summer and won his second title this summer at the $10,000 Futures in Edwardsville, Ill. This September, he reached the singles final at an ITF Circuit event in Canada and won a doubles title at another event in Canada. Jung spent most of the spring competing overseas in ITF Circuit events in Korea and China, where he won one doubles title and reached one singles final, along with two singles semifinals.

Evan King, a 2013 University of Michigan graduate who was a three-time All-American (2011-13). He was also the Big Ten Athlete of the Year in 2012 and 2013. King owns the program record for most combined career singles and doubles wins (196 wins) and ranks third all-time on Michigan's singles wins list with 117 wins. On the USTA Pro Circuit, King captured the doubles title at the $10,000 Futures in Godfrey, Ill., this year and won two additional doubles titles at ITF Circuit events in Canada this September.

Tyler Hochwalt, who has reached the semifinals of two ITF Pro Circuit events so far in 2013, as well as the quarterfinals in four other events. Hochwalt previously played college tennis for the University of Florida.

Dennis Nevolo, who reached the semifinals at an ITF Pro Circuit event in Calgary last July and the quarterfinals of three USTA Pro Circuit Futures in 2013. Nevolo has also excelled in doubles, winning three Futures titles on the USTA Pro Circuit so far this year. Nevolo graduated in 2012 from the University of Illinois, where he was ranked as high as No. 2 in the NCAA men's singles rankings.

Jean-Yves Aubone, who has won four USTA Pro Circuit Futures doubles titles this year and won two singles titles in 2008. Aubone played for Florida State University, where he was the first player in the school's history to earn All-American singles honors twice. As a junior player, he represented the United States in the 16-and-under Junior Davis Cup competition and also reached the singles semifinals of the 2004 USTA Boys' 18 National Clay Court Championships.

Sekou Bangoura, who was named a doubles All-American during his sophomore year at the University of Florida, after reaching the doubles semifinals of the 2011 NCAA tournament. This September, he won two ITF Circuit doubles titles in Canada, taking his career total to four doubles titles.

Dennis Nevolo, who reached the semifinals at an ITF Pro Circuit event in Calgary last July and the quarterfinals of three USTA Pro Circuit Futures in 2013. Nevolo has also excelled in doubles, winning three Futures titles on the USTA Pro Circuit so far this year. Nevolo graduated in 2012 from the University of Illinois, where he was ranked as high as No. 2 in the NCAA men's singles rankings.

Jean-Yves Aubone, who has won four USTA Pro Circuit Futures doubles titles this year and won two singles titles in 2008. Aubone played for Florida State University, where he was the first player in the school's history to earn All-American singles honors twice. As a junior player, he represented the United States in the 16-and-under Junior Davis Cup competition and also reached the singles semifinals of the 2004 USTA Boys' 18 National Clay Court Championships.

Sekou Bangoura, who was named a doubles All-American during his sophomore year at the University of Florida, after reaching the doubles semifinals of the 2011 NCAA tournament. This September, he won two ITF Circuit doubles titles in Canada, taking his career total to four doubles titles.

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.

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