See the Future of Men's Pro Tennis 

Old Capitol Pro Tennis Futures to take place in Iowa City 

Iowa City, IA. – The United States Tennis Association (USTA) will bring their Pro Circuit, a collection of minor league tennis tournaments, to the Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Complex (HTRC) on Saturday, July 14, 2018. Titled the Old Capitol Futures, this men's tournament will be the first professional tennis event held in the state of Iowa since 1986.  

The field will feature approximately 90 professional players competing in both singles and doubles events for $25,000 in total prize money. Players ranked as high as No. 300 in the world typically compete in Futures-level events. Several current and former University of Iowa Hawkeye Tennis players are expected to compete.  

Qualifying matches begin on Saturday, July 14, 2018 at 10:00am, featuring 64 singles competitors vying for one of eight places in the main draw. Main draw play begins at 10:00am on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 as 32 singles competitors and 16 doubles teams begin their quest to be the first Old Capitol Futures Champions. 

The Iowa City tournament will start a USTA Pro Circuit summer swing where players travel to similar Futures tournaments in Champaign-Urbana, IL, Decatur, IL, and Edwardsville, IL. Players participating in this stretch of tournaments hope to improve their world ranking and move up to the next level of professional tournaments: Challengers. From the Challenger Circuit, players move to the ATP Tour and have the eventual goal of competing in tennis' major tournaments such as Wimbledon and the US Open.  

Futures-level tournaments are a proving ground for up and coming players. A notable player who began his professional career at the Futures level is Jack Sock. Currently the No. 14 player in the world and a native from Lincoln, Nebraska, Sock used his first win at a Futures tournament in 2009 to jumpstart his career. Players like Sock look to elevate their game at Futures tournaments to propel them to the next level of professional tennis.  

When asked about his motives for funding Hawkeye Tennis events, Kirk Mellecker said, “In our quest to transform the University of Iowa into an elite tennis destination we felt that bringing an USTA futures event to Iowa City was critical to our overall goal of moving the Hawkeyes to top 25 status. I want to thank the USTA, Ross Wilson our men’s head coach along with Alex Voss our tournament director for their hard work and foresight in bringing all this together”.

The University of Iowa's Sport and Recreation Program boasts a team of seven students who are developing and executing tournament operations. The tournament is exposing these students to experiential learning opportunities and exposing professional tennis to Iowa City and the surrounding area. Iowa City and the University of Iowa are excited to bring a tournament of this magnitude to the city and to showcase the epicenter of Hawkeye Pride.  

Admission is free of charge. Tournament updates and additional information can be found at the tournament website: www.oldcapitolfutures.com.  

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ABOUT THE USTA PRO CIRCUIT: With more than 90 tournaments hosted annually throughout the country and prize money ranging from $15,000 to $125,000, 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 39 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 more than $3 million in prize money. Last year, more than 1,000 men and women from more than 70 countries competed in cities nationwide. Andy Murray, Maria Sharapova, John Isner, Sloane Stephens, Kei Nishikori, Victoria Azarenka, and Sam Querrey and are among today’s top stars who began their careers on the USTA Pro Circuit. Follow the USTA Pro Circuit at #USTAProCircuit and www.procircuit.usta.com.  

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