Gambill to play in YC tennis tourney
May 24, 2008 - 11:40PM
Jan-Michael Gambill, who has been ranked as high as 14th in the world, has received a main draw wild card entry into the $50,000 Sunset Moulding-Yuba City Racquet & Health Club Challenger tennis tournament.
The wild card designation allows Gambill direct acceptance into the 32-player main draw. In addition, up to 32 players will compete in the qualifying tournament June 1-2 to win a spot in the main draw.
Gambill's career includes 32 Grand Slam appearances as a singles player and 19 as a doubles player. He has recorded wins over Roger Federer, Carlos Moyà, Mark Philippoussis, Lleyton Hewitt, Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi.
In 2000, Gambill reached the quarterfinals at Wimbledon, where he was beaten by Sampras. Gambill has won three singles titles, and five doubles titles, including one with Andy Roddick. He has earned approximately $3.60 million in is career.
With 94 tournaments throughout the country and prize money ranging from $10,000 to $100,000, the USTA Pro Circuit, of which the Yuba City Challenger is a part of, is the pathway to the U.S. Open and tour-level competition for aspiring tennis players and a frequent battleground for established professionals.
Last year, more than 1,000 men and women from more than 70 countries competed on the USTA Pro Circuit for approximately $3.2 million in prize money as well as valuable ATP and WTA Tour ranking points.
Maria Sharapova, Andy Roddick, James Blake, Justine Henin, Nicole Vaidisova, Andy Murray, David Nalbandian and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga are among today's top stars who began their careers on the USTA Pro Circuit.
The USTA Pro Circuit is world-class tennis administered on the local level and played on local tennis courts as part of the fabric of communities nationwide — an opportunity for current and new fans to experience the excitement and intensity of the professional game in their neighborhood.
Admission to the qualifying tournament June 1-2 is free. The main draw play begins June 3. Admission that day through June 6 is free to the general public, courtesy of title sponsor, Sunset Moulding Company and the Morrison family.
Session passes for main draw play on June 7-8 are $10. All-event passes are available for an additional charge and include admittance to all sessions of play and several dinners and a Sunday finals brunch. For information, call the Yuba City Racquet Club at 673-6900 or visit www.yubacitychallenger.com
And before he does that, he will do a benefit here to help out a nearby club: