Matches have been played at the Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre yesterday and continue until 30 June. This is part of the UTR Pro Tennis Series events.
The series moves to Melbourne and Brisbane 29 June – 2 July, Adelaide 5-8 July and Perth 7-10 July.
Christopher O’Connell at no. 116 is the top ranked Australian men’s player competing in Sydney. He was joined by world no. 197 Aleksander Vukic, no. 216 Max Purcell and others.
Women were also competing at the event with world no. 441 Alexandra Bozovic and Lisa Mays notching up wins on Saturday. Also competing in the round robin format are no. 310 Abbie Myers and no. 247 Ellen Perez.
Australia’s pro tennis players are competing for $450,000 prizemoney.
“With so much of the tennis season still uncertain, our aim through the UTR Pro Tennis Series is to give as many of our athletes the chance to compete and, importantly, also earn prize money, after months of not being able to make their living playing the sport they have devoted their lives to,” Tennis Australia CEO Craig Tiley explained.
“Our team has put an enormous amount of time and effort into the planning of these events, and have worked closely with the authorities and tennis staff around the country on the ground to ensure they are run according to strict local biosecurity protocols.”
Players will enter using their Universal Tennis Rating (UTR), giving them an opportunity to compete locally and have their results count globally via the Universal Tennis Rating (UTR) system.
“We are excited to work with Tennis Australia to bring the UTR Pro Tennis Series to the country and provide an innovative way for professionals to compete close to home safely and have their results count on a global scale,” Universal Tennis Chairman and CEO Mark Leschly said.
“Every tennis player – from social and league players to pros – in Australia can use Universal Tennis to measure their competitive ability. Players who have participated in Tennis Australia comps and tournaments already have a UTR, and can view their rating and register for events on MyUTR.com for free.”