Auburn Hosts USTA Women’s Pro Classic


Twenty years ago, Travis Debardelaben was a nationally ranked tennis player.

“I played on the circuit back in 1997 and played some fairly notable people in the juniors,” he said.

Now a tennis coach and mentor, Debardelaben helps run events like the Auburn Women’s Pro Classic. It’s a week of tennis that features college and nationally ranked players trying to get into the Majors.

“To have that caliber of tennis players here playing in a tournament in Auburn with a $25,000 prize money is just quite an honor,” said Ann Bergman Auburn Parks & Rec PR Specialist.

The week long Classic hosts around 50 players from all over the world.

Thirty to forty percent of them are considered Pros and are looking to build their resumes by winning this kind of event.

“They’re here trying to get the ranking points trying to up their rating in world tennis,” Bergman said.

While this Classic involves a lot of nationally ranked players and players from all over the world, there’s actually some home town spirit as well. Some Auburn University tennis players as well as players going to Auburn are playing all this week.

“It’s great practice for them because when they go on to college they’re going to be playing a lot of this semi-pro and once they go to the higher NCAAs, if they do well in college they can try their stint on these circuits to see if they really want to pursue that in college,” Debardelaben added.

The main draw of the Auburn Women’s Pro Classic will begin Wednesday with the finals for the doubles and singles on Saturday and Sunday.

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