Emilio Sanchez Tennis Academy Celebrates the Success of Two Pro Tournaments
Jan 31, 2024
The Emilio Sanchez Tennis Academy recently hosted two women's pro tennis tournaments at its venue in Naples. The tournaments, part of the ITF Pro Circuit with a prize pool of $25,000, featured top talent from around the world and was made possible through the support of sponsors and partners.
Highlights: January 8th-15th
The inaugural edition witnessed Clervie Ngounoue from the U.S. emerge victorious, showcasing her prowess as a former junior Wimbledon champion in 2023. Allie Kiick, world-ranked #363 with a career high ranking of #126, displayed impressive skill reaching the finals. The doubles competition saw a fierce battle, with Marie Benoit from Belgium and Leonie Kung from Switzerland securing the title against Japan's Mayuka Aikawa and Chieh-Yu Hsu from TPE.
Highlights: January 15th-21st
In the second edition, Robin Montgomery who held a career high world #143 ranking, seeded #1 and a promising talent as the US Open junior champion, reached the semifinals, while Marie Benoit claimed the singles title against her previous week doubles partner Leonie Kung. The tournament showcased the competitiveness of the women's field and the determination of rising stars.
"These ITF Pro tournaments play a crucial role in shaping the careers of young players, providing a platform for them to transition to professionalism," emphasized Emilio Sanchez Vicario, Tournament Director. "The support of sponsors like Germain BMW, Better Balance, Waterdrop, and organizations like USTA Pro Circuit is instrumental in elevating the standards of these tournaments."
Previous Success Stories
The Emilio Sanchez Tennis Academy proudly notes that previous editions have seen winners like Emma Navarro (current #26 in the world) and Peyton Stearns (current #48 in the world), demonstrate the significance of these tournaments in propelling players into the upper echelons of the tennis world.
"These tournaments are a stepping stone for aspiring athletes, offering valuable points and experience as they strive to break into the top 100 globally," added Sanchez Vicario.
The Emilio Sanchez Tennis Academy thanked their sponsors including Germain BMW of Naples, Better Balance, Waterdrop, and partners USTA Pro Circuit, Naples & Marco Island Everglades, and Greenset for their continued support in making these tournaments successful. The academy remains committed to fostering tennis talent and contributing to the growth of the sport.
Source/Photos: Emilio Sanchez Academy, Naples