Braidy Industries $60,000 Women's Tennis Classic, a USTA Pro Circuit Event

Braidy Industries $60,000 Women's Tennis Classic, a USTA Pro Circuit Event USTA Women's Pro Circuit Event at the Ashland Tennis Center, July 27th - August 2nd 2020, in Ashland, Kentucky www.Ashlandprotennis.com
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07/10/2020

Highlight Video of Ashland Pro Tennis in July 2018-19.

This weeks interview!Jennifer Elie33, from Queens, New York How long have you been playing? 🎾I’ve been playing professio...
01/27/2020

This weeks interview!
Jennifer Elie

33, from Queens, New York

How long have you been playing? 🎾
I’ve been playing professional tennis since I was 17/18.

Favorite place to play?
My favorite place to play is in Australia I love it there, spend a lot of time there.

Favorite memory of your career?
My favorite memory was when I got to play Australian Open. I just squeezed in last min and got through my first round and my mom and sister was there with me.

Tell us something interesting about you!
Something interesting about me that people don’t know is I grew up playing piano.

What inspires/drives you?
What inspires me and drives me to keep playing, I dunno I love tennis and competing. Just always want to improve and get better. Also seeing my close friends do well inspires me to get better.

Good luck on this years season, Jennifer! We look forward to following your career and hope to have you back in Ashland, Kentucky!

Congratulations to teammates Hayley Carter and Luisa Stefani on the upset! Good luck in the second round of the Australi...
01/24/2020

Congratulations to teammates Hayley Carter and Luisa Stefani on the upset! Good luck in the second round of the Australian Open!

Both players have played at the Braidy Industries Women's Tennis Classic!

Congratulations Ann Li @tennischampann on making it into the second round of the Australian Open! Best of luck to you fr...
01/21/2020

Congratulations Ann Li @tennischampann on making it into the second round of the Australian Open! Best of luck to you from us at Braidy Industries Women's Tennis Classic!

Watch her take on Sofia Kenin tonight (Tuesday) at 7pm!

This weeks interview! 🎾Maegan ManasseMaegan was in our singles final in 2018 and semifinals in doubles in 2019!I’m 24 ye...
01/20/2020

This weeks interview! 🎾

Maegan Manasse
Maegan was in our singles final in 2018 and semifinals in doubles in 2019!

I’m 24 years old from Redondo Beach, California

How long have you been playing?
I’ve been playing tennis for 21 years and I’ve been playing on the pro tour for 1.5 years

Where's your favorite place to play?
My favorite place to play was in Washington DC at Citi Open. It’s also my favorite memory because I played in front of 3,000 people and it was a great experience!

Tell us something interesting about you?
A fun fact about me is that I love baking! I love sweets and baking all types of sweets!

What inspires/drives you?
That’s a tough question! I’d probably say my mom. She works so incredibly hard and she’s always drilled into my head to be the best that I can be from such a young age!

Thank you for taking the time to answer a few questions! We look forward to following your career and best of luck to you during this season and we hope to see you back in Ashland soon!

Let's meet Lorraine Guillermo!!I am 26 yrs old from Walnut, California, I have been playing professionally for 4 yrs now...
01/14/2020

Let's meet Lorraine Guillermo!!
I am 26 yrs old from Walnut, California, I have been playing professionally for 4 yrs now.

Favorite place to play?
Ashland is definitely a top contending choice of my favorite places to play but I would have to say that it is Fort Worth, Texas and Norman, Oklahoma.

Tell us something interesting about you!!
Something most people don't know about me is that although I play tennis right handed I am actually left handed in just about everything else I do.

Favorite animal?
I really want to get a dog but playing on tour makes it super difficult. When I was home I almost asked my next door neighbor if I could walk their dog 😂 I just love how dogs really seem like they love life and always look happy to see anybody!!

Favorite food?
I love noodles! My favorite cuisines are Japanese and Thai because a lot of their dishes involve noodles 🍜

Favorite memory of your career?
It's so hard to choose a favorite memory! But I would have to say that my favorite memories are meeting so many different people from different places with different backgrounds and seeing how a sport brings people of all different walks of life together!!

We loved having Lorraine at our tournament and hopefully get to see her again this July! Good luck!

Let's meet Zoe Hives!! I'm 23 from Kingston, Victoria, Australia (near melbourne) How long have you been playing tennis?...
01/07/2020

Let's meet Zoe Hives!!

I'm 23 from Kingston, Victoria, Australia (near melbourne)

How long have you been playing tennis?
I’ve been playing since I was about 4 or 5, and playing on the tour and travelling since 2015 (I think haha)

Where's your favorite place to play?
Australian Open would be my favourite place to play so far. I’ve grown up playing there, and being able to have friends and family watch me play in 2019 was an experience I’ll never forget. The tournament in Ashland was up there though. I loved the people and the community feel there (and it is my best singles result overseas)

Tell us something interesting about you!!
I live on a farm and love spending time with my pet cows! 🐄

What's your favorite memory of your career so far?
Winning my first round match at AO 2019 in front of family and friends.

Thank you Zoe!! We look forward to following your career and hope to see you back in Ashland this year!

Let's meet Sanaz Marand Sanaz and her doubles partner were the Doubles Champions in 2019I am 31yrs oldFrom Houston, txBe...
12/30/2019

Let's meet Sanaz Marand
Sanaz and her doubles partner were the Doubles Champions in 2019

I am 31yrs old
From Houston, tx
Been playing for 8yrs

Favorite place to play? Favorite place to play probably Washington DC.
But Ashland is up there bc of the great volunteers and families that help out :)

Tell us something interesting about yourself!!
My first language was Farsi. Which is spoken in Iran. My parents are from there.

Favorite memory of your career? I am not sure, It’s hard to choose. Maybe playing on stadium court in the Wta Washington DC tournament. Beating a much higher ranked player than me and the fans really supporting me and cheering me on! It was really cool. Another favorite moment was (played at Unc) clinching the match against Duke at ncaa’s in 2010 to play in the final four for the first time for UNC tennis.

Sanaz has announced her retirement "It has been hard to find the words to express my thoughts but I have made the decision to stop playing tennis. I am super excited for what the next chapter of my life will hold. It is both scary and exciting.
I just want to thank the people that have made my journey so incredible"
We know she will be deeply missed in Ashland!! Good luck on the next chapter!!

🎾🎄Happy Holidays 🎄🎾
12/25/2019

🎾🎄Happy Holidays 🎄🎾

Let's meet Kennedy Shaffer!! Hello! I’m 22 and I’m from Rossford, OH.I’ve been playing tennis in general for 14 years an...
12/23/2019

Let's meet Kennedy Shaffer!!
Hello!
I’m 22 and I’m from Rossford, OH.
I’ve been playing tennis in general for 14 years and professionally on and off for about 7 years (college tennis made it hard to play pro consistently). 2019 was my first year on tour as a full time professional without collegiate obligations.

Favorite place to play 🎾?
I’d say my favorite place to play would be Saguenay, Canada. I love the city and all aspects of the event itself.

Tell us something interesting about you!!
As far as anything interesting about myself I really wish I could think of something but I genuinely don’t have any hidden talents...I don’t do much else besides practice, work, and read books/watch Netflix lol.

Favorite memory of your career?
I’d say my favorite memory of my career so far would be winning my very first title at the Evansville ITF in 2016. The title this past weekend in Norman was a close second but there’s just something about the first one that means so much 😊

What drives/inspires you?
I love to play and I love to compete. I have this ability to play a sport at a high level and that’s an absolute blessing so I’m just enjoying the journey and every struggle that comes with it. One day I won’t be able to do this anymore and I know I’m going to miss it when it’s gone so I want to soak up every moment — whether it’s good or bad — while I still can!

Congratulations Kennedy on your accomplishments! We look forward to following your career!

Let's meet Shatoo Mohamad, She's 18 years old from San Diego, California!!How long have you played tennis? 🎾I started pl...
12/16/2019

Let's meet Shatoo Mohamad, She's 18 years old from San Diego, California!!

How long have you played tennis? 🎾
I started playing when I was 7.5. My first pro tourney was November 2018, but I consider June 2019 my official start since I graduated high-school then.

Where's your favorite place to play?
My fav tournaments actually were Ashland & Lexington because of how nice everyone was. I'm a bit shy but the people in both tournaments made me feel comfortable. Especially Ashland. I’ve been to arguably nicer places but I liked the Kentucky tournaments a lot.

Tell us something interesting about you?
I literally don’t have anything interesting about me lollll

What's your favorite memory of you career so far?
Fav memory was getting my WTA ranking for the first time... this year (which happened in kentucky!!!)

Congratulations Shatoo, we look forward to following your career and hope to see you back in Ashland, Kentucky soon!!!

Each week, we are going to post a highlight/interview of past Braidy Industries Women's Tennis Classic players and coach...
12/12/2019

Each week, we are going to post a highlight/interview of past Braidy Industries Women's Tennis Classic players and coaches.

Let's get to know!
Catharine Harrison @catharris0n

Age? I’m 25.

Where are you from? I’m from Germantown, TN just outside of Memphis 😊.

How long have you been playing tennis?
I’ve been playing since I was 6, and my first full year playing pro was 2018.

Favorite place to play?
As fun as Ashland is 😊 my favorite place I’ve gotten to go so far was Singapore! Such a cool country.

Tell us something interesting about yourself that most people wouldn't know!
Hmm something interesting... I was part of the 2014 NCAA championship team (played for UCLA).

Favorite memory of your career so far?
Favorite memory of my career so far is when I won my first singles title this past summer in Fort Worth! (The week after Ashland 😊). I was injured all of 2017 and was unsure if I would ever be good again, and it was always a dream of mine to win a professional singles title so that meant a ton 😊

We've enjoyed having Catharine at our tournament the past two years! Best of lucky to you in the upcoming season! 🎾🎾

A USTA Pro Circuit Event at Ashland Tennis Center in Ashland, KY July 27-August 1, 2020
12/12/2019

A USTA Pro Circuit Event at Ashland Tennis Center in Ashland, KY July 27-August 1, 2020

A USTA Pro Circuit Event at Ashland Tennis Center in Ashland, KY July 27-August 1, 2020

Time to get excited!!Get your calendars 🗓 out and ready!The Braidy Industries Women's Tennis Classic will return July 20...
12/05/2019

Time to get excited!!
Get your calendars 🗓 out and ready!

The Braidy Industries Women's Tennis Classic will return July 2020 with Braidy Industries as our title sponsor for the third year!

Julie Ditty Qualls free kids tennis lessons, June 8th Monday, Wednesday, Fridays for 4 weeks until July 3rd!!!

July 17th-18th Pre-qualifier tournament
July 25th FREE Kids recreation day
July 26th Opening ceremonies
July 27th-28th Qualifier
July 29th - August 2nd main draw
The Julie Ditty Qualls Junior Tournament July 31st

Stay tuned for more information!

We are down to two women from Australia in our finals today!! Come down at 1 O'clock and show your support!
07/28/2019

We are down to two women from Australia in our finals today!! Come down at 1 O'clock and show your support!

07/27/2019

Who's going to win?

Saturday Saturday Saturday!July 27thStarting at 11amCome out to the Braidy Industries Women's Tennis Classic and see the...
07/26/2019

Saturday Saturday Saturday!
July 27th
Starting at 11am
Come out to the Braidy Industries Women's Tennis Classic and see the semifinals of singles and finals of doubles!

Sunday Sunday Sunday
July 28th
Starting at 1
Closing ceremonies
Finals of singles

Bring your family, 18 years old and under are free!

Wonderful opening ceremonies for the Braidy Industries Women's Tennis Classic!
07/21/2019

Wonderful opening ceremonies for the Braidy Industries Women's Tennis Classic!

It was a battle in the hot sun between Peyton Stearns and Vladica Babic for the Wild Card into the main draw of the Brai...
07/14/2019

It was a battle in the hot sun between Peyton Stearns and Vladica Babic for the Wild Card into the main draw of the Braidy Industries 60k Women's Tennis Classic July 21st-28th. Peyton won 10-8 in the tiebreaker. Vladica Babic will return for qualies next Monday! .

Madison Riley with Wright State University in Ohio preparing for the pre-qualifier match Saturday July 13th at 9am. Qual...
07/12/2019

Madison Riley with Wright State University in Ohio preparing for the pre-qualifier match Saturday July 13th at 9am. Qualifier match will be Monday July 22nd.
Come out and show your support! 🎾🎾

Wimbledon quarter-finalist played in Ashland tournament in 2005
07/09/2019
Wimbledon quarter-finalist played in Ashland tournament in 2005

Wimbledon quarter-finalist played in Ashland tournament in 2005

Alison Riske ASHLAND, Ky. — While the Braidy Industries $60,000 Women’s Tennis Classic is preparing for its second annual tournament in Ashland later this month, one of the event's former participants pulled off an upset that shocked the tennis world on Monday. Alison Riske, a 29-year-old

We at the Braidy Industries Women's Tennis Classic love seeing the future of tennis grow, Julie Ditty Qualls is doing ju...
06/13/2019

We at the Braidy Industries Women's Tennis Classic love seeing the future of tennis grow, Julie Ditty Qualls is doing just that!! She is hosting FREE tennis clinics Monday, Wednesday and Friday June 10th - July 5th for 6-18 year olds, 150+ have signed up for this opportunity.
Along with Julie, 15 local college and high school tennis players are helping her run this clinic. "It's great to be able to give back to the community and to give the kids a chance to learn how to play a new sport and to have fun while learning!" said Julie! #ashlandprotennis

06/06/2019

Tomorrow (June 7th) is the last day to sign up for the free lessons!!!!

06/04/2019
We at the Braidy Industries Women's Tennis Classic want to congratulate the High School regional finalists and semifinal...
05/17/2019

We at the Braidy Industries Women's Tennis Classic want to congratulate the High School regional finalists and semifinalist, we loved watching their matches and seeing all the talent in our area! We've heard that a lot of these talented players have committed to different colleges! Congratulations to all!

🎾🎾 Will you be there? 🎾🎾Come out and watch 56 women from 26 countries, play professional tennis right here, in Ashland, ...
04/22/2019

🎾🎾 Will you be there? 🎾🎾

Come out and watch 56 women from 26 countries, play professional tennis right here, in Ashland, Kentucky.

04/20/2019
Braidy Industries $60,000 Women's Tennis Classic, a USTA Pro Circuit Event
03/09/2019

Braidy Industries $60,000 Women's Tennis Classic, a USTA Pro Circuit Event

Maegan lost in the finals to Gail Brodsky but it was a great match! The night before the finals Gail went out and picked...
03/09/2019

Maegan lost in the finals to Gail Brodsky but it was a great match! The night before the finals Gail went out and picked up Maegan so they could have dinner together. The next day they battled it out like the world depended on the outcome. The level of sportsmanship in our tournament is incredible!

Ready to hop into the weekend like Maegan Manasse!

Photo from the finals of the Braidy Industries Tennis Classic!

Ready to hop into the weekend like Maegan Manasse!Photo from the finals of the Braidy Industries Tennis Classic!
03/08/2019

Ready to hop into the weekend like Maegan Manasse!

Photo from the finals of the Braidy Industries Tennis Classic!

02/24/2019
United States Tennis Association - USTA (Official)

Whitney Osuigwe, who played at the Braidy Industries $60,000 Women's Tennis Classic, a USTA Pro Circuit Event last year talking about what inspires her!

#BlackHistoryMonth Rising ⭐️: How does Whitney Osuigwe inspire the #NetGeneration? “I want them to see how I fight for every point, don’t give up, no matter what the score is.”

Learn more on #NationalCampus: http://ms.spr.ly/6183TDm3J #USTAEmbraceAll

Preparations are underway for our tournament, which  is returning to Ashland July 21-28, 2019.  Last weekend, our commit...
01/29/2019

Preparations are underway for our tournament, which is returning to Ashland July 21-28, 2019. Last weekend, our committee accepted the award for the Kentucky Tennis Association’s ”Tournament of the Year for 2018”. The committee meeting for Wednesday, January 30, 2019, is cancelled because of the weather. If you are interested in serving on a committee, contact Jack Ditty for details at [email protected].
We will be looking for volunteers and sponsors, and we are pleased to report that our two main sponsors- Braidy Industries and Bon Secours Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital have committed to sponsoring the tournament once again. We will be updating our website, www.ashlandprotennis.com as we nail down additional details! Looking forward to another great tournament!

Pre-Qualifier Tournament, Jim Fannin Coaching Net Generation Kid's Day
08/10/2018

Pre-Qualifier Tournament, Jim Fannin Coaching Net Generation Kid's Day

Pre-Qualifier Tournament, Jim Fannin Coaching Net Generation Kid's Day

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Braidy Industries $60,000 Women’s Tennis Classic, presented by Bon Secours Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital

The Ashland Tennis Center in Ashland, KY, will host a women’s USTA Pro Circuit event July 20-28, 2019.

The women’s USTA Pro Circuit gives young players the opportunity to earn their first ranking points, to premium-level tournaments, with competition close to that of the WTA.

The Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital Tennis Classic was held at the Ashland Tennis Center from 2004 to 2008, with newly renovated courts allowing professional tennis to return to Ashland again this summer. With the establishment of Braidy Industries in Ashland, Ky a new tournament was created in 2018: Braidy Industries $60,000 Women’s Pro Tennis Classic a USTA Pro Circuit Event presented by Bon Secour Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital. This was a great success with 56 international professional women players from 26 foreign countries and the United States. Gail Brodsky won the singles championship. Fourteen players from this tournament in Ashland played in the US Open less than one month later including three who played in main draw.

The Greater Ashland Tennis Association (GATA) is a 501(c)3 Charitable organization that is dedicated to improving tennis at the Ashland Tennis Center. All of the money received for this tournament after paying all of the tournament expenses will be used to improve, upgrade and maintain the Ashland Tennis Center. So far, four courts have been repaved by Tennis Technology in order to play this USTA Pro Circuit Tournament at a cost of $21,500 which will be paid by the Tournament. Our Goal is to make the Ashland Tennis Center one of the finest Public Tennis Centers in the United States. Your ticket, sponsorship, donation or other contribution will be used for these efforts. Thank you for your interest and contribution. To be a sponsor, visit our tournament website at www.ashlandprotennis.com .

All of the Main Draw tournament matches will be available on Live Scoring.

US Open Wild Card Event. Our tournament will feature a Main Draw Wild Card in the US Open to the American WTA professional player who achieves the most points after playing in Stockton, CA, Ashland, KY and then Lexington, Ky Pro Circuit Tournaments in 2019.

The Feature Match of the Day on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday including the Quarter finals, Semi-Finals and Finals will be televised on Live Streaming TV on www.ashlandprotennis.com all over the world.

Ken Thomas will be broadcasting our tournament in Ashland from the Ashland Tennis Center Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday on Radio.Tennis.com all over the world.

In addition to the qualifying and main draws, several public events are scheduled, including:


  • Prequalifying Wild Card Tournament

  • FitFest with vendors from our area exhibiting their events and products

  • Jim Fannin Coaching Youth Recreation Day presented by the Ashland YMCA

  • Opening Ceremony with ROTC

  • Qualifying Tournament

  • Junior Pro-Am

  • Adult Pro-Am

  • Main Draw Tournament

  • Players’ Party and Sponsors’ Party

  • Tiebreaker Prize Money Tournament

  • Quaterfinals of Main Draw

  • Semi-Finals of Main Draw

  • Closing Ceremony with ROTC

  • Singles Finals of Main Draw

  • Awards Ceremony
  • To join our Tournament Committee or volunteer visit our website at www.Ashlandprotennis.com

    If you want to become a sponsor of one of the many events during the tournament please our website www.Ashlandprotennis.com or tournament chairman Jack Ditty MD e-mail [email protected] or office 606 836-3111 M-Thur.

    We need Ball Boys and Ball Girls for all Main Draw Matches from Tuesday through Sunday. Sign up on the Website at www.Ashlandprotennis.com

    If you want to offer players or officials housing in your home contact our housing committee on our tournament website www.Ashlandprotennis.com for information.

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