Petr Michnev poses with his prize money check at the UTR Pro Tennis Tour event in the Czech Republic.

UTR Pro Tennis Tour November Recap: UK and Dubai Host Multiple Events

November was a huge month for professional tennis. Novak Djokovic captured the ATP Finals, while his compatriot Hamad Medjedovic won the Next Gen ATP Finals. In women's action, Iga Swiatek sealed her year with the WTA Finals trophy in Cancun. In team results, Canada won the Billie Jean King Cup while Italy took home the Davis Cup to close out the 2023 ATP season.

The month also featured 11 UTR Pro Tennis Tour (PTT) events all over the world.

The UTR Pro Tennis Tour was created by UTR Sports (formerly Universal Tennis) in 2021. Each $25,000 PTT event guarantees aspiring professional players prize money and multiple matches. Since 2023, matches have been aired live on Amazon Prime Video.

UTR Pro Tennis Tour November Recap

USC Junior Wins in Long Beach

At the UTR Pro Tennis Tour event in Long Beach, Calif., Wojtek Marek (UTR Rating 13.25) took home the first-place check. The 22-year-old from Poland is in his junior season at USC. He actually clinched the first-ever UTR College Match Challenge for USC's 4-3 win over Pepperdine at the BNP Paribas Open in March. Marek has been ranked as high as No. 629 on the ATP Tour.

Wojtek Marek of USC hits a backhand on the tennis court.

Progress Tour Holds Two Events in UK

The United Kingdom is one of the newer nations to host UTR PTT events, made possible by a partnership with Barry Fulcher's Progress Tour. In November in Easton, Ewen Lumsden (13.22) won the men's pro tennis event while Aneta Laboutkova (10.43) captured the women's.

Dubai Hosts Multiple UTR Pro Tennis Tour Events

Rackets Academy hosted one men's and two women's $25K PTT events at the Jebel Ali Golf Resort in the Middle East with Gozal Ainitdinova (UTR Rating 10.51), Andrea Obradovic (10.40), and Benedikt Henning (12.89) leaving as champions. A Dubai PTT event is unique in that it offers free hospitality for players to help ease the financial burden of pursuing their pro tennis dreams.

A young woman poses on a blue hard court with her prize money check.

Lodikova Repeats as Champion

In Argentina, Daria Lodikova (11.13) picked up her fifth UTR PTT title by not dropping a set. In fact, she lost just three games in four round-robin matches. The 27-year-old is an aspiring pro player with a WTA Tour ranking of No. 364. All of these tennis players entered the PTT events based on direct acceptance, although players can earn entry through wild cards, qualifying, or, if they're junior players, via the UTR Sports Junior National Pathway. Learn more about the National Pathway here. Don't forget any of these names, as many UTR PTT players go on to compete at the Grand Slam level like Ben Shelton, Taylor Townsend, Learner Tien, and many more.

Two women pose on a red clay court with their UTR Pro Tennis Tour certificates.

About the UTR Pro Tennis Tour (PTT)

The UTR Pro Tennis Tour officially began on January 1, 2021 to support tennis globally with prize money, venue support, technology, logistics, and competitive play opportunities. Universal Tennis, LLC is the owner and organizing body of the UTR Pro Tennis Tour (PTT), with responsibility for its Rules and Regulations, Code of Conduct, Tournament Format, and related streaming and commercial rights. The UTR Pro Tennis Tour was started to create a development tour. With fewer events and substantially reduced prize money, aspiring professional players are increasingly struggling in the pursuit of their dreams. Working with host venues and national Federations, PTT provides additive and complementary opportunities to help emerging players and the broader tennis community.
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