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.
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.
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.