Djokovic, Nadal, Federer! Get ready to move over! Your replacements maybe coming…coming from the first-ever ITF pro tennis tournament to be held at the Club at Boca Pointe, February 26 to March 6, when professional tennis players compete in the Diadem Pro Classic.

The USTA and ITF sanctioned event will feature 128 professional players ranked 280 and lower in the qualifying rounds, says Evan Specht tournament director. “Competition will be in men’s singles and doubles competing for $10,000 total prize money.

“These are the up and coming stars of tomorrow. While the players are not household names today, they are the rising stars that will work their way up the rankings and sometime could be sitting where the big names are today,” he said.

“This is part of the USTA’s commitment to help grow tennis in this country although the players will be competing from all over the world.”

Admission is free throughout the entire tournament. Everyone is welcome!

“We are excited to be hosting our first pro tennis tournament,” said Helen Karpel, general manager of the Club at Boca Pointe.

“This event gives us a great opportunity to show case not only our 16-Har Tru tennis courts, but our new state-of-art Sports and Fitness Complex. We have a new Tennis Director who continues to design new tennis activities for our members.

“We are the only country club in South Florida that features flexible, seasonal memberships where someone can get the amenities of a country club without the typical commitment for most country clubs. We feature a Premier Membership program that enables members to pick the activities they want to participate in and for as few as three months while in South Florida. No other private club offers this lifestyle convenience.”

Included in the tournament schedule on Sunday February 28 is the Magellan Tennis Academy’s Kids Day program whereby youngsters will be introduced to tennis through a fun clinic program followed by a pizza party. The Kids Day program—also part of the USTA initiative to grow the sport—will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. with the pizza party starting at 4 p.m.

The Kids Day program is open to all youngsters ages 4 and up whether they live at Boca Pointe or any place else. There is no cost for the clinic; at least one parent or guardian must be present for program participation.

The Diadem Pro Classic will be Sunday February 21 with a wild card event for entry into the main draw. February 26 and 29 are the four qualifying rounds as the field of 128 entrants is pared down to a final main draw of 32 players and 16 doubles teams.

The prize money and all the notoriety goes on the line with the first round of the main draw on March 1. The finals are being played March 6 at Stadium Court at the new Sports and Fitness Complex at the Club at Boca Pointe.

“This is very exciting for the Club at Boca Pointe to be hosting a pro event,” says Megan Hall, the new Tennis Director for the only private residential club in Florida where membership is open to the public. “We’ve never hosted an event of this caliber.

“It will be pretty exciting for our members to watch the future stars of the sport. In fact, we hope to engage the members into volunteering to help with the tournament!”

Boca Pointe’s Sports & Fitness Complex is conveniently located on Powerline/Jog Road between Hillsboro Blvd. and Palmetto Road. The address is 7134 Boca Pointe Drive, Boca Raton, FL 33433.

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