For the second-straight year, North County will take center stage in professional tennis as the United States Tennis Association (USTA) makes another stop in Templeton.
Templeton Tennis Ranch is set to host the second annual Central Coast Pro Tennis Open, which runs September 23 through September 30, 2018.
The week long tournament features over 80 women from all around the world competing for a $60,000 prize pool. The 16-team doubles tournament starts on Wednesday, while the singles wild card qualifying begins on Sunday. Four wild card spots will enter the 32-player Main Draw which also begins on Wednesday morning.
Templeton Tennis Ranch director, Scott Cleere, says last year’s inaugural event was a huge success and he’s looking forward to another great turnout this time around.
"We learned a lot, you know, first year and first pancake, you never know how it’s going to turn out," Cleere said. "We landed on our feed and had a lot of good feedback. The USTA officials get the feedback from the players and they were also very positive about how the event ran. We’re excited about trying to get it another notch better, and with the support of our community, we’re hoping we can do that."
A pair of Arroyo Grande Eagles will also be in the field, Sophie Whittle and Delanie Dunkle. Whittle, a senior at Gonzaga University, earned a spot in the Main Draw last year and defeated the 3rd ranked player in the first round. She was knocked out of the tournament in the second round by Laura Robson.