Anyone interested in tennis should find a way to make it out to the fifth annual Gold River Women’s Challenger Tournament. The Gold River Women’s Challenger started on Sunday, July 17 and runs until the finals on Sunday, July 24.
This tournament is part of the U.S. Open Wild Card Series. Players competing on the U.S. Tennis Association (USTA) Pro Circuit have a chance to earn a main-draw wild card into the U.S. Open. The American man and woman who earn the most ATP World Tour and WTA ranking points at two of three USTA Pro Circuit hard-court events this summer will earn main-draw wild cards.
Tickets are free until Wednesday, July 20th. On July 21st and 22nd tickets for the morning matches are also free. Tickets cost as little as $10 for the remainder of the events.
The Sacramento Regional Tennis Foundation (SRTF) is the benefactor of this tournament. The mission of SRTF is to foster and advance the sport of tennis among youth in the Sacramento region.
All matches are played at Gold River Racquet Club. It is a great location to host the tournament with 25 courts and the venue is primed to watch spectacular tennis in close proximity to the players.
Seating has been placed in locations to give guests the best views and tents have put up to provide tournament goers with much needed shade. In addition, the club has a café that sells food and drink (including alcohol) so people can easily make a day out of the event.
I attended one of the qualifying matches on Sunday, July 17 where local phenom, Jill Taggart played Alexandra Sanford. Jill is from Fair Oaks and a sophomore in high school. Alexandra is from Westerville, Ohio and just graduated from high school.
The match was played on center court at Gold River. The quality of tennis was amazing and it was a great opportunity to watch tennis up close and personal. While the match was tight, Alexandra ultimately won the match 6-3, 6-4.
GUEST BLOGGER Kirstin Kolpitcke works as a lobbyist, is an avid tennis player, enjoys baking, and has two spastic pugs.