It’s Memorial Day weekend, which means the unofficial start to the summer season. With the warmer weather, more outdoor activities are beginning to take place — especially if Mother Nature could possibly keep the rain under control. One of the more popular leisure labors for locals is tennis.
ResortQuest will once again be bringing in the professionals this year as it hosts the 8th Annual Pro Women’s Open at Sea Colony. The USTA Pro Circuit Event features a $25,000 prize and will be held June 3-10, on the clay courts at the Sea Colony Tennis Center. The facility is located just south of Bethany Beach, at the crossroads of West Way Drive and Kent Avenue.
The pro women’s tennis tourney is expected to draw a global field of competitors to the clay courts. Admission is free, and the public is being invited to attend.
The tournament is sponsored by ResortQuest by Wyndham Vacation Rentals, as well as the United States Tennis Association (USTA), UBS Financial and the Sea Colony community. The weeklong event will feature singles and doubles draws for nationally- and internationally-ranked women’s tennis players in search of ranking points, and — of course — a share of the prize money.
Last year, St. Petersburg, Fla.’s Danielle Collins won the event. At the time, she was the 194th-ranked player in the world. However, since that time, she has vaulted up the ranks to No. 44, after taking down then-No. 8 Venus Williams in the Miami Open back in March in a nationally-televised match on ESPN.
Collins was a two-time NCAA national champion during her collegiate days. During last year’s tournament run, she dominated the field, losing just 19 games in her five matches. She participated in the French Open this week.
The qualifying matches for this year’s tournament will begin on Sunday, June 3. The main draw — for singles and doubles — will begin on Tuesday, June 5. The tournament will wrap up with the doubles finals on Saturday, June 9, before the singles championship match on Sunday, June 10. The tournament will also feature a USTA-funded Junior Play Day on Wednesday, June 6.
Twitter users can follow the tournament on Twitter at #ProSC.
In a recent poll, Sea Colony ranked among the world’s Top 20 tennis camp locations and was listed at No. 21 as a tennis resort. It also received a No. 5 ranking for “Best Overall Children’s Programs.”
Sea Colony was recognized in both 2012 and 2016 as a USTA Outstanding Facility of the Year. It is also ranked among the Top 50 Tennis Resorts in the U.S., including No. 3 in the Mid-Atlantic region.
The facility features 34 tennis courts, which includes six indoor and 14 Har-Tru. Sea Colony offers a variety of camps, clinics and private lessons throughout the year for players of all ages and skill levels.
For more information about Sea Colony Tennis, stop by the Tennis Center at West Way Drive and Kent Avenue, call (302) 539-4488, visit www.SeaColonyTennis.net or like them on Facebook (www.Facebook.com/SeaColonyTennis).
By Jason Feather