TYLER, TX - The RBC Pro Challenge brings USTA Pro Circuit women's tennis to Tyler for the first time.
Tyler hosted men's events from 1982-87, and in 2001 and 2002. It is one of three USTA Pro Circuit women's events taking place in Texas this year; Fort Worth hosted a $25,000 event this summer and next week, Waco hosts another $80,000 tournament. All proceeds from this tournament and its events
benefit ACEing Autism, a world-renowned organization providing therapeutic and educational tennis programs for local kids on the Autism spectrum.
Tyler is the second of three consecutive women's hard-court tournaments that make up the Australian Open Wild Card Challenge presented by the USTA, which will award a men's and women's wild card into the 2018 Australian Open. The USTA and Tennis Australia have a reciprocal agreement in
which wild cards into the 2017 US Open and 2018 Australian Open are exchanged. The other tournaments in the women's portion of the wild card challenge are $80,000 events in Macon, Ga., held the week of Oct. 23, and Waco, Texas, held the week of Nov. 6. In addition to the three women's tournaments, the Australian Open Wild Card Challenge also includes numerous men's USTA Pro Circuit tournaments and U.S. and international ATP World Tour events at the ATP Challenger-level and above played on a hard-court surface this fall.
The men's challenge begins the week of Oct. 30 and concludes the week of Nov. 13. The American woman who earns the most WTA ranking points at two of the three USTA Pro Circuit hard-court events will receive a wild card to compete in the main draw of the 2018 Australian Open, which will be held Monday, Jan. 15, through Sunday, Jan. 28.
Only players who did not receive direct entry into the Australian Open are eligible for the wild cards.
This tournament will be streamed live on