Working to get to the Big Time...
Or in some cases, get BACK to the Big Time
That's what it's all about for Tennis Pros from around the World who are calling Tunica, Mississippi home this week.
They're here for the 4th annual United States Tennis Association Pro Challenger series tournament.
The courts at Tunica National are bustling with activity!
The $50,000 event draws some of the best young tennis players scratching and clawing to get into the upcoming Grand Slam Tournaments.
Scoville Jenkins, a 21 year old from Atlanta, finds himself in that situation.
The one time USTA boys champion at 18, is struggling to make the ATP tour full time while he comes back from injury.
He's played in many ATP events before, including the one here in Memphis, but needs some points in the Challenger series to build his resume.
"These are really tough tournament because there's a lot on the line points wise and everyone is really fighting. "
5th seed Robert Kendrick adds:
"Fighting to get to the top level. And the timing of it is very important towards Wimbledon."
Tunica National Tennis Director Keith Evans says:
"This is an important tournament because its right before Wimbledon. The points they earn here will go on the computer to see if they can get in. "
In first round action Ky Hippensteel serving for the match, and he gets the job done against fellow American Nikita Kryvonos 7-6, 6-4.
Ivan Miranda in the red and white here from Peru.... gets past American Ryler De Heart ....Winning in 3 sets it 6-7, 7-6, 6-3.
The action continues all week at Tunica National...with the finals Saturday.