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|About||The TLTC is a world class women's USTA $25K Pro Circuit Collegiate Series Tennis Tourn, aka the Grand Slam Gateway. All proceeds~The Team Luke Fund.|
On July 28, 2015, Luke Siegel was critically injured in a golf cart accident and suffered life threatening head and chest trauma. Luke battled for his life as a result of his TBI, traumatic brain injury and anoxic brain injury, but defied the odds and survived. After weeks of hospitalization, followed by more than 4 months of rehabilitation at Cook Children’s Hospital, Luke returned home to Lubbock to resume his outpatient treatment towards further recovery. Luke has a long road ahead. He endures many hours of PT, OT, Speech, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy and countless other treatment and challenges in his battle to heal mind and body. Currently, Luke requires around the clock care in which his parents, Tim and Jenny, take full responsibility for facilitating. His path to recovery remains uncertain but one thing remains a constant, Luke is a fighter. He continues to battle the numerous mental and physical challenges caused by his injuries, and he is making amazing strides in his road to recovery, defying the odds against him everyday. His spirit is strong and has touched thousands of people around the country.
Luke’s father, Tim, has been a constant figure in the Lubbock tennis community. He served as the Texas Tech Men’s Tennis coach for 23 years until his retirement in the summer of 2015, shortly before Luke’s accident. He is currently the Head Tennis Coach for Lubbock Cooper ISD where his children attend school. Jenny, a Nurse Practitioner, helps care for Luke full time and along with Tim, their 3 daughters and his medical team. Luke is receiving aggressive treatment and therapy to recovery from his injuries and they need the continued support of the community to continue these efforts.
The Team Luke Tennis Classic will develop The Team Luke Fund from the net tournament proceeds. The Team Luke Fund will provide critical financial support to the Siegel family as they face a multitude of medical expenses resulting from Luke’s treatment and long-term c
About the USTA Pro Circuit
The USTA Pro Circuit was formed in 1979 to provide players with an opportunity to gain the professional ranking points they need to compete on the major pro tours. It has since grown into the largest developmental tennis circuit in the world, consisting of approximately 90 tournaments and nearly $3 million in prize money. And by offering so many competitive opportunities throughout the United States, the USTA Pro Circuit makes it easier and more affordable for American players to earn a pro ranking without having to travel abroad.
Women’s events on the USTA Pro Circuit consist of $10,000, $25,000, $50,000, $75,000 and $100,000 tournaments. Each event has 32 players in the main singles draw and 16 teams competing in doubles.
The competition and the ranking points increase in the $25,000 tournaments—at this
level a player can best determine whether to continue to the next tier of $50,000 to $100,000 events as a touring professional. The $25,000 singles qualifying draw can be 32 or 64 players.
The caliber of player at the premium-level events, the $50,000 to $100,000 tournaments, is close to that of the WTA. They feature women ranked as high as No. 40. The qualifying draw size for the $50,000 events and above is 32 players.
The USTA Pro Circuit, the largest developmental tennis circuit in the world, recently announced that it is launching the USTA Pro Circuit Collegiate Series, a circuit of more than 10 tournaments held on or near college campuses across the country to provide a platform for college players to gain pro experience and transition to the pro tours. The USTA Pro Circuit Collegiate Series will consist of events that complement a college player’s schedule, with two events taking place later this spring and several more scheduled to be held during the fall semester.