The largest professional tennis event to ever be held on the Central Coast will take place the last week in September as the Templeton Tennis Ranch (ttrtennis.com) will play host to the Central Coast Pro Tennis Open, a USTA Women’s $60,000 Pro Circuit event, from Sept. 24 to Oct. 1.
This will be the first USTA professional event ever to take place in San Luis Obispo County and will attract more than 80 up-and-coming women’s professionals players ranked on the WTA World Tour from No. 100 to No. 300 in the world, along with their support teams and families.
Local tennis enthusiasts and the general public from near and far are invited to enjoy eight days of professional tennis. The tournament will include children’s days; social events; public clinics; a pro-am event, plus a wildcard invitational giving local players the opportunity to enter this USTA women’s pro- circuit event.
“The whole point of hosting this tournament is to elevate the sport of tennis in our region,” said Ralph Goehring, proprietor of Templeton Tennis Ranch, who launched the facility with his family in March of 2015. “We are honored to host this prestigious event.”
The Central Coast Pro Tennis Open is one of many USTA Pro Circuit tournaments that take place each year throughout the nation. These tournaments provide a pathway for aspiring tennis players and established professionals to compete in the world’s largest tennis tournaments, including the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and the U.S. Open.
“The USTA is excited to bring professional tennis to California’s Central Coast and to Templeton Tennis Ranch,” said Danielle Gooding, senior manager for the USTA Pro Circuit. “One of our goals is to pair pro tennis with communities that welcome professional athletes in their journey to the top. We have no doubt that the athletes will receive this in Templeton and the surrounding communities.”
Goehring noted that an event like this will certainly bring hundreds of visitors to the region. He added that it takes a community to put on an event of this magnitude. He invites businesses, organizations and individuals to help with lodging, hospitality, refreshments, transportation and more for the competitors. Additionally, at least 72 local ball kids and adults will be needed to retrieve balls for the players during matches. So far, Twin Cities Community Hospital, Tennis Warehouse and J. Dusi Wines have signed on as key sponsors.
“This is not just about Templeton Tennis Ranch,” Goehring said. “It’s about putting our entire region on the tennis map. Our hope is that this inspires our local tennis enthusiasts to come together while introducing our greater community to the attributes of this wonderful, health-driven, lifelong sport.”