Allie Kiick will fight hard to make it past the second round of singles play in the fifth annual Rock Hill Rocks Open (RHRO) women’s tennis tournament set for Oct. 13 to 20.
That’s as far as the 18-year-old Fort Lauderdale, Fla., right-hander made it the last two years at the $25,000 USTA (United States Tennis Association) Pro Circuit event. This year she has a higher ranking (263) and a second Pro Circuit singles championship under her belt.
“There have obviously been some ups and down (with this year’s play), but the goal right now and for the rest of the year is to get into the Australian Open (qualifying),” Kiick said from Macon, Ga., where she is playing in another $25,000 USTA Pro Circuit event this week. “I’m like 260. I probably need to be around 230.”
A good showing at Macon this week and Rock Hill next week would help in her effort to play at Melbourne in January 2014. Kiick, the daughter of former Miami Dolphins football player Jim Kiick, is not competing at the USTA Pro Circuit event in Florence, S.C., the week after the RHRO.
Kiick has one $10,000 USTA Pro Circuit singles title from 2011. She won her second one at Gainesville, Fla., last March. Kiick also won a Pro Circuit doubles event, the $25,000 tournament in Winnipeg, Canada, last July. She partnered with Heide El Tabakh of Toronto, Canada.
“I love (doubles),” she said, “And I really try to use it as a way to get ready for an upcoming singles match. Plus, it’s a lot of fun.”
The exciting RHRO will be held on 11 outdoor hard courts at the Rock Hill Tennis Center located at 897 Maplewood Lane. All matches are played during daylight hours and are open free to the public.
Players on the Pro Circuit compete for prize money and ranking points. The circuit is the pathway to tour-level tournaments, including the US Open, for aspiring tennis players.
Many of today’s top stars, including Maria Sharapova, played on the Pro Circuit. Several of these top-ranked players, including USA players Jamie Hampton and Varvara Lepchenko, played in Rock Hill.
For more information, contact RHRO Tournament Director and Tennis Center Supervisor Kim Ozmon. The telephone number is 803-326-3842. The email address is email@example.com.