Frequently Asked Questions

Below is a list of common questions and answers about the Braidy Industries $60,000 Women’s Tennis Classic, A USTA Pro Circuit Event Presented by Bon Secours Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital.

Players from all over the world participate in the tournament. This reflects the international character of tennis. Players from Canada, Venezuela, Germany, Great Britain, Australia, France, Thailand, Brazil, Russia, Ukraine, Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, Greece, Chile, the Netherlands, China, Puerto Rico and Argentina have played in Ashland, Kentucky from 2004 to 2008 in the $50,000 Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital Tennis Classic.

Watch the early rounds or check the scores of any top tier tournaments or Grand Slam event and you will recognize many of the players that participate in the Braidy Industries $60,000 Women’s Tennis Classic, A USTA Pro Circuit Event Presented by Bon Secours Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital.

A player can get into the main draw of the tournament in one of four ways:

  1. If their world ranking is approximately #150 or greater, they often gain entry into the main draw of the tournament.
  2. If their world ranking is approximately #150-600, they can play in the qualifying tournament, which begins on Saturday before the main draw. The four players who win all three of their matches in the qualifying tournament gain entry into the main draw.
  3. One of the players who lost in the last round of qualifying is selected via a random drawing and may get into the main draw if a spot opens up due to the withdrawal of one of the main draw players.
  4. Local tournament officials as well as USTA officials can give any player they choose entry into the main draw or the qualifying tournament. These players are referred to as “wildcards.” Typically, there are 2-4 wildcard entries into both the qualifying and main draws.

The main draw features evening matches starting at 4:30 p.m. for each night during the week.

The tournament is a United States Tennis Association Pro Circuit event that is officially sanctioned by the USTA, WTA and ITF. However, most of the logistical and organizational work is managed by Tournament Director Jack Ditty MD with the Greater Ashland Tennis Association, Ashland Tennis Commision, Braidy Industries, Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital, many other sponsors and the tournament committee chairmen and volunteers.

Definitely. You can be part of the action, meet the players and help make the Braidy Industries $60,000 Women’s Tennis Classic, A USTA Pro Circuit Event Presented by Bon Secours Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital a success. Volunteers are needed in several areas.
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Tournament Director Jack Ditty MD can be reached by phone at 606 836-3111 or 606 324-5663.

April McKenzie is the media director and Olivia McKenzie is the assistant media director. Both can be contacted at 606 836-3111.

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