The International Tennis Federation makes a visit to Baton Rouge this week as it stages a $25,000 women’s tournament at LSU’s W.T. “Dub” Robinson Tennis Complex.
The tournament is part of the USTA pro tour circuit. Players have the opportunity to earn ranking points to compete on the major pro tour.
The LSU Women’s 25K tournament features singles and doubles competition, with action beginning at 9 a.m. Tuesday. It will be best-of-three sets including a third-set tiebreaker and no-ad scoring.
Singles competition will have a 32-player main draw, with 17 players receiving automatic bids. The rest of the field will be filled with the survivors of a three-round, 53-player qualifier that began Sunday.
The tournament’s top-seeded player is 19-year-old Taylor Townsend of Chicago. Townsend carries an ITF ranking of 176 and peaked as high as No. 94 this year. Townsend won a pair of $50,000 tournaments last year.
Ten of the tournament’s 17 automatic qualifiers are from the United States, including second-seeded Jennifer Brady of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; No. 3 Samantha Crawford of Atlanta; and No. 4 Caitlin Whoriskey of Boston. Brady and Whoriskey won tournaments last year.
The tournament also features a 16-team doubles draw, which will use 14 automatic bids and two qualifiers. The No. 1 seed is Whoriskey and Chieh-Yu Hsu of Taiwan. Hsu has claimed five ITF doubles titles in her career.
Jacqueline Cako and Danielle Lao, both of the United States, are seeded second.
Both captured doubles titles earlier this year with different partners.