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Finalist in French Open played in Pensacola Futures Tournament

German tennis pro Alexander Zverev, ranked as high as #2 in the world, was bested by Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz in the 2024 French Open which concluded this past weekend.


In 2013, Zverev competed with players from all over the world in the Pensacola Futures Tennis Championship, a USTA Men’s Pro Circuit event. Now named the Pensacola Pro Tennis Championship, the tournament was part of the 2024 USTA Pro Men’s 25K Circuit.

Tournament director Skip Vogelsang said many young tennis stars have launched after playing in the Pensacola tournament.

“Zverev, now 27, was just 16 when he played in Pensacola and ranked as the number one junior in the world for 17 and under — four years later he was playing in the U.S. Open,” said Vogelsang. “This shows you the level of play we’re getting here in Pensacola and where these young athletes are headed.”

Ray Palmer, President & CEO of Pensacola Sports said this year’s tournament had many young hopefuls.

“When you come out to the Pensacola Pro Tennis Championship at Roger Scott you’re seeing major tournament champions of the future, right here in our backyard,” said Palmer. “Other notable player who have risen to stardom include Dennis Shapovalov, Felix Auger Aliassime and Jack Sock. It’s amazing to think that Pensacola has played a part in launching these young athletes’ careers.”

Next year’s Pensacola Pro Tennis Championship will be held May 12 – 18, 2024 at Roger Scott Tennis Center.

About Pensacola Sports – Pensacola Sports is one of the oldest sports associations/commissions in the United States, beginning in 1955. Today, Pensacola Sports manages or assists in numerous events a year throughout the Escambia, Santa Rosa, and Okaloosa County areas, and is the lead sports tourism agency for Escambia County.  Events include a high school all-star series, 5K-15K runs, half marathon, fishing tournament, soccer and softball tournaments, collegiate conference and national championships, and annual awards and scholarships banquets to name a few. Pensacola Sports is dedicated to building a better community through sports.  Be Moved!