Just as American universities field international tennis teams, so is the 2012 USTA Pro Circuit Tennis Classic--an ITF event going on during this boiling hot first week of August. As I've walked the grounds this week to meet the players or to find a seat, I've noticed up-and-comers from areas as far and near as TCU's own team (although via Italy) and Japan, which has quite a few seeded players and many spectators supporting them. There were also an Armenian (I am Armenian, so I loved that!), an Australian, Italians, a New Zealander and several players from eastern Europe, including Ukrainian Anastasia Kharchenko, who stayed with me and my husband, Steve, during the tournament. Anastasia now lives in Jacksonville, Fla., where she trains.
As always, it has been great seeing so many familiar faces in the stands and among the volunteers, which I hope is reflected in this photo gallery (and which I will blog about next week, so look for that here and on Facebook). You'll notice the ever-present Myron Krueger, father of USTA-fave Mitch Krueger, a new pro at the USTA training center in Boca Raton, Fla., and tournament director Linda Cappel, who has been a busy bee this week. As former local sports anchor Scott Murray used to say, "A good time was had by all"--and this thing isn't even done yet. Enjoy the gallery, and come on out. You can check scores at the ITF website. Play begins at 9 a.m. through Sunday.