Women’s professional tennis returns to Hilton Head Island this week with the Shipyard Cup getting underway Sunday at Van Der Meer Shipyard Racquet Club.
Qualifying for the $15,000 USTA Pro Circuit event will be played Sunday through Tuesday followed by the 32-player singles and 16-team doubles draws.
Among the notable players competing is 21-year-old Italian Bianca Turati, a rising junior at Texas and the top-ranked collegiate singles player in the nation last season. Turati made the finals of the 2017 Shipyard Cup.
Also in the draw is 28-year-old Nadja Gilchrist, a product of Hilton Head’s Smith Stearns Academy and Heritage Academy graduate. Gilchrist was a standout at Georgia.
Other notable players include former Georgia Tech star Rasheeda McAdoo, the daughter of basketball Hall of Famer Bob McAdoo; former Arizona standout Akilah James; and 16-year-old Peyton Stearns, who is in the top 50 in the world junior ranks and was a semifinalist in the Wimbledon girls’ doubles draw.
The tournament has been played on Hilton Head Island since 1993, with the exception of 2016, when it was cancelled because of Hurricane Matthew.
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