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Carson to host joint men's and women's Challenger
   
The United States Tennis Association (USTA) today announced that The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., will host the Countrywide Classic USTA Menís $50,000 Challenger and The Home Depot Center USTA Womenís $50,000 Challenger Monday, May 28 through Sunday, June 3.

This is one of four combined tournaments on the USTA Pro Circuit scheduled for 2007. This yearís event marks the second time Carson has hosted a menís Challenger and is the inaugural event for the women.

The Challenger tournament offers an opportunity for players to gain professional ranking points needed to compete on major tours. Players ranked as high as No. 50 in the world typically compete in challenger-level events. In 2005, Justin Gimelstob, a winner of nine professional titles, won the inaugural menís event. Gimelstob has captured 13 ATP Tour doubles championships.

Both fields will feature 32 singles players and 16 doubles teams, drawing from the Top 200 tennis world rankings. Menís singles qualifying will take place on Saturday, May 26, while the womenís is slated for Sunday, May 27. A menís and womenís wild card event is scheduled for April 30-May 4.

The event is free to the public Monday, May 28 Ė Saturday, June 2. On Sunday, June 3, tickets to the finals are $5.00. For more information, please visit www.usta.com/carsonchallenger.

The event will also offer a free Kids Day on Saturday, June 2 at The Home Depot Center from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. The morning will include activities and lessons for kids interested in the game of tennis. Contests and prizes will be offered, as well as ďRapid Rally,Ē an official USOC Junior Olympic Skills Competition Event.