2nd Annual $50,000 USTA Pro Circuit Tournament
Returns to Fountain Hills, Arizona

October 30-Nov.6, 2016 – CopperWynd Resort and Club

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Crawford_Win2016 CopperWynd Pro Challenge Tournament Director Scott McCulloch has announced that this year’s proceeds will benefit ACEing Autism, a national non-profit that connects children with autism through unique tennis programs.

The CopperWynd Pro Challenge will be held October 30- November 6, and is a USTA Pro Circuit event.

Please visit for event and ticket information. Defending women’s singles champion is Samantha Crawford (pictured, right).

“The partnership we’ve started between the CopperWynd Pro Challenge and ACEing Autism will bring together grassroots tennis efforts for special needs children and combine it with professional tennis; We are proud to continue the great work that ACEing Autism has done already for communities around the nation and as we look to start a chapter here in Fountain Hills,” said McCulloch, who is also VP of Operations for Cliff Drysdale Tennis.

ACEingAutismPHOTOThe 2nd Annual CopperWynd Pro Challenge is happy to build on the success of last year’s tournament by bringing on such a notable beneficiary to the community. ACEing Autism has programs throughout the country, including Los Angeles, New York, Fort Lauderdale, Dallas, Pittsburgh, San Diego, New Orleans, Nashville, and Indianapolis, and has been featured on the Tennis Channel.

Following the tournament, CopperWynd Resort & Club will start an ACEing Autism program for the community. Ninety percent of event proceeds from the CopperWynd Pro Challenge will go directly to the ACEing Autism chapter, with a major goal of creating a new chapter here in Phoenix.

The tournament is still looking for additional sponsors. For information on sponsorship packages, please contact Travel & Event Sales Manager Sue Lopez at 305-365-4297


About ACEing Autism
Aceing-AutismACEing Autism is a non profit organization that brings recreational tennis programs to children on the autism spectrums ( In 2014, ACEing Autism received the USTA Adaptive Community Service Award, and, due to the high demand to find recreational based programs for children with ASDs, ACEing Autism has proved very successful in facilitating this need. ACEing Autism’s success lies in its commitment to tailoring the program to the needs of each individual child with autism. In 2013 Richard Spurling,

ACEing Autism’s Founder was honored with the USPTR’s Humanitarian of Year Award for his work building this program. With over 40 locations around America, ACEing Autism has successfully introduced over seven hundred and fifty children with ASDs into tennis (since September 2015) and has delivered nearly five thousand hours of tennis coaching to these children, including creating eleven thousand hours of community service for volunteers from local communities, high schools and universities. ACEing Autism is a grant recipient from the USTA Foundation and is a leader in its field.

About the USTA Pro Circuit
ProCircuitWith approximately 90 tournaments hosted annually throughout the country and prize money ranging $10,000 to $100,000 the USTA Pro Circuit is the pathway to the US Open and tour-level competition for aspiring tennis players and a frequent battleground for established professionals. The USTA launched it’s Pro Circuit 33 years ago to provide players the opportunity to gain professional ranking points, and it has since grown to become the largest developmental tennis circuit in the world, offering nearly $3 million in prize money.

Last year, more than 1,000 men and women from more than 70 countries competed in cities nationwide. Maria Sharapova, Andy Roddick, Caroline Wozniacki, James Blake, Li Na, Andy Murray and Mardy Fish are among today’s top stars who began their careers on the USTA Pro Circuit.

About CopperWynd Resort & Club
CW-LogoLocated in a quiet corner of the vibrant Sonoran Desert, the intimate, boutique-style CopperWynd Resort and Club boasts accommodations that provide guests with a measure of tranquility that stands alone, even among Scottsdale’s many renowned resorts. The CopperWynd tennis center features nine lighted championship tennis courts including; a stadium exhibition court, Tennis Boutique, and a spectator’s terrace.

Additional resort amenities include a spa, health and fitness center, luxuriously tranquil pool areas, and the award-winning Flourish Restaurant. Golf packages are also available at the nearby Sunridge Canyon Golf Course.

About Cliff Drysdale Tennis
CDTultimateFounded in 2001 by International Tennis Hall of Fame member Cliff Drysdale and partner Don Henderson, specializes in daily tennis and fitness operations and management for resorts, hotels and private clubs; sports design and construction consultation for companies interested in building world-class facilities; educational programs, summer camps, clinics and retreats; and resort, hotel corporate outing planning and leisure operations. CDM is dedicated to growing the game of tennis and strives to develop, promote and teach new programs that bring more tennis to more people.

As the sport continues to grow, as does the CDM commitment to hire, educate and advance talented tennis professionals that provide service excellence both on and off the court. Cliff Drysdale Management’s property portfolio currently boasts 30 tennis facilities nationwide, including multiple Gold, Silver and Bronze Medal ranked tennis resorts on Tennis Resorts Online’s Top 100 list. For more information, visit



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