ITF Women’s Tournament Returns To Ortisei Next Week

World number 847 Verena Hofer receives a wild card (photo: Alex Runggaldier)

ORTISEI, December 3, 2015

Six years after the last women’s tournament and three weeks after the end of the sixth edition of the Sparkassen ATP Challenger, Ortisei is getting ready for the next professional tournament taking place in Val Gardena. The US-$ 10,000 ITF Pro Circuit women’s event kicks off 6 December starting with the qualifying on Sunday.

“We are really surprised to welcome such a strong player’s field. We didn’t expect that so many good players will come to Ortisei at a time when the season has almost already ended. The enty list’s cut-off is around ranking position 700,” told Ellis Kasslatter, the president of the organizing committee. 

In 1999, the first ITF women’s tournament took place in Ortisei. Back then Gloria Pizzichini claimed the title. The field improved year by year and the amount of total prize money also increased. The list of past champions is a glorious one. 19-year-old Flavia Pennetta lifted the trophy in 2002, Michaella Krajicek captured the title in 2005 and Caroline Wozniacki in 2007. Last champion was Barbora Strycova in 2009, who won the Fed Cup with the Czech Republic a few weeks ago.

World number 310 Rebecca Sramkova from Slovakia will be the tournament’s top seed in 2015, followed by Swiss Xenia Knoll (No. 360) and the 19-year-old and best ranked Italian Georgia Brescia (No. 389). Six more Italians will make it into the main draw, four more will receive a wild card.

The full entry list for the Raiffeisen ITF Tournament can be found here: Entry List Ortisei 2015

Main draw will start on 8 December. The singles final will be played on 14 December.
For more information see the Official Website.