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Nielsen Tennis Championship a chance to catch star players on the rise

Nielsen Tennis Championship a chance to catch star players on the rise

Over the last 30 years, the Nielsen Men's Pro Tennis Championship — which is slated to begin with qualifying on Sunday, July 5, at the A.C. Nielsen Tennis Center in Winnetka — has provided Chicagoland tennis fans with the opportunity to see some of the United States' best players before they went on to stardom. Pete Sampras, for instance, was 16 when he was given a wildcard to play in Winnetka's Challenger tournament in 1988. He went on to win 14 Grand Slam singles titles. There are several other examples. Todd Martin played in Winnetka multiple times. John Isner was the tournament's top seed in 2009. Current professionals Sam Querrey and Jack Sock —...

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