Pro event showcases top college talent this week at TCU

When it comes to entry-level USTA Pro Circuit tennis tournaments such as the $10,000 Holt Fiat Women’s tournament at TCU this week, the event can be as much a showcase of top collegiate talent as it is a display of up-and-coming pro players.

Among the players entered in the TCU tournament, which begins Monday at the Bayard Friedman Tennis Center, is Catherine Harrison, a member of the reigning NCAA champion UCLA Bruins.

The Germantown, Tenn., native helped lead the Bruins to the NCAA title with a victory over North Carolina in May as a sophomore.

Harrison arrived at UCLA after an outstanding junior career that included appearances in three of the four Junior Grand Slams events (Australian Open, Wimbledon and, U.S. Open.)

On Saturday, Harrison teamed with Nebraska All-American Mary Weatherholt to win the doubles title at the Pro Circuit event in Austin. Harrison and Weatherholt defeated former Alabama standout Alexa Guarachi and Florida’s Alexandra Cercone.

Weatherholt, who reached the 2013 NCAA singles final, has a wild card into the main draw at TCU after advancing to the singles final in Austin on Sunday against Kelly Chen.

Qualifying is underway and will continue through Monday, with the main draw kicking off Tuesday. The tournament runs through Sunday. Admission is free.

Family Night is scheduled from 6-8 p.m Tuesday and will include an appearance by Mayor Betsy Price.

Pro players also will be on hand to offer a free tennis clinic for up to 50 children and 35 adults.