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Greater Lansing Welcomes Pro Tennis Tournament Back to Michigan

Organizers took a hiatus in 2020 due to COVID but are enthusiastic about the events return.

The Greater Lansing Sports Authority and the Mid-Michigan Tennis Association announced plans to host the Joe D. Pentecost Foundation Capital City Tennis Classic in the region this fall. The event was the first men’s professional-level tennis tournament to be held in the state of Michigan when it originated in 2019. Organizers took a hiatus in 2020 due to COVID-19 but are enthusiastic about the event’s return in November.

Sanctioned by the International Tennis Federation, the event is expected to draw 74 participants and 16 teams from 19 countries around the world. Those players will compete for $15,000 in prize money.

“We’re thrilled to partner with the Joe D. Pentecost Foundation as the title sponsor,” said tournament Director Cody Cross. “The mission of the foundation is to support and enrich the educational, social and economic life of the Greater Lansing, Michigan, area, which makes them the perfect fit for us. We want to impact our host city in a positive way. And the region is ideal for many reasons. Not only is Lansing growing, but the Greater Lansing area has four racquet clubs that train some of the top junior players in Michigan and the Midwest. And of course, East Lansing is the home of men’s and women’s Division 1 collegiate tennis at MSU.

“Our central location makes us an accessible destination for anyone in the state,” Cross continued. “Bringing a professional-level tennis tournament to Lansing adds to the great tennis culture we already have. Hopefully the event inspires our junior players and brings players in from surrounding cities to see all that Lansing has to offer.”

The event is scheduled for Nov. 14-21 at the Michigan State University Tennis Center in East Lansing.

“As we saw in 2019, The Joe D. Pentecost Foundation Capital City Tennis Classic will draw first-class athletes for a week of first-rate competition,” said Mike Price, executive director for the sports authority. “In addition to watching the competition, locals can get involved by attending youth clinics, hosting international players and participating in volunteer opportunities. This event has proven to be a win for the entire region. We’re excited to welcome them back.”

East Lansing native, former top three player in the world and current CEO of the International Tennis Hall of Fame Todd Martin shared the planner’s enthusiasm about the event.

“I’m very pleased to know that these key local parties have made a commitment to hosting an ITF Transition Tour event. The transition from amateur to professional tennis is a massive challenge and only navigated successfully by few,” said Martin. “What is happening in November is an important step on the developmental ladder that all great players have to take.”

To track updated news and information about the event visit capitalcitytennisclassic.com. For more information about the Greater Lansing Sports Authority, visit lansingsports.org.

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