LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – There’s big news in the sports world today: a first-of-its-kind tournament is coming to mid-Michigan.
Michigan’s first professional men’s tennis tournament is coming to greater Lansing and organizers are excited about how it’s going to serve the community.
“It’s a pretty big deal for the area,” said Cody Cross, the tournament director for the up-and-coming Capital City Tennis Classic.
Cross says Michigan has never seen something like this before.
“Growing up in Lansing and never having that experience to go because the closest tournaments are really in either like Cincinnati or Canada, having one that’s right in your backyard makes it a lot easier for all of our local players to come out and see what the highest level really looks like,” said Cross.
The tournament is a part of the International Tennis Foundation’s World Tennis Tour. About one hundred players will participate, all ranked in the top 750 in the world.
“I’m very excited about this because to have a men’s professional tournament in Michigan is unique,” said Bruce Baker, a board member for the Greater Lansing Tennis Association and coach at East Lansing High School.
Baker says while this tournament is not only the first of its kind, it will also bring lots of people to the capital area.
“A lot of business that we’ve brought here, it’ll be going on for a week. We’re going to get a real sense of what a really top notch tennis match looks like,” said Baker.
The tournament runs from November 17th – November 24th.
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ORIGINAL STORY: Michigan’s first professional men’s tennis tournament is coming to greater Lansing this fall.
The 2019 Capital City Tennis Classic will take place the week of November 17th at the Michigan State University Tennis Center.
Organizers say it’s geared towards everyone, but will give casual tennis players a chance to learn more about the sport.
“I’m very excited about this because to have a men’s professional tournament in Michigan is unique,” said Bruce Baker, a board member of the Greater Lansing Tennis Association. “Normally you would have to travel to Cincinnati or Cleveland or other major facilities to see the high level of tennis that we’re going to bring here.”
6 News reporter Dana Whyte will have more about the tournament tonight on 6 News at 6.