Local supporters say the event is more than just a tennis tournament.
Scott Mitchell is the Executive Director for the Dow Corning Tennis Classic and the Greater Midland Tennis Center.
“It brings about a million and a half dollars into our community in this nine days. We have a great outreach program that really reaches and impacts over 3-thousand youths in our community. It also allows us to highlight some non-profit organizations that really make an impact. It’s not only just about the tennis, it’s just one of the avenues that allows us to reach out into the community. So it speaks volumes about of how the community has really embraced the event” says Mitchell.
Four of the top 100 women players in the world are playing in this year’s tournament. Mitchell says players like Maria Sharapova have come through the Classic, and that many of the players advance to bigger tournaments.
For more information about the Dow Corning Tennis Classic, visit their webpage here.
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