Michigans "Grand Slam" tournament is set to begin in Midland on Tuesday.
Hosted by the Midland Community Tennis Center, the largest facility in the Midwest, the Dow Corning Tennis Classic is Michigans only professional tennis event.
Now in its 23rd year, the Dow Corning Tennis Classic is the longest consecutive running womens event on the USTA Pro Circuit. The event is considered the marquee womens tournament on the USTA Pro Circuit and attracts more than 15,000 fans each year.
The most notable Midland tournament alumni include:
- Justine Henin, a seven-time Grand Slam tournament champion and Olympic gold medal winner
- Maria Sharapova and Mary Pierce, each of whom has won multiple major singles titles
- 2010 French Open singles champion Francesca Schiavone
- Anna Kournikova, a two-time Grand Slam tournament womens doubles champion and mixed doubles finalist
- Li Na, who just advanced to the 2011 Australian Open singles final, where she lost to Kim Clijsters in three sets
The Dow Corning Tennis Classic began in 1989 at the $25,000 level and, seven years later, became one of five USTA Pro Circuit tournaments to increase its prize money as part of the Womens $50,000 Challenger Series in 1996.
Three years later, in 1999, prize money was increased again, this time to $75,000.
Last year, Midland made its debut as the first-ever $100,000 womens event on the USTA Pro Circuit and this year remains the only $100,000 event on the calendar.
Its one of the best run tournaments on the tour, said Jill Craybas, two-time defending singles champion. No other tournament at this level treats the players with such wonderful attention. We love it, and we come back.
Tickets are still available for all matches. Contact the Midland Community Tennis Center at 989-631-6151 to reserve your seats or click here
for online tickets.
The final round of qualifying matches are being held Monday -- with tournament play to begin on Tuesday.