The Greater Lansing Sports Authority is excited to welcome back the international men’s professional tennis event, Capital City Tennis Classic.
The Capital City Tennis Classic is expected to bring 16 doubles teams and 64 single players from 19 countries around the world. The event will be held November 15-21, 2021. The event is sanctioned by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) and 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,” said Cross. “Our central location makes us an accessible destination for anyone in the state. 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.”
“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 GLSA. “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 shares 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.”
On Sunday, November 14th, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. an open practice for the media to attend at the MSU Tennis Center.
The event is scheduled for November 15-21, 2021. Updates and information about the event can be found at https://capitalcitytennisclassic.com/.