The International Tennis Federation-sanctioned event is expected to draw 16 doubles teams and 64 singles players from 19 countries. 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. 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 was last held in 2019.
“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.”
The tournament has also drawn support from Todd Martin, CEO of the International Tennis Hall of Fame and a native of East Lansing. “I’m very pleased to know that these key local parties have made a commitment to hosting an ITF Transition Tour event,” he said. “The transition from amateur to professional tennis is a massive challenge and only navigated successfully by few. What is happening in November is an important step on the developmental ladder that all great players have to take.”