Dow Tennis Classic returns to Midland Oct. 31-Nov. 7

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The annual Dow Tennis Classic, the top tennis event in Michigan, returns to the Greater Midland Tennis Center at the end of October.

Tickets for the 33rd Dow Tennis Classic will be available starting Friday, Oct. 1 at 10 a.m. at dowtennisclassic.com, with individual tickets starting at $15.

The event will begin with qualifying matches on Sunday, Oct. 31 before main draw competition kicks off on Monday, Nov. 1. Singles and doubles main draw action will continue throughout the week, with the WTA 125 singles final taking place on Sunday, Nov. 7.

General admission seating for featured matches is $15 per adult, with ages 17 and under receiving free admission. Club seats featuring padded chairs and reserved seating are also available for $30, or $65 including dining and drinks.

VIP box seats are also available and include all seven featured sessions, Grand Slam dining, adult beverages and the option for reserved parking spaces. Half box (two seats) and full box (four seats) options are both available and start at $700.

All main draw daytime matches (Monday through Friday) are free, but a donation to the Greater Midland Tennis Center’s Scholarship Fund is encouraged.

“We can’t wait to do our part to help the community and bring professional tennis back to the Great Lakes Bay Region next month,” said tournament director Alex Maga. “With higher prize money, a stronger field and the elevated experience of being a WTA 125 event, we’re sure that both the players and spectators will enjoy a world-class tournament featuring some of the top female athletes in the world.”

Earlier this year, it was announced that the DTC has been elevated to a WTA 125 event with total prize money of $115,000 and 160 ranking points for the champion. WTA 125 events are one level above the ITF World Tennis Tour and USTA Pro Circuit and attract some of the top tennis players in the world. A three-year extension of the title sponsorship with Dow calls for the tournament to remain at the Greater Midland Tennis Center through 2023.

Shelby Rogers defeated Anhelina Kalinina in the DTC final in February 2020 to claim the 2021 ITF World Tennis Tour title. At the 2020 US Open, Rogers reached the quarterfinals for the first time in her career, losing to eventual champion Naomi Osaka. Rogers recently defeated world No. 1 Ash Barty en route to the fourth round of the 2021 US Open.

Other recent DTC champions include 2021 US Open doubles finalist Caty McNally, Mallorca Open champion Tatjana Maria, four-time WTA singles champion Heather Watson and three-time Grand Slam champion Lucie Hradecka. Other past DTC competitors include Coco Gauff, Maria Sharapova, Mary Pierce, Li Na, Anna Kournikova and Justine Henin. 

The Midland stop on the global WTA Tour annually plays in front of over 15,000 fans in addition to reaching tennis viewers across the world via live streaming and television coverage.