Serving Dreams

January 31 - February 7, 2016

This Just In…

Dates of the 2016 Dow Corning Tennis Classic are January 31-February 7, a little earlier than usual to fit the schedules of top players. Sharon Cleland, Director of Tennis, is the new Director of the DCTC.

The DCTC is a USTA $100,000 Pro Circuit Event that has grown in stature and reputation, earning industry and national media attention in the “Best Tennis Town in the US.” Midland is the top stop among players from 20-plus nations, competing on the 80-city ITF-USTA Tour.

Players cite professional tournament management and “home away from home hospitality” among their reasons to “Play Midland.”





Tatjana Maria, 2015 Singles Champion

Julie Coin and Emily Webley-Smith,
2015 Doubles Champions


That’s a wrap at the 2015 Dow Corning Tennis Classic! After a week of premier tennis, the 27th DCTC Champions have been decided.

German 27 year old, Tatjana Maria defeated 18 year old American, Louisa Chirico this afternoon at the Greater Midland Community Tennis Center on Stadium Court. Tatjana was able to finish the match in two sets, 6-2, 6-0.

The doubles championship followed the singles award ceremony and it was a COMPETITIVE one! Julie Coin of France and Emily Webley-Smith of Great Britain defeated Americans Jacqueline Cako and Sachia Vickery in a tight match. The fans cheered on both teams as they played with passion all the way through the 4-6, 7-6(4), [11-9] exciting title match.

It was a week of hot tennis action right here in cold Midland, Michigan and it did not disappoint. Fans enjoyed amazing food, entertainment, and experiences all week long, making for another great Dow Corning Tennis Classic.

The 2015 Dow Corning Tennis Classic is Serving Dreams throughout the community with community outreach programs and new this year, daily non-profit highlights and the SYM Financial Serving Aces benefiting the Midland Area Community Foundation.

In Appreciation…

Five months of planning and operations whizzed by, consuming 3,000-plus man hours to continue the tradition of women’s pro tennis in Midland, as the 27th edition of the Dow Corning Tennis Classic concluded another year.

We are grateful for the community and fan support of this USTA/ITF Pro Circuit event, tops on the tour, the only pro tennis in Michigan, and the longest-running tournament on the 80-stop circuit.

Midland is a community that earned the designation USTA Best Tennis Town in the US. Support for tennis, especially this pro tennis event, has been forthcoming since 1989. But it must be earned anew each year.
We are grateful for the community’s encouragement and trust in us as we serve as stewards for this spectacular sports/entertainment tennis festival.

With regard to our loyal cadre of 260 volunteers staffing 13 different positions, delivering guest relations, we cannot but say again: “You guys are the best, your enthusiasm catchy, your dedication to pro tennis awesome and your laughter absolutely, positively inspiring.
Each year our corporate sponsors step up with the critical financial support needed to present this unique sports event. Nothing happens without them. Everything happens when they are present and accounted for—we cannot thank you enough.

This is especially true for The Dow Corning Corporation, title sponsor of the event, whose generosity has resulted in a pro tennis tradition for our region.

Finally, for the players across the globe and our “Friends of Tennis” who worked for two world-wide corporations and played their tennis here, and yes on behalf of Miriam and Gil Harter who’ve never missed the event in 27 years…… 

Thank you one and all. You made success happen again.

Mike Woody & Sharon Cleland & the DCTC Tournament staff



Sponsors Stepping Up

Sponsor partners  who want to identify their organization with mid-winter’s # 1 sports/entertainment event--The Dow Corning Tennis Classic, January 31-February 7, 2016—may contact Tournament Director of the Sharon Cleland at 631-6151 or email: