February 1-8, 2015!
Dow Corning Tennis Classic Facts & Figures
As this USTA/ITF $100,000 Pro Circuit Event enters the 27th year, it’s probably a good idea to review basic information for newcomer fans and GMTC members with questions.
Title sponsor of the event is The Dow Corning Corporation. The Greater Midland Tennis Center hosts, operates and promotes the Tournament for Dow Corning.
In a sense, the GMTC, fans, volunteers, members, corporate sponsors, even players and officials are stewards of the Tournament, and keepers of the Midland Pro Tennis Tradition on behalf of Dow Corning.
The event draws approximately 15,000 fans over eight days/nights of competition. Another 4,000 participate in outreach activities like Pros to Schools & Schools to Matches, High School Play Day, Kids Fun Day and Cardio Tennis for everyone.
More than 260 volunteers manage fan/player relations, while 60-plus corporate sponsors ensure the financial base of the event. Sixteen college interns—Northwood, SVSU and CMU—assist with operations, and for all GMTC staff, the DCTC is a Command Performance.
Draws & More
About 60 or so pros from 20 nations, speaking 10-plus languages compete in the 32-player Qualifier, February 1-2 to reach the 32-player Main Draw action, February 1-8.Singles and doubles competition highlight the Main Draw.
The Qualifier singles semi-finalists get a ticket to the Main Draw. From the DCTC Wildcard Challenge, played in January, the doubles winners go to the Main Draw. The Wildcard singles winner goes to the Main Draw, finalist to the Qualifier. There are no doubles in the Qualifier.
With very few exceptions the players are the ones who select our Tournament. Only a few are recruited. Administered by the USTA for the ITF (International Tennis Federation), the players are assigned to the Qualifier or Main Draw on the basis of world rankings.
A very limited number of wild card entries are available at the discretion of the USTA and Tournament Director Mike Woody. Yes, there’s a waiting list of 50 or so pros, hoping for entry. The USTA works with us to operate the Tournament, providing officials on and off court.
And There’s More…
More than a third of the players in the Main Draw also compete on the WTA Tour. Since the first year 1989, four players won DCTC singles titles twice: Helen Kelesi (1991,1992), Jill Craybas (2004,2007), Laura Granville 2005,2008) and Lucie Hradecka 2009,2011). Hradecka returns this year, vying for the event’s first singles three peat.
Three fourths of the field in the Main Draw will feature athletes 6-feet or taller. Six of pros, who took their baby steps in Midland, went on to win Grand Slam Singles Titles--Maria Sharapova, Anastasia Myskina, Li Na, Mary Pierce, Justin Henin and Francesca Shiavone. Another 30 or so DCTC alumni have won Grand Slam doubles championships.
The USTA/ITF is a satellite circuit of approximately 80 cities. At $100,000, the DCTC is one of the nation’s top events on this circuit.
DCTC Executive Director is Mike Woody. Assistant Director is Sharon Cleland, GMTC’s Director of Tennis. Often referred to as mid-winter’s top Sports Entertainment Event, the DCTC garners national, regional and media coverage.
For more, see current tennis magazine DropShots, or Slice email newsletter. DropShots has been mailed to your home, extra copies at Welcome Center, also available with Slice in digital form: www.midlandtennis.com
Sponsors Stepping Up
Sponsor partners who want to identify their organization with mid-winter’s # 1 sports/entertainment event--The Dow Corning Tennis Classic, February 1-8, 2015—may contact GMTC Executive Director Mike Woody at 631-6151 or email: email@example.com or Assistant Director of the DCTC Sharon Cleland at 631-6151 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org