GODFREY – More than 100 of the world’s top-ranked men’s tennis players will participate in the 17th annual Lewis and Clark Community College Men’s Pro Tennis Classic set for July 18-27 at the Andy Simpson Center.
The tournament is a United States Tennis Association Men’s Futures Pro Circuit event and draws players from countries as far as Australia, India, China and Brazil.
The event is free and open to the public. Spectators are provided with covered stadium seating.
Qualifying play will begin Friday, July 18 with players competing for a place in the 32-player main draw. Play continues daily, ending with the doubles and singles championships on Sunday, July 27.
The college will play host to a tennis clinic for children on Saturday, July 19. It’ll begin at 9 a.m. in the George C. Terry River Bend Arena. Children of all ages will have a chance to learn tennis from some of the tournament’s professionals. The event is free and open to the public.
The Lewis and Clark event offers a total purse of $10,000 and is the 11th oldest men’s Pro Circuit tournament. The USTA Pro Circuit has served as a launching pad for some of tennis’ top players.
For information about the tournament or to get directions to campus, call (618) 468-6002 or visit www.lc.edu/usta.