July 09--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 July 18-27.
The tournament is a United States Tennis Association Men's Futures Pro Circuit event and draws players from countries as far away as Australia, India, China, and Brazil.
The Lewis and Clark event offers a total purse of $10,000 and is the eleventh oldest men's Pro Circuit tournament. The USTA Pro Circuit has served as a launching pad for some of tennis' greatest players.
The event is held at the college's Andy Simpson Tennis Complex and is free and open to the public. Spectators are provided with covered stadium seating to keep them comfortable and shaded from the heat.
Last year's champion, Julian Childers of the University of Illinois, will return to defend his crown. Childers has already won the 2014 Bud Simpson Open which earned him a spot in the main draw of the 2014 Futures tourney.
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 at 9 a.m. on Saturday, July 19 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.
For more information about the tournament or to get directions to campus, those interested may call (618) 468-6002 or visit www.lc.edu/usta .
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