The Wessen Lawn Tennis Club, and its pristine 24 perennial rye grass tennis courts, will be hosting a $10,000 Open Grass Court Prize Money men’s singles and doubles tournament, June 20-23 in Pontiac, Michigan.
The event, which is open to all entries, will offer a first-prize of $3,000 to the singles winner, $1,500 to the singles runner-up, $750 to losing semifinalists and $500 to losing semifinalists. The doubles winners will split $1500 and the doubles runners-up will split $500.
Entries are accepted on TennisLink.com here: https://tennislink.usta.com/tournaments/tournamenthome/tournament.aspx?T=221594#&&s=1A3 or via email to Randy Walker at Rwalker@NewChapterMedia.com
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The first-year event is branded the U.S. Grass Court Championships, to reflect the club’s future ambitions to one day host a bigger event, potentially a ITF Transition Tour event, ATP Challenger or ATP World Tour event.
The Wessen Lawn Club, located just 30 minutes from downtown Detroit, features 24 perennial-rye grass courts, the exact type of specific grass courts as Wimbledon. The latitude and climate of Pontiac is also very close to that of London, sitting at 42 degree latitude vs. 51 degrees latitude for London allowing for the perennial rye grass to be in the same condition as at the All England Club and providing for an excellent North American training stop for any player planning to play in Wimbledon, Wimbledon qualifying or in the Wimbledon junior championships. Many tennis observers have called the facility, including an immaculately decorated clubhouse, as one of the best tennis clubs in the country, if not the world.
The Wessen Lawn Tennis Club is an amazing and beautiful tennis club that was featured in the New York Times in 2014 here: https://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/09/sports/tennis/a-touch-of-wimbledon-in-pontiac-michigan.html
A video of the club can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=snjxMgFMOtg
“We’d like to be a stop for player who want to get a few days under our immaculate grass courts before taking off on a direct flight out of Detroit to Britain,” said Bill Massie, the owner and architect of the Wessen Lawn Tennis Club to WorldTennisMagazine.com here: https://www.worldtennismagazine.com/archives/14624.
“Our goal is to get a few players who want to get while also giving other players a competitive opportunity on grass to gain experience on the surface and a chance to earn some prize money.”
For information on sponsorship, hospitality, tickets, pro-am and recreational tennis opportunities on the grass courts during the event, contact Randy Walker at 917 770 0843 or Rwalker@NewChapterMedia.com