What: A $100,000 professional USTA tennis tournament with equal prize money for both men and women participants. We are one of only three tournaments in the world that holds this distinction.
What is the USTA Pro Circuit?
The USTA has 94 tournaments throughout the country and prize money ranging from $10,000 to $100,000, the USTA Pro Circuit is the pathway to the US Open and tour-level competition for aspiring tennis players and a frequent battleground for established professionals. On average, more than 1,100 men and women from 79 countries compete on the USTA Pro Circuit annually for more than $3 million in prize money and valuable ATP and WTA Tour ranking points.
Mission of The Tournament: Lexington Challenger Tennis Charity, Inc. was organized in 2012 by a core group of conscience minded citizens with the purpose to raise charitable funds to benefit the local and state community. The idea initiated with the opportunity to generate money through a key event – the Kentucky Bank Tennis Championships, a USTA Pro Circuit Tennis Tournament for Men and Women. This event along with many other fundraising throughout the year will provide the resources to disperse funds to other charities in the community that operate with like minded missions. The Charity plans to generate financial support to benefit other established charities with an emphasis on education and assistance to further healthy living to individuals and groups in the community. It is the goal of the Charity to use its time and efforts to highlight the necessity that people must maintain healthy lifestyles with emphasis on sports to increase their life expectancy and minimize health problems. The Charity also supports the idea that assisting organizations with funding to create, maintain and improve facilities in the community that promote physical activity, the community as a whole can improve their health and well being. Therefore, the Charity will select like charities to contribute proceeds raised through the USTA tournament and other fundraising activities.
Supplemental Events include: Pre-Qualifier Wildcard Tournament on July 18-20, Pro –Am Event on July 24-25, Kid’s Day on July 26, Ladies’ Night on July 26, Big Blue Night on July 27, Men’s Night on July 29 and Bourbon Social on July 30
When: July 25-31, 2016 Main Draw, Qualifying Rounds July 23-24, 2016
Where: Hilary J. Boone Tennis Complex – University of Kentucky – Lexington, Ky. – Directions
Who: The Wall Street Journal referred to our event as “…many of today’s tennis stars first drew notice at this event. The Kentucky Bank Tennis Championships draws the next wave of athletes.” John Isner, James Blake, Tommy Haas, Lleyton Hewitt, Katarina Srebotnik, Justin Gimmelstob and many others have played in our tournament.
Why: Our tournament is designed to create opportunities for young tennis players to enter the pro tour. We also hope to create money for local charities and provide local tennis enthusiasts an opportunity to watch professional tennis.
Tickets $10 or Week-long Passes $50 / Qualifying Weekend is free / Purchase online – CLICK HERE