It’s here once again! The Kentucky Bank Tennis Championships is back and has been the staple tennis tournament coming to Lexington for over 20 years. This international event brings in more than 100 professional men’s and women’s tennis players from around the world to compete in this USTA Challenger-level tournament. The event will take place July 27 – August 2 at the University of Kentucky’s Hilary J. Boone Tennis Complex. You’re invited to experience Kentucky’s only professional tennis tournament.
Attracting many players that have gone on to make big names themselves such as John Isner, Lleyton Hewitt, Marion Bartoli and Melanie Oudin, the Kentucky Bank Tennis Championships tournament truly provides tennis fans with an up-close and intimate experience unprecedented in the Lexington community.
New to this year is the introduction of perpetual winner trophies, which will be awarded to both the men’s and women’s tournament champions and have been provided by a select tournament sponsor and Kentucky Bank. Both made of Sterling silver, the trophies are an exquisite addition to this perennial event. The men’s trophy cup and cover are hallmarked for Sheffield 1895, with the maker’s mark of James Dixon and Sons. The women’s gilt cup and cover are designed in the Adams style, with a reticulated body exhibiting the original James Powell green glass liner, hallmarked for London 1905 with the maker’s mark of Thomas William Dobson.
Along with the exciting tennis play, the Kentucky Bank Tennis Championships also offers other family-fun events for fans of all ages to enjoy. These activities include Pure Barre exercise classes on center court, Kids Day, Men’s and Women’s nights, Pro-Am matches, Round-Robin tennis, special Big Blue exhibitions and much more, finally being capped-off by the UK Hall of Fame induction ceremony which will be held on Championship Sunday before the Finals. Come and enjoy something different each day and night of the tournament.
Another fun and popular way to involve the family is for children to participate as ball kids. Kids ages 10 and above can volunteer for an afternoon, an evening or all week if they’d like, helping on the court and experiencing the players and the action closer than any fan. Training to participate as a ball-kid is provided before the tournament, and kids are fed, given breaks and monitored during their on-court shifts.
The Kentucky Bank Tennis Championships offer a week of fun for the whole family, starting with the best tennis fans we’ll see in the entire state and ending with the opportunity for everyone to be part of this exciting event. Tickets are $10 per day/$50 weekly pass and are available at the gate or online.
For more information, please visit lexingtonchallenger.com or contact the Tournament Director, Brooks Lundy, at [email protected] or 859-509-9707.