Cleveland, OH - Cleveland will once again shine on a global stage, with a weeklong Tennis in the Land tournament at Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica on the west bank of the flats. This inaugural tournament, which is being held Aug. 22-28, is a WTA 250 event showcasing 48 of the Top 100 women's tennis players from around the world and is a precursor for the women's U.S. Open.
The main court will be set up inside Jacobs Pavilion. There will be 3 other match courts and 2 practice courts just outside the venue as well. Cleveland-based Topnotch Management, which focuses on tennis and soccer, is putting on the tournament. The firm also represents a local player competing in the tournament as well. Lauren Davis is a Gates Mills native and is currently ranked #94 in the world.
David Gilbert, President and CEO of the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission raved about the event and it's impact on the city of Cleveland. Gilbert says, "After a successful NFL Draft here in Cleveland, it's all about attracting more events to the city. When we are out talking to others in the event world, they know when a city is doing well. It's not just about getting events, it's also about doing them successfully." Gilbert says the event should have an estimated $2 million dollar impact in Cleveland.
Organizers said they have an eight-year commitment in Cleveland for this tennis tournament, with a three-year agreement with Jacobs Pavilion.
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