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Dow Tennis Classic

Midland's National Tennis Image


The Original Best Tennis Town

Midland provides a unique environment for tennis with incredible corporate and community support that was evident when Midland was voted the Best Tennis Town in 2009.  The $100,000 Best Tennis Town award was continues to be distributed throughout the community to grow the game of tennis at schools, parks and community courts.  

National Footprints

The Greater Midland Tennis Center is one of the largest municipal tennis facilities in the country, with 40 hard and clay courts.

The Tennis Center is a USTA-designated National Training site for 10 & Under Tennis, and TIA (Tennis Industry Association) Cardio Tennis National Center, as well as two-time USTA National Top 50 Welcome Center, and TIA National Top Ten Pro Shop.  

Clearly, the Paul Oreffice Outdoor Tennis Complex has received its share of national prominence as an exciting new venture, one of the Midwest’s premier tennis venues and hosted the 2015 US Open Playoff (Midwest) as well as numerous Midwest and National junior tournaments.

Early on the Tennis Center was designated a national top 25 municipal tennis facility by Tennis Magazine. We should probably list the 20+ national junior championships since 2004, as well as five high school state titles since 2009 earned by juniors who train at our Tennis Academy.

The Dow Tennis Classic, a USTA Pro Circuit Event, has earned a unique national image as a top stop on the 90-city tour, and one of only two $100,000 tournaments.

The longest-running  tournament on the USTA Circuit, the Dow Tennis Classic remains Michigan’s only pro tennis, and the season’s top entertainment/sports event, drawing 15,000 fans.

It’s interesting to note that the Tennis Center can call on a world-wide network of supporters from our two international corporations who played their tennis on our courts. They stepped up big time for the email voting for Best Tennis Town; then assisted with funding the Paul Oreffice Outdoor Tennis Complex.

Finally, although we seem to take it for granted, others in the industry treat the Tennis Center as a leader in scope of programming that provides tennis for the mentally and physically disabled, wheelchair athletes, youngsters as young as two, and seniors in their nineties.


These examples of national and Midwest influence for Midland and Tennis Center are part of the national conversation when this community of excellence is discussed anywhere.

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