The Fifth Third Bank Classic of Evansville hits the courts once again on July 20th with the start of the qualifying tournament. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the $10,000 United States Tennis Association professional tournament.
The event will be held at Wesselman Park Tennis Center starting with the qualifying play on July 20th and ending with the finals of both singles and doubles championships of the main draw on Sunday, July 27th.
There will be about 100 players from all over the world competing in this years event. Sixty-four players will compete in the qualifying tournament for places in the 32-player field.
A few of the local players from the surrounding Tri-State will compete in the qualifying tournament for a small number of the main draw spots. These players include Abby Greif of Newburgh. Katelyn Fulcher of Henderson is also competing this year. Whitney Wilson of Evansville will also challenge.
Also, coming out of retirement is Stephanie Hazlett of Evansville. The former Fifth Third Classic Champion has already received a wild card into the main draw, and is hoping to make a promising run at the title once again.