Wichita Tennis Open Pro Circuit Returns for 2023–Here are the Details
It’s the time of year tennis fans in Kansas and surrounding areas look forward to with great anticipation–the Wichita Tennis Open Pro Circuit is back for 2023, and with it comes high-level competition from tennis’ rising stars, many of whom go on to play in Grand Slams and other pro events!
From June 12 to June 25, Wichita State University’s Sheldon Coleman Tennis Complex comes alive with the sounds of cheers, gasps, and applause from the crowds as they watch intense, hard-fought matches between some of the world’s brightest stars. It’s your chance to watch these players battle it out in our own backyard, as the WTO is the only pro tennis event that takes place here in Kansas. $25,000 in prize money is up for grapes in both the Men’s and Women’s draws.
Highly-decorated former pro, Olympic champ in adaptive tennis, and Wichita’s own Nick Taylor is this year’s Master of Ceremonies.
The event kicks off on Monday, June 1, with an Opening Party that’s open to the public with a $100 minimum donation (which you can make here, if you’d like to attend). It’s an opportunity for tennis fans to meet the pro players ahead of the tournament and mingle with other tennis enthusiasts as you enjoy wine, beer, a delicious dinner, and upbeat music. A $500 donation will get you into the Opening Party, as well as the opportunity to participate in one-on-one pro/am play, limited-edition WTO merch, an open bar, recognition in the tournament brochure, AND a one-on-one, one-hour tennis lesson with some of the top pros from WSU and Genesis. Learn more about this here. The WTO is a non-profit event, and donations will help support tennis in our communities.
Other special events taking place during the WTO include:
MCB Community Kids’ Day, sponsored by the Maureen Connolly Brinker Tennis Foundation and hosted by USTA Kansas’ own Jaren Glaser. This event is on Friday, June 16, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and is led by WSU Head Tennis Coach Colin Foster. Children will participate in fun activities and drills before enjoying complimentary food and drink as they catch pro matches on the main courts immediately after.
Wheelchair Tennis Demo on Wednesday, June 21, at 6 p.m. Prepare to be inspired as you watch some of the best adaptive tennis players put their skills to the test for the WTO crowd.
Night at the Open, which takes place Friday evening, June 23, celebrates the marriage of tennis, fun, and fashion with a fashion show between main-draw and doubles semifinal matches. The fashion show will highlight the latest in athletic and casual fashion, so you can hit the courts in style the next time you play.
The draw and schedule of events will be posted in the days to come; however, if you’d like to read more about the WTO, its history, and other special events taking place during the tournament, visit wichitatennisopen.com.