GEORGETOWN, KY – Tennis anyone? How fast is your serve? Find out at the Fastest Serve Cage during the Fifth Third Bank Tennis Championships scheduled for July 22-28 at the Hillary J. Boone Tennis Complex on Cooper Drive in Lexington, across from Commonwealth Stadium.
Georgetown College’s tennis coach Jessica Cunningham and members of the Tigers Tennis Teams will be operating the serve cage during the afternoon and evening sessions, July 21-26. It is an opportunity for tennis enthusiasts at all levels to test their service speed. A radar gun will be in place to clock the hit. Stop by and for a nominal fee of just $1, test the speed of your serve. Compare it to the 100-plus MPH serves of the games top players.
All proceeds from the Fastest Serve go directly to Georgetown College tennis. If you love tennis and want to help your tennis team (additional donations welcome!), stop by and serve it up before you go to the matches.
Younger (ages 10 and up) tennis fans in your family who want to help out at the Fifth Third event may take advantage of GC’s “ball kid clinic” being held at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 17, at the College tennis courts. The clinic is being conducted by GC Tennis in conjunction with the Georgetown Tennis Association. Contact Julie Dick at 859-433-4226 to register and get more information.
“We’re excited to add this clinic to hopefully get some of the younger kids involved in working with the tournament as ball kids and expose them to this caliber of tennis,” says Coach Cunningham. “We teach the proper places to kneel and stand and the protocol for helping the matches move smoothly.”
The Fifth Third Bank Tennis Championships event is a $100,000 professional USTA tennis tournament with equal prize money for both men and women participants – one of only three tournaments in the world that holds this distinction.
In writing about it, the Wall Street Journal has said “…many of today’s tennis stars first drew notice at this event. The Fifth Third Bank Tennis Championships draws the next wave of athletes.” John Isner, James Blake, Tommy Haas, Lleyton Hewitt, Katarina Srebotnik, Justin Gimmelstob and many others have played in this tournament.
Qualifying rounds are scheduled for July 21-22 and are open to the public free of charge. Tickets for the championship events are $10 each with a weeklong pass available for $50. Additional tournament information is available online.