Ladies’s tennis in Cleveland is one thing to like: Kyle Ross


Guest columnist Kyle Ross is the tournament director of Tennis in the country, a WTA Tour event, and works with Topnotch Management, a sports agency based here in Cleveland. Topnotch has hosted the annual ATP Challenger Tour event in Cleveland every winter since 2019, and now Cleveland is home to one of the largest women’s tennis events in the United States with Tennis in the Land.

Tennis is the most popular women’s sport in the world, and the Women’s Tennis Association Tour lands in some of the world’s most famous cities: Rome, Paris, Palm Springs, and Tokyo, to name a few.

Cleveland joins that list this August.

Tennis in the Land will bring some of the most talented and exciting female athletes to town to compete for pride, money and ranking points all week before they compete in the US Open. Cleveland is no stranger to major events. We’re a Browns town. The Indians and the Cavaliers entertain us all year round. We do NFL Drafts and MLB All-Star games and concerts of all kinds – and the city supports them.

This summer we’re asking ourselves a question that isn’t asked often: If we bring the world’s greatest women’s sport to town and turn one of our favorite music venues into a tennis venue for a week, will Cleveland prove to be backing it up? We think we know the answer to this question, but here I would like to share a few additional reasons that make the event special for the city – and it’s worth coming here:

Women’s tennis is great. It is the most popular women’s sport in the world. WTA stars are piling up the list of the highest paid female athletes in the world. Tennis is the second most betting sport in the world after football.

When fans show up at FirstEnergy Stadium this summer, they’ll join millions of fans watching live TV across the country (on the Tennis Channel and Bally’s Ohio) and around the world.

Stunning place for tennis. I’ve been to many tennis tournaments in my life and Cleveland’s venue is really something special. Right along the river, with great views of the city and with dozens of boats and barges quietly sailing by all week, it’s a unique tennis tournament venue.

It will grab the attention of the tennis world when it is revealed later this summer.

This is not a one-time thing. This is an annual WTA Tour event in Cleveland that will return for years to come, and this is an opportunity to say you attended the very first edition.

All of our sports and events had a first game and a first year; Come out and create a Cleveland tradition!

Cleveland is supposed to prove that they support women’s sports. Get out there and turn it up. Together we can make this a world-class sporting event that Cleveland can call its own, showing boys and girls around town that professional sport is not just for men.

As with many things, the best way to learn more about the tournament is to see for yourself. Tickets are available from Sunday, July 22nd through to the finals on Saturday, July 28th.

The games run all day and we illuminate the stadium square during the night with 24,000 watts of light throughout the week to ensure plenty of entertainment in the evening too.

Tickets are sold out, so find out more and reserve your seat at

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