DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — In just two months, Dothan will host the first-ever UTSA Boys 14 National Clay Court Championships.
“We have up to 35 clay courts that are maintained to a pretty high standard and not only does it put Dothan on the map regionally but nationally,” said Hugh Casey, Westgate Tennis Center manager.
The level one prestigious tournament will bring almost 200 top junior tennis players from all over the country to compete in singles and doubles at the Westgate Tennis Complex and other facilities.
“A lot of these kids will go on to play college tennis and maybe even get a chance to play on the tour so it’s exciting for these kids to come through here and watch these kids as they progress through their career,” Casey said.
But young talented players are not the only thing coming through Dothan, millions of spending dollars will too.
“This is new money this is not recycled money this is brand new dollars coming into the community over 5000 hotel nights,” Visit Dothan CEO Aaron McCreight said.
Although, the city is used to hosting big sports tournaments like BMX, the state games coming in June, getting this tournament could be the largest one the city is on pace to beat last year’s record-breaking year for sports tourism dollars.
Dothan will host the tournament for the next two years — but with the city’s leadership and where Dothan is located geographically — they hope the tournament will stay around much longer.
The tournament will take place July 10-17.