Marquette Hosting 40th Milwaukee Tennis Classic

The Town Club is hosting the eight-team event for the fifth year.
Sept. 14, 2015

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Celebrating the 40th Annual Milwaukee Tennis Classic, both Marquette University men’s and women’s tennis teams will commence their 2015-16 season-opening event on Sept. 18-20.

The event is hosted by Marquette University and The Town Club in Fox Point, Wis. The Town Club will also recognize their fifth year as hosts to this event.

“The hundreds of players who have participated in the Milwaukee Tennis Classic have experienced national competition, maintained lifelong friendships with other players and had a place to call their second home with their housing families,” head women’s coach Jody Bronson said. “All of these opportunities make this such a special event.”

Six schools will be represented in this event, consisting of both men’s and women’s teams from Marquette and Wisconsin, followed by Ball State and Valparaiso for the remaining men’s teams. For women, Cincinnati and Florida International will be competing as well.

“The Milwaukee Tennis Classic is a tremendous way for our guys to start the season,” head coach Steve Rodecap said. “The Town Club does a tremendous job serving as host for the event and we couldn’t be more thankful for the efforts of the host families. The fact that this year is the 40th anniversary makes it even more special.”

The tournament is held in a round-robin format of singles and doubles. A point system is utilized, awarding the most points to the winner(s) of each match. The singles/doubles player with the most points accumulated by the end of the last match on Sunday will be announced champion.

“The Milwaukee Tennis Classic, which is celebrating its 40th year, is one of the longest-tenured tournaments in the nation and Marquette University is proud to partner with the event once again in 2015,” Vice President and Director of Athletics Bill Scholl said. “The Town Club provides a unique environment for all of the competing student-athletes and we embrace the opportunity to welcome so many individuals to the greater Milwaukee community. Good luck to all of the participating players.”

Over the past four decades, sportsmanship has been a key role in the tournament’s format. The MTC Sportsmanship Award will be awarded to one player of each gender on Sunday, in honor of founder Charles C. (Chas) Mulcahy. Last year, Marquette’s Ana Pimienta won for the women. In the past 10 years, MU has captured seven awards total.

Nick Dykema, a junior for the Golden Eagles, is one of the team’s top-returning players. The Green Bay native was part of the men’s doubles championship team (Vukasin Teofanovic) last year at the MTC, helping to compile a 5-1 fall-doubles record last season.




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