Sept. 29, 2015
Written by: Jenny Fischer
Marquette University women’s tennis freshman Courtney Hebard competed in her first collegiate tournament in Milwaukee Sept. 18-20 at the Milwaukee Tennis Classic (MTC). 25 years prior, her father Greg Hebard competed in the same tournament.
“I played in the Milwaukee Classic in 1990 when I was a junior at University of Iowa,” says Greg. “It was my first time going to Milwaukee and the environment of the Classic was terrific. I remember having a great host family, meeting a lot of friendly people associated with the tournament, and connecting with other players from across the country.”
The MTC was held in a round-robin format of singles and doubles. Courtney notched her first Marquette career wins against players from Florida International (Andrea Lazaro) and Wisconsin (Lauren Burich). Her parents from Florida, both sets of grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins were able to attend.
Greg says, “It was really fun to see Courtney embrace the challenge and beat strong players from Florida International and Wisconsin.”
Likewise, his daughter was happy to have support from her family on the sideline for both her and her team. “It doesn’t get much better than that,” says Courtney.
The MTC celebrated its 40th anniversary this year and its fifth year hosted at the Town Club in Fox Point, Wis. It holds a rich history of hosting a wide range of both men’s and women’s NCAA Division I teams from around the country. Greg says he remembers beating a tough player from Duke and losing to an Arizona State player as well.
“I really didn't know the tournament had been around for that long and all the history behind it,” says Courtney. “It’s pretty cool to be a part of that history now.”