Kentucky Bank’s Grand Slam Tennis Partnership

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Kurami Nara, Winner of the 2010 Women's Lexington Challenger championship (photo by Charlie Baglan)

Kentucky Bank steps up as the title sponsor of the state’s only professional tennis tournament

Now in its 20th year, the state’s only professional tennis tournament has a new title sponsor in Kentucky Bank, who just took over the reins from Fifth Third.

“We are very proud to be able to usher the Kentucky Bank Tennis Championships into a new era,” said Louis Prichard, president and CEO of Kentucky Bank. “The championships are important not only to tennis enthusiasts but also to virtually all of us in this region.

“This one-of-a-kind tournament brings national and international attention to Central Kentucky and to our entire state. Throughout our history, Kentucky Bank has been committed to projects that support our communities and region, and that is why we are so pleased to be able to help keep this tournament in Kentucky.”

Taking place July 21-27 at the University of Kentucky’s Hilary J. Boone Tennis Center, the tournament will celebrate its 20-year milestone with seven days of exciting professional tennis and additional community events, including free tennis clinics and workshops for kids, and special tournament nights in which local amateur players can participate.

As part of the USTA Pro-Circuit, the Kentucky Bank Tennis Championships will award $100,000 in both the men’s and women’s divisions. The event has helped launch the careers of many tennis stars, including last year’s Wimbledon women’s singles champion Marion Bartoli, James Blake, Lleyton Hewitt, Melanie Oudin, Mardy Fish and John Isner.

And now with a newly granted non-profit status, the Kentucky Bank Tennis Championship’s proceeds will be used to benefit several children’s tennis programs in Kentucky that promote healthy activity and teach kids a sport they can play for a lifetime.

“Kentucky Bank’s title sponsorship demonstrates its continued commitment to support and give back to the community through this charity-run event,” said Guy Colson, president of Lexington Challenger Tennis Charity, Inc., a new non-profit formed in 2012 to help raise funds to benefit the local and state community. “The bank’s excitement about this tournament has elevated everyone’s enthusiasm as the professional players descend on Lexington for the 20th year.”

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