Professional tennis is returning to Vermont this summer. Grand Slam Tennis Tours, the Stowe-based company that brought the Fed Cup to Stowe in 2007, has partnered with Spruce Peak at Stowe and Stowe Mountain Lodge to host a six-player exhibition event at Spruce Peak Stadium this August 22-24.
The Stowe Mountain Lodge Classic is being crafted as a warm-up to the U.S. Open, which is held in New York the following week, and will give the American tennis calendar an exciting late-August event. The Stowe Mountain Lodge Classic’s confirmed players are No. 2 Canadian player Vasek Pospisil, former World No. 2 Tommy Haas, World No. 22 Albert Ramos-Viñolas, emerging teen player Frances Tiafoe, American ATP NextGen player Reilly Opelka, Jeremy Chardy of France, and American NextGen player Jared Donaldson.
“We expected strong response because we know what happened in 2007 for the Fed Cup, but we’ve been surprised by the amount of out-of-town interest: Boston, Rhode Island, Montreal. People are traveling to Vermont to check out this first-year event,” said Andrew Chmura, president of Grand Slam Tennis Tours. “Now that the courts have been built and painted, the venue is really taking shape and turning into the viewing experience we wanted to create.”
This year, the newly designed Spruce Peak Stadium, located at the base of Spruce Peak, will have a capacity of nearly 2,800, with three tiers of ticketing: Courtside, Category 1 and Category 2. Courtside seating will provide guests access to the Spruce Peak Viewing Lounge, an elevated hospitality space above the court, framed by the stunning backdrop of Mt. Mansfield. Signature cocktails will be provided courtesy of Barr Hill and WhistlePig, two of Vermont’s award-winning spirits, and Idletyme will provide Stowe-brewed beer, as well.
For title sponsor Stowe Mountain Lodge, the tournament provides a platform to showcase the beautiful properties of Spruce Peak at Stowe. The ATP pro players will stay in rooms at the Stowe Mountain Lodge and use the facilities of the Stowe Mountain Club at Spruce Peak.
“We are thrilled to host the Stowe Mountain Lodge Classic here at Spruce Peak,” said Sam Gaines, President of Spruce Peak at Stowe, “We can’t wait to introduce tennis fans around the world to our community, including the luxurious Stowe Mountain Lodge and Spa, the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, and all of the retail and dining throughout our village center.”
Tickets are on sale now at www.stowetennis.com. Packages can be purchased online or by phone at (802) 549-4658.