ASHLAND, Ky. The Braidy Industries $60,000 Women’s Tennis Classic is serving Ashland well.

The ongoing tournament has brought professional players from around the world to compete at the Ashland Tennis Center, positively impacting the community in more ways than one.

“I think it is fantastic. I think it is an awesome opportunity for Ashland, KY and the local businesses,” said Dawn Lemaster, who was at the tournament Thursday morning where her son, Xander, was volunteering as a ball boy.

Lemaster had already spent a few days at the tournament and said her son has enjoyed watching and learning the rules of tennis. She added she is excited to see the tournament return to the area in the following years.

Regina Brown’s daughter, Libby, was also volunteering as a ball girl. Brown said her kids have been playing tennis for years and likes that the tournament is drawing others to the sport.

“It’s really nice that Ashland is able to bring something like this here to show our kids that there’s other sports and more things to do to get outside,” she said.