The Tennis Classic of Macon
Presented by the W.L. Amos Sr. Foundation
Mercer University * LeRoy Peddy Tennis Center * October 25 – Nov. 1, 2015
Qualifying Begins Sunday
MACON, Georgia, (October 24, 2015) Singles qualifying begins Sunday morning at 10 a.m. on the courts of Mercer University’s Leroy Peddy Tennis Center for the 2015 Tennis Classic of Macon. One half of the qualifying draw of this USTA Pro Circuit event is made up of Americans, two of which, should attract local interest. Nina Stojanovic, a 19-year old from Serbia ranked No. 287 in the world is the top seed in the qualifying draw.
The two players with local ties are: Jordan Bowie, a high school player from Macon and Aikaterini Stavroulaki, from Greece, who is a junior on the Mercer University women’s tennis team. Bowie plays Lindsay Lee-Waters, a veteran American player and Stavroulaki faces American, Michaela Gordon.
The W.L. Amos Sr. Foundation is the primary sponsor of this 50K event that will take place October 25 – November 1 at Mercer University. This is one of the three fall events where U.S. players can earn points for the USTA’s wildcard into the 2016 Australian Open.
Tournament director and Mercer University Head Men’s and Women’s Tennis Coach Eric Hayes says fans having the chance to see local players in a pro tournament like this is a great opportunity.
“It’s one of the great things about the qualifying draw of a USTA Pro Circuit event,” said Hayes. “Tennis fans in Macon can show up on Sunday and see two our own competing against the best in the world. Once again, I’d like to thank the city, our volunteers and the Macon tennis community that put a lot of hard work into making the event so memorable, on and off the courts.”
Qualifying action will take place on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday morning. The main draw of singles and doubles will start Tuesday afternoon. Other notables in the qualifying draw are former Wimbledon doubles champion, Vania King, former University of Georgia All-American, Lauren Herring and Duluth, Georgia’s Caroline Price.
Play all week will take place on the campus of Mercer University where there is easy parking and fans can come and and go as they please with a day or week pass.
Former Tennis Classic of Macon players, Ajla Tomljanovic and Madison Brengle have been fixtures in the WTA top 50 for 2015.
Players will compete in singles and doubles and a 32-woman qualifying event will start on Sunday, October 25, 2015
Live streaming of the USTA Pro Circuit can be viewed on the USTA Pro Circuit’s website at www.procircuit.usta.com.
Tickets are available at $5 per day and $20 for the entire week. Call Mercer tennis coach and tournament director Eric Hayes at (478) 301-2269.
About the USTA Pro Circuit
With approximately 90 tournaments hosted annually throughout the country and prize money ranging from $10,000 to $100,000, the USTA Pro Circuit is the pathway to the US Open and tour-level competition for aspiring tennis players and a frequent battleground for established professionals. Celebrating its 35th anniversary in 2014, the USTA Pro Circuit provides players with the opportunity to gain professional ranking points, and it has since grown to become the largest developmental tennis circuit in the world, offering nearly $3 million in prize money. Last year, more than 1,000 men and women from more than 70 countries competed in cities nationwide. John Isner, Maria Sharapova, Sam Querrey, Sloane Stephens, Victoria Azarenka and Andy Murray are among today’s top stars who began their careers on the USTA Pro Circuit.
The Leroy Peddy Tennis Center at Mercer University
The LeRoy Peddy Tennis Center is the home for Mercer University men’s and women’s tennis. The facility is located just inside the South campus entrance, nestled among its pine tree lined western perimeter and adjacent to MU’s softball stadium and practice fields. The Center features a total of eight courts, aligned in a picturesque bi-level configuration (four courts each on the upper and lower tiers). The lighted venue also has ample parking and seating for fans on either level and a park-like walkway for access between the two sections.
The W.L. Amos Sr. Foundation
The W.L. Amos Sr. Foundation is the presenting sponsor of the tournament
Middle Georgia Tennis Foundation
The mission of the Middle Georgia Tennis Foundation is to raise funds to support tennis programs, especially youth programs in Middle Georgia.