The Tennis Classic of Macon
Presented by the W.L. Amos Sr. Foundation

First USTA Pro Circuit Event to Use a Drone?

MACON, Georgia, (October 21, 2014) It seems drones are everywhere.

That includes the 2014 Tennis Classic of Macon.

In what is thought to be the first use of drone technology at a USTA Pro Circuit event, the Tennis Classic of Macon decided to put a drone up in the sky to shoot still and video images of the Tennis Classic of Macon’s Monday evening pro am.

The drone belongs to, and was piloted by Macon’s own John O’Shaughnessey, who used it to shoot pictures before and during the pro am.

Using a GoPro camera mounted on a pretty light drone, it was able to fly up to around 250 feet and circle and pan around the Jaime Kaplan Tennis Center at Stratford Academy in Macon.

The drone is surprisingly quiet. It made a bit of a whirrring sound as it went aloft and moved around the airspace of the property.

O’Shaughnessey says that FAA regulations come into play when you start getting over 400 feet, so he was careful to steer it well under that.

Using controls that look similar to a video game joystick, the drone was easily piloted and the images and video are crystal clear.

Play continues all week in at Stratford Academy in Macon.

This is one of the three fall events where U.S. players can earn points for the USTA’s wildcard into the first major of 2015, the Australian Open.

See the pictures here.