Countdown is on to Tennis Classic of Macon

Presented by the W.L. Amos Sr. Foundation

2015 Tennis Classic of Macon Moves to Mercer University

MACON, Georgia, (September  23, 2015) In just a matter of weeks, some of the top women professional tennis players in the world will be taking to the courts of Mercer University’s Leroy Peddy Tennis Center.

Another stellar international field is expected in Macon as players attempt to win ranking points and gain experience as they move up to the top tier of women’s tennis.

Past players include current world No. 37, Madison Brengle, world No. 53, Ajla Tomljanovic, who last week lost in the semifinals of the WTA event in Tokyo and world No. 83, and defending Macon champ, Kateryna Bondarenko, who qualified and reached the second round of the 2015 U.S. Open.

“Tennis fans in Macon should be excited with the world class field that will be coming again this year,” stated tournament director and Mercer University’s men’s and women’s tennis coach, Eric Hayes, who is also excited about the new venue, on campus at Mercer. “The event will bring tremendous exposure to Mercer and the tennis program.”

Hayes says he is always looking for additional partners for the tournament and there still is time to get involved.

“It has been great to see the entire Macon tennis community get behind the tournament and interact with the players,” explained Hayes. “Talking to the players, I think they had even more fun than the fans. We need to continue getting that support and then keep building on it.”

This year, the Tennis Classic of Macon will once again be a 50K event.

Many players that have played in Macon have spent time in the top-100 in the world.

Tickets will be available soon, and volunteers will be needed once again. Call Mercer tennis coach and tournament director Eric Hayes at (478) 301-2269.

About the Leroy Peddy Tennis Center

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.

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, Mardy Fish, Victoria Azarenka and Andy Murray are among today’s top stars who began their careers on the USTA Pro Circuit.

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.

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