Four Weeks to W.L. Amos, Sr. Tennis Classic in Macon
Annual Tennis Tournament Now in its 4th Year
MERCER UNIVERSITY – LEROY PEDDY TENNIS CENTER – OCT 23 – OCT 30, 2016
Preparations Underway for 2016 W.L. Amos Sr. Tennis Classic
MACON, Georgia, (September 26, 2016) In less than five weeks, some of the top women professional tennis players in the world will be returning to the courts of Mercer University’s Leroy Peddy Tennis Center.
It’s the W.L. Amos Sr. Tennis Classic, a USTA Pro Circuit 50K event, now in its fourth year where once again there will be a 32 player singles draw and 16 doubles teams. The opening weekend, a 32 player qualifying draw will play down to four main draw singles qualifiers.
As in the past, players in the top-100 are expected to come to Macon to play for $50,000 in prize money and valuable WTA ranking points.
Past players include many current top-100 players including: Madison Brengle, Shelby Rodgers, Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, Nicole Gibbs, Louisa Chirico and 2015 champ Kateryna Bondarenko. It’s also a tournament where many top junior players get their start on the professional stage. The entry list will be announced about three weeks before the tournament starts.
“We are so thankful to all the sponsors for making this tournament a reality each year as it demonstrates the popularity and support Macon and the surrounding areas have for tennis,” said tournament director, Eric Hayes, also the Head Men’s and Women’s Tennis Coach at Mercer University.
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,” adds Hayes. “Talking to the players, I think they had even more fun than the fans, especially with the tournament now being held on campus. We need to continue getting that support and then keep building on it.”
Many players that have played in Macon have spent time in the top-100 in the world and 20 former “Classic” players were in the main draw at the U.S. Open in New York, last month. Highlights of the week include the Pro Am and Player/Sponsor party and the visits players make to local schools to promote tennis as a lifetime sport and the professional event.
Volunteers will be needed once again. Call Mercer tennis coach and tournament director Eric Hayes at (478) 301-2269.