Singles Qualifying set for W.L. Amos, Sr. Tennis Classic in Macon


MACON, Georgia, (October 22, 2016) 23 Americans will take to the courts of Mercer University’s Leroy Peddy Tennis Center, come Sunday morning vying for four spots in the singles main draw of the W.L.Amos Sr. Tennis Classic.

Now in its fourth year, the W.L. Amos Sr. Tennis Classic, a USTA Pro Circuit 50K event, brings a 32 player singles draw and 16 doubles teams to Macon with a 32 player qualifying draw the first weekend. It’s eight days of world class tennis and the longest running professional women’s tennis tournament in the state of Georgia.

It’s the qualifying that will take center stage on Sunday as 32 players will be whittled down to four qualifiers for the main draw, which starts on Tuesday.

Americans, including former college stars in Danielle Rose Collins (Virginia), Sanaz Marand (North Carolina), Amy Zhu (Michigan) and Quinn Gleason (Notre Dame) will all be in action in matches that will be played on four courts starting at 10 am.

As in the past, players come to Macon to play for $50,000 in prize money, valuable WTA ranking points and a spot in the first major of 2017, the Australian Open.

Young American players are also expected to make up the bulk of the top seeds in the main draw of singles. Samantha Crawford, Jennifer Brady, Grace Min and Taylor Townsend are all on the entry list.

Former U.S. Open quarterfinalist, Melanie Oudin, of Marietta, Ga. is also entered as is Macon defending singles champion, Rebecca Peterson of Sweden.

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 an event where many top junior players get their start on the professional stage.

“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.

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 annual “Kid’s Clinic” event with free lessons, food and more on Sunday, October 23. Also the players will make visits to local schools to promote tennis as a lifetime sport and the professional event. Play will begin each morning and continue until the slate of matches in singles and doubles is finished for the day.

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