Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 12:00 Noon
Tennis Takes Over Downtown Macon

Macon – Join all your friends and the Macon Tennis Community for a special event in Downtown Macon. Grab a racquet and rally with the pros, ask questions, take pictures and get autographs.

What: Tennis in the Streets

Where: Cherry and 3rd St. – Downtown Macon

When: Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at Noon (If Rain, event will be cancelled)

Why: To kickoff the start of the W.L. Amos Sr. Tennis Classic at Mercer University and celebrate tennis.

Who: World-ranked professional tennis players. Sponsors, partners, media, Tournament Director and Mercer Head Men’s and Women’s Tennis Coach, Eric Hayes.

Notes: W.L. Amos Sr. Tennis Classic play begins on Sunday, October 22, with qualifying matches. Many players competing in Macon played in the U.S. Open and Wimbledon this summer.

Now in its fifth year, the W.L. Amos Sr. Tennis Classic, has moved up to a USTA Pro Circuit 80K event, with a 32 player singles draw and 16 doubles teams to Macon, along with a 32 player qualifying draw the first weekend. It’s eight days of world class tennis and now the second biggest professional tournament in the state of Georgia in terms of prize money (ATP World Tour 250 event – BB&T Atlanta Open in July is largest) and the longest running professional women’s tennis tournament in the state of Georgia.
For the first time in the history of the tournament, a former Grand Slam singles champion has entered in Francesca Schiavone of Italy. Schiavone, who has been ranked as high as No. 4 in the world, won the 2010 French Open singles title by defeating Sam Stosur in the finals. Schiavone has won eight WTA singles titles and is currently ranked No. 81 in the WTA rankings.

“All you have to do is watch Wimbledon and the U.S. Open to get a preview of the players that come to Macon,” added Hayes. “I’ve been running these USTA Pro Circuit tournaments for 15 years, and I’ve had players like Sloane Stephens (Current U.S. Open Champ) play my events, but this one is going to be special.”

Players come to Macon to play for $80,000 in prize money, valuable WTA ranking points and a spot in the first major of 2018, the Australian Open in Melbourne.

For more information, contact:

Rick Limpert, Tournament Media Contact and Press Aide

The W.L. Amos Sr. Foundation

The W.L. Amos Sr. Foundation is the title sponsor of the tournament.

Macon Tennis Association

The Macon Tennis Association was one of the first Community Tennis Associations in Georgia, founded in the early 1970’s by John Drew Smith, Macon’s first teaching pro, with help from his “Legion of Ladies” and other avid tennis supporters.Since early days, MTA volunteers have hosted junior and adult tournament events, bringing thousands of visitors to our city and courts each year. We welcome each of you as you join the many champions who have played in Macon along the way to tennis success!

With a current membership of approximately 1,200 and over 85 teams playing USTA League Tennis each season, the MTA is a thriving organization. Partnering with the City of Macon Parks & Recreation Departments, the MTA offers the beginning junior or adult player the opportunity to learn this great game, then to join team play at his/her appropriate level.

For more information:
On-site PR contact: Rick Limpert (209) 920-7425 or email: Rick.Limpert@gmail.com
Website: www.ustamaconclassic.com
Twitter: @USTAMacon80K
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WL-Amos-Sr-Tennis-Classic
Instagram: wl_amos_tennis

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