2020 Mercer Tennis Classic Marks Return of Pro Circuit Tennis
MERCER UNIVERSITY – John Drew Smith Tennis Center – OCT 19 – OCT 25, 2020
USTA Pro Circuit 80K Event
MACON, Georgia, (September 20, 2020) Professional women’s tennis returns to Macon as the Mercer Tennis Classic will be the first USTA Pro Circuit event held in the U.S. since professional tennis came to a halt in March. The women’s 80K event will be held Oct. 19-25 at the John Drew Smith Tennis Center in Macon.
“This is exciting. It is great for tennis and our fall Pro Circuit event. With all the young players and former Macon players playing well at the US Open, and current and former top-100 players being familiar with Macon, we will have a strong event in singles and doubles, explains Tournament Director and Mercer Head Men’s and Women’s Tennis Coach, Eric Hayes.”
More than 20 players who have competed in the Macon event have gone on to compete for Grand Slams.
The women’s event will feature a 32-player singles qualifying draw, a 32-player singles main draw and a 16-team doubles draw with a field made up of well-known professional players as well as up-and-coming junior tennis stars.
“We are thrilled for the USTA Pro Circuit to return to action this October,” said Megan Rose, Senior Director, Competitive Pathway, USTA. “This event will provide the players a long-awaited opportunity to compete and showcase some of the top rising talent in American tennis.”
Hayes agrees and so does previous Tennis Channel coverage.
“It’s a testament to how much our event has grown and the quality of field we get each year that the Tennis Channel would want to come to Macon and show live tennis. I personally hear from tennis coaches, fans and players all over the world when the coverage from Macon airs. It’s amazing coverage and exposure for not only Mercer, but for the city of Macon and Middle Georgia.”
Now in its eighth year and fourth year as an W80 event, the Mercer Tennis Classic will once again feature many of the best women tennis players in the world. It is 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 the largest). It is also the longest running professional women’s tennis tournament in the state of Georgia. The 2019 event was showcased on the Tennis Channel.
The Mercer Tennis Classic has featured players with major titles, including 2014 Macon singles champ, Kateryna Bondarenko, of Ukraine, and her sister, Alona, who she teamed with to win the 2008 Australian Open Doubles title, and 2010 French Open singles champion Francesca Schiavone, of Italy, who was the tournament’s top seed in 2018.
The event will adhere to all government-mandated COVID-19 restrictions, including social-distancing, throughout the duration of the tournament.
Tournament volunteers are needed and any help is always appreciated. Call Mercer tennis coach and tournament director Eric Hayes at (478) 301-2269.
About the John Drew Smith Tennis Center
The John Drew Smith Tennis Center (JDSTC) is regarded as one of the top 25 public municipal facilities in the nation by Tennis Magazine and the United States Tennis Association. It has 24 tennis courts, 6 pickleball courts, a beautiful observation deck and pro shop. The facility is a haven for programming for juniors, adults, and everyone in the community. John Drew Smith Tennis Center is renowned for hosting local, state, and national tennis events. Tennis players not only from the state of Georgia but all over the country, are familiar with JDS. Almost every competitive junior player from the state of Georgia in the last 30 years has played at this renowned facility. The activity is so extensive and the atmosphere is so conducive to tennis that, in 2005, Racquet Sports Industry (RSI) named John Drew Smith Tennis Center the Municipal Facility of the Year.
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. The USTA launched its Pro Circuit in 1979 to provide 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. Victoria Azarenka, Eugenie Bouchard, John Isner, Madison Keys, Andy Murray, Kei Nishikori, Sam Querrey and Caroline Wozniacki are among today’s top stars who began their careers on the USTA Pro Circuit.
For more information:
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