2020 Mercer Tennis Classic Player Field
32 Player Qualifying Field Set to Begin Monday, Former Macon Champs in Qualies
MERCER UNIVERSITY and John Drew Smith Tennis Center – OCT 19 – OCT 25, 2020
USTA Pro Circuit 80K Event
MACON, Georgia, (October 18, 2020) Play begins monday in Macon with the 8th Mercer Tennis Classic.
The Mercer Tennis Classic is the first USTA Pro Circuit event being 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.
“We are ready,” stated Tournament Director and Mercer Head Men’s and Women’s Tennis Coach, Eric Hayes. “It’s always a big undertaking, but even more this year as we are committed to keeping things safe not only for the players, but officials and my staff.”
First round qualifying matches are set to start at 10am.
Canada’s Genie Bouchard is the top-seed in qualifying and takes on American, Alexa Glatch in a first round match. Mexico’s Renata Zarazua is the No. 2 seed in qualifying.
Former Macon champ, Kayla Day was granted a wildcard into qualifying. Another former Macon champ, Varvara Lepchenko is also in the qualifying draw.
Main draw starts on Wednesday.
Main draw participants include:
Monica Puig won the singles Gold Medal at the 2016 Rio Games representing Puerto Rico and has been ranked as high as No. 27.
American Caty McNally returns to Macon, is the frequent doubles partner of Coco Gauff and has already claimed two WTA doubles titles.
American Kristie Ahn qualified and reached the fourth round of the 2019 US Open.
Link to qualifying draw: https://www.itftennis.com/en/tournament/w80-macon-ga/usa/2020/w-itf-usa-40a-2020/draws-and-results/
Link to Order of Play for Monday
The women’s event will feature a 32-player singles qualifying draw, a 32-player singles main draw and a 16-team doubles draw. 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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