2020 Mercer Tennis Classic Quarterfinals Set
Bellis, Kostyuk into the Finals
Frech, Kawa Take Doubles Title
MERCER UNIVERSITY and John Drew Smith Tennis Center – OCT 19 – OCT 25, 2020
USTA Pro Circuit 80K Event
MACON, Georgia, (October 24, 2020) The two best players all week in Macon will square off for the 80K Mercer Tennis Classic on Sunday and both players have reason to be excited.
One of the best comeback stories in tennis, Cici Bellis took out veteran and former Macon champ, Varvara Lepchenko on Saturday. Bellis anticipated well and moved a visibly tired Lepchenko from side-to-side in the 6-3, 1-0(ret) win.
Bellis said she put the hard work in before getting to Macon.
“I trained super hard before these two tournaments, so I was coming in prepared.”
She also said that she found the right balance during the break where there were no events to play.
“It was tough. I think everyone found it as a challenge. I think I found a good combination of training and working out, and it’s good to be back.”
Bellis hasn’t dropped a set in the tournament.
Marta Kostyuk has been great all week and has been hot since tennis resumed over a month ago. The 18-year old from Ukraine upset the No. 1 seed in the quarterfinals and took out a tough customer in Magdalena Frech from Poland on Saturday.
Since tennis resumed in 2020, Kostyuk reached the third round at the US Open, falling in three sets to Naomi Osaka, qualified for the French Open and reached the quarterfinals in doubles at Roland Garros.
Kostyuk has been in Macon now for over a week and is enjoying the city.
“Macon has been great. At the tennis here there are a lot of courts the hotel is great, lotd of food around and of course, Walmart.”
In the doubles final the Polish pair of Frech and Kawa defeated DiLorenzo and Loeb 7-5, 6-1.
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.
Singles Final on Sunday at 1pm
Catherine BELLIS (USA) Varvara LEPCHENKO (USA) 6-3 1-0 Ret.
Marta KOSTYUK (UKR)  Magdalena FRECH (POL) 6-3 6-2
Magdalena FRECH (POL) / Katarzyna KAWA (POL) Francesca DI LORENZO (USA) / Jamie LOEB 7-5 6-1
The women’s event features 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.