2021 Mercer Tennis Classic Singles Player Field
MERCER UNIVERSITY – John Drew Smith Tennis Center – OCT 18 – OCT 24, 2021
USTA Pro Circuit 80K Event
MACON, Georgia, (October 5, 2021) As professional women’s tennis returns to Macon with the
Mercer Tennis Classic held Oct. 18-24 at the John Drew Smith Tennis Center in Macon. The
2021 player field has been released.
“We will have a strong event in singles and doubles, stated Tournament Director and Mercer
Head Men’s and Women’s Tennis Coach, Eric Hayes.”
More than 30 players who have competed in the Macon event have gone on to compete for
Grand Slams in 2021.
2021 Initial Player Field:
1 USA Ann Li 71
2. FRA Fiona Ferro 83
3 USA Madison Brengle 87
4 USA Claire Liu 92
5 USA Lauren Davis 95
6 KAZ Zarina Diyas 109
7 JPN Misaki Doi 111
8 SVK Kristina Kucova 1129 BRA Beatriz Haddad Maia 116
10 MEX Renata Zarazua 117
11 JPN Nao Hibino 122
12 AUS Maddison Inglis 130
13 AUS Priscilla Hon 132
14 CHN Xiyu Wang 134
15 BLR Olga Govortsova 136
16 HUN Panna Udvardy 139
17 GBR Harriet Dart 141
18 USA Caty McNally 142
19 (Special Exempt, if needed)
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.
Player field notes:
5 players ranked in the WTA Top 100
21-year old American, Ann Li reached a world ranking of No.66 this summer
Fiona Ferro has been ranked as high as No. 39 and reached the 3rd round of the Australian
Open in 2021 19-year old American, Caty McNally reached the 3rd round of the US Open singles in 2020
and the finals of the US Open doubles in 2021, with Coco Gauff.
New for 2021 are night matches during the week. (Please check the order of play each day
for specific matches and times.)
Tuesday October 19 – Mercer Night with free admission with Mercer ID
Wednesday October 20 – Macon Tennis Legends NightThursday October 21 – Hero’s Night – Honoring NJTL, Autism Awareness and Veterans Now in its ninth year and fifth 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 – Truist Atlanta Open in July, is the largest). It is also the longest running professional
women’s tennis tournament in the state of Georgia. The event has been showcased on the
Tickets will be available onsite and online this year. $5 per day and $20 for the entire week.
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.
Live streaming information to be released soon.
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 theopportunity 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.
Middle Georgia Tennis Foundation
The mission of the Middle Georgia Tennis Foundation is to raise funds to support tennis
programs, especially youth programs in Middle Georgia.
For more information:
On-site PR contact: Rick Limpert (209) 920-7425 or email: Rick.Limpert@gmail.com