2021 Mercer Tennis Classic Qualifying Finals on Tuesday, Main Draws Released
Mercer Pair in Doubles Draw
MERCER UNIVERSITY – John Drew Smith Tennis Center – OCT 18 – OCT 24, 2021
USTA Pro Circuit 80K Event
MACON, Georgia, (October 18, 2021) The Mercer Tennis Classic got underway Monday morning as singles qualifying started on four courts. Matches will be held Oct. 18-24 at the John Drew Smith Tennis Center in Macon. The 2021 draws have been released.
“Looks like great weather all week and especially nice to see fans out enjoying the tennis,” stated Tournament Director and Mercer Head Men’s and Women’s Tennis Coach, Eric Hayes.
The first round of singles qualifying was completed on Monday with most of the favorites advancing. Americans Hanna Chang, Danielle Lao, Alycia Parks and Whitney Osuigwe all advanced.
Of special note, a doubles team with a Mercer University flavor makes a main draw appearance on Tuesday. Mercer player Mary Courville is teaming with Mercer Graduate Assistant Andrea Garcia Fernandez and they play a Chinese duo on Tuesday afternoon. Garcia Fernandez is one of the most successful players in Florida State history. She made FSU history with 206 career wins and was the first FSU player ever with 100 wins in singles and doubles. She is one of just three players in program history to be in the Top 6 for career wins in singles and doubles.
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.
Singles qualifying will take place on four courts at John Drew Smith starting Monday at 10am
With a WTA ranking of 208, American Robin Anderson is the top seed in qualifying.
There are 17 Americans participating in the singles qualifying.
Players must win two rounds to earn a spot in the main draw, which begins on Wednesday!
Play is scheduled to begin at 10 am each day.
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 Night
Thursday 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 Tennis Channel.
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.
This tournament will be streamed live on www.usta.com/procircuit.
Tournament volunteers are needed and any help is always appreciated. Call Mercer tennis coach and tournament director Eric Hayes at (478) 301-2269.