2021 Mercer Tennis Classic Qualifying Wraps Up, Main Draw Doubles Underway
Mercer Pair in Action
MERCER UNIVERSITY – John Drew Smith Tennis Center – OCT 18 – OCT 24, 2021
USTA Pro Circuit 80K Event
MACON, Georgia, (October 19, 2021) The Mercer Tennis Classic main draw began on Tuesday. Doubles matches took to the courts in the afternoon and evening. Matches will run all week, Oct. 18-24 at the John Drew Smith Tennis Center in Macon.
“A great day of tennis and our first evening match,” stated Tournament Director and Mercer Head Men’s and Women’s Tennis Coach, Eric Hayes.
Singles qualifying wrapped up on Tuesday morning with dominating performances by Hanna Chang and Robin Anderson earning them spots in the main draw. They were among eight Americans who advanced through the qualifying.
First round of main draw singles will take place Wednesday morning.
A doubles match with a Mercer University flavor marked the first “official” night match in the history of the tournament. Mercer player and Columbus, Ga. native, Mary Courville teamed with Mercer Graduate Assistant Andrea Garcia Fernandez. The Mercer duo started out hot, by winning the first game. The more experienced Chinese duo were able to recover from that and dominate Courville and Fernandez the rest of the way to take the first night match at the Mercer Tennis Classic.
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.
Play is scheduled to begin at 10 am each day.
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.
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.
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:
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