2021 Mercer Tennis Classic:
MERCER UNIVERSITY – John Drew Smith Tennis Center – OCT 18 – OCT 24, 2021
USTA Pro Circuit 80K Event
MACON, Georgia, (October 24, 2021) As has been the case all week in Macon, beautiful weather and great tennis.
“Madison and Zarina have been the best players all week,” stated Tournament Director and Mercer Head Men’s and Women’s Tennis Coach, Eric Hayes.
Two WTA Tour veterans that have been ranked as high as in the 30s took to the main court Sunday.
The top two seeds, Madison Brengle and Zarina Diyas. Combined, these two have over 50 grand slam singles main draw appearances.
Top-seed Brengle rattled off the first three games of the match without an unforced error. Diyas then changed tactics and started moving inside the baseline to win her first game. It proved to be a good move as Diyas captured two more games to even the set at 3-3. Brangle ripped two good forehand returns to break and hold to take the opener 6-4.
The second set was dominated by Diyas. She made it a priority to dictate points and that paid off for a 6-4 win.
The decider was nip and tuck, back and forth until Brengle broke at 4-4 and then held thanks to a cross court backhand winner to claim the title 6-4, 4-6, 6-4.
“I won the doubles here a couple years ago,” said Brengle. “But to win the singles in my sixth year of coming here and at the end of a tough year is an accomplishment.”
Brengle spent a total of 10 hours and 45 mins on court this week- most of any player.
13 different countries were represented in the singles main draw this year.
Special events held during the week:
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.
For more information:
On-site PR contact: Rick Limpert (209) 920-7425 or email: Rick.Limpert@gmail.com Website: www.ustamaconclassic.com
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