2021 Mercer Tennis Classic Quarterfinals Set for Friday

MERCER UNIVERSITY – John Drew Smith Tennis Center – OCT 18 – OCT 24, 2021
USTA Pro Circuit 80K Event

MACON, Georgia, (October 21, 2021) The draws have been whittled down to the quarterfinals in singles and the semis in doubles at the Mercer Tennis Classic. Matches are running all week, Oct. 18-24 at the John Drew Smith Tennis Center in Macon.
“We’ve had some great matches already and we haven’t even reached the quarterfinals yet,” stated Tournament Director and Mercer Head Men’s and Women’s Tennis Coach, Eric Hayes.
An international flavor on display Thursday as winners included Brengle (USA), Zarazua (MEX), Wang (CHN) and Diyas (KAZ).
Brengle outlasted Lu of China in a three set match that took nearly two and half hours. Zarazua is playing some of the best tennis so far this week, and Diyas is an experienced veteran that is enjoying the conditions in Macon this week.
Louisa Chirico is one American to watch as she is on the comeback trail and scored an impressive three-set victory over NCAA champ, Emma Navarro.
Quarterfinals of singles and semifinals of doubles on Friday.
Fans again were treated to a fun doubles match as part of the Thursday night program. This doubles match was again well attended and featured Americans Quinn Gleason and Catherine Harrison taking on the Japanese duo of Hanatani/Uchijima. The experienced American pair posted a straight set victory.
Notes:
13 different countries were represented in the singles main draw this year.
Special events:
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
Twitter: @USTAMacon80K
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RICK LIMPERT

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