Pro Tennis Circuit Returns to Macon

11:07 PM, Jul 9, 2013   |    comments
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MACON - Professional tennis is on its way back to Macon.

The United States Tennis Association is bringing its Tennis Classic to Stratford Academy this October. The event will host some of the Top 100 women players in the world.

Former pro, Jamie Kaplan and Mercer tennis coach Eric Hayes held a press conference Tuesday afternoon to announce the tournament.
Pros like Sloane Stephens and Madison Keys have participated in the past. It marks the first time since the '90s that professional tennis has found its way to Macon.

Hayes says, "Well I'm excited to have it in Macon. I feel like we're gonna have great support from the people I've met in the community. And I'm really jacked up and juiced about doing it here."

Kaplan adds, "It's on Stratford's courts, but this is a community, Macon. This is Macon's event. It's not Stratford's event, it's not Mercer's event. This is Macon's event."

Now Stratford won't be the only location getting love. Hayes says he plans to use Wesleyan's facilities for practice as well as the Mercer Campus.

Organizers say they expect a possible $300,000 impact on the economy during the week long event in early October.


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