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Francesca Shiavone of Italy is entered in this year's W.L. Amos Sr. Tennis Classic at Mercer.

Francesca Schiavone of Italy is entered in this year’s W.L. Amos Sr. Tennis Classic at Mercer.

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Some of the world’s top tennis players will visit Macon this month.

The W.L. Amos Sr. Tennis Classic, a USTA Pro Circuit 80K event for the first time this year, will start October 22 at Mercer’s Leroy Peddy Tennis Center. It’s the school’s fifth time hosting the event. It spent its first several years at Troy University in Troy, Alabama.

Defending champion Kayla Day and former Grand Slam singles champ Francesca Schiavone are among the big names competing for $80,000 in prize money. WTA ranking points and a spot in the first major of 2018, the Australian Open in Melbourne, are also up for grabs.

Fans can see most of the eight-day-long tournament’s matches free of charge.

“During the week, it’s free,” Mercer tennis coach and tournament director Eric Hayes says. “No admission charge. During the weekend of the semis and the finals there will be a small admission charge, but we’re just encouraging people to come out.”

Hayes says they’re still looking for volunteers and people to help house and transport the players while they’re in town. If you’d like to help, call him at (478) 973-1955.

Click here to visit the tournament’s website.

 

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