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USTA Pro Circut tournament gets new name, new title and more prize money

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Atlanta tennis fans won’t have to travel far to see USTA Pro Circuit tennis. Coming this October 19-26, 2014, The Tennis Classic of Macon presented by the W.L. Sr. Foundation will be held at the Jaime Kaplan Tennis Center at Stratford Academy in Macon Ga. This marks the second year for the event, which moved to Macon from Troy, Ala., the tournament will be played at the Jaime Kaplan Tennis Center. While the venue remains the same as last year's, fans and players will notice significant changes.

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First up, the prize money has increased from $25k to $50k. Also, the tournament dates have been moved up two weeks. The date change will increase draw strength and underscore the tournament's importance leading into the 2015 Australian Open.

Another significant change is the presenting sponsor. This year’s Tennis Classic of Macon will be presented by the W.L. Sr. Foundation.

Erick Hayes, Tournament Director and Mercer University Head Tennis Coach for both the Men’s and Women’s teams at Mercer University said last year’s fan feedback was, “100% positive. I was blown away," said Hayes, "from the players, to the support of the sponsors and the Macon tennis community, it was a great event.”

In addition to match play, the tournament will host other special activities. One of the highlights from last year was the “Hit with the Pros” night.

It was great to see the entire Macon tennis community get behind the tournament and interact with the players,” explained Hayes. “Talking to the players, I think they had even more fun than the locals.”

Keep your eyes peeled and your calendars open Tickets will be available soon. For more information you can contact tournament director, Eric Hayes at (478) 301-2269.

Don’t forget, you can watch live streaming of USTA Pro Circuit tournaments at www.procircuit.usta.com

Follow the tournament's twitter feed: @USTAMacon50K

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