Think You Can Hang With the Pros? Here’s Your Chance To Play Tennis in the U.S. Open.
The U.S.T.A. has announced the launch of the U.S. Open National Playoffs, providing the opportunity for ALL tennis players 14 and older to attempt to earn a wild card into the U.S. Open Qualifying Tournament August 24-27.
The Playoffs will begin with 16 sectional qualifying tournaments held throughout the country from April-June 2010. The men's and women's champions from each of the sectionals will then advance to the U.S. Open National Playoffs — Men's and Women's Championships, which will be held in conjunction with the Olympus U.S. Open Series tournaments this summer.
There will be no required tennis qualifications and no seeding or age breakdowns so there are certain to be a few blow outs in the early rounds. The $125 USD entry fee should sort out those without a lot of confidence in their game.
"..We expect the draws to be filled with top junior players, collegians, teaching pros and even recreational players…" said Jim Curley, Chief Professional Tournaments Officer and U.S. Open Tournament Director.
Skier Bode Miller, two-time World Cup Champion, two-time silver medalist and three-time world champion has already thrown his name into the draw. "Tennis has always been a part of my life," said Miller who won the Maine state singles title for Carrabassett Valley Academy in 1996 and whose family owns Tamarack Tennis Camp in Easton, NH. "I look forward to playing…"
Find entry details and a schedule of Regional Tournaments at USOpen.Org DREAM BIG. Registration begins February 1. Go for it!
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