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First two entry deadlines approach for US Open National Playoffs Sectional Qualifying Tournaments

April 1, 2011 09:37 AM
Registration will close next week for the first two 2011 US Open National Playoffs Sectional Qualifying Tournaments held in the USTA Southwest and USTA Eastern sections. The registration deadline for the USTA Southwest tournament, held in Scottsdale, Ariz., April 14-17, is Monday, April 4. The registration deadline for the USTA Eastern tournament, held at the USTA Billie Jean National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y., April 16-22, is Wednesday, April 6.

Former world No. 1 and six-time US Open champion Chris Evert and Mike Greenberg, host of ESPN Radio/ESPN2’s weekday Mike and Mike in the Morning, will team up as a mixed doubles team for the USTA Eastern tournament. Evert and Greenberg will compete at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on Monday, April 18. Mixed doubles was added to the US Open National Playoffs this year.

"I know Mike is a big tennis fan and loves the US Open," said Evert of her mixed doubles partner. "The US Open was the first tournament that sort of started my career, and I have great memories of it, and I love to support it. We'll just go out there and have some fun. That's the main thing."

"There’s only one sport I grew up playing—it’s tennis—and I am going to try to fulfill my lifelong dream of playing in the US Open,"  said Greenberg of competing in the US Open National Playoffs. "I am counting on Chris to carry us. She is one of the great champions of the sport, and I am ecstatic about playing."

Returning this year to the USTA Eastern tournament are Rabbi Gregg Ackerman, 62-year-old Richie Bustamante, who lost to a teenager in the first round last year, and David Spellman, who plays tennis to benefit Crohn’s disease. 

The US Open National Playoffs returns for a second year as a series of sectional qualifying tournaments, held in 16 USTA Sections throughout the country. Registration for each of the 16 sectional qualifying tournaments is available at www.usta.com/tennislink. The entry fee for each of the sectional qualifying tournaments is $125 for singles and $150 for each mixed doubles team ($75 per player). All players competing must have a current USTA membership valid through August 29, 2011, and can be age 14 and older.  

Deadlines for the next set of Sectional Qualifying Tournaments are in mid-May.

The tournaments cumulate with the US Open National Playoffs – Men’s, Women’s and Mixed Doubles Championships held during the New Haven Open at Yale, an Olympus US Open Series women’s event, in August. The US Open National Playoffs mixed doubles champions will receive a main-draw wild card into the 2011 US Open. The US Open National Playoffs men’s and women’s singles champions again earn a wild card into the US Open Qualifying Tournament, held the week prior to the US Open.

A player may only enter and compete in one sectional qualifying tournament during a calendar year; players competing in men’s singles or women’s singles and mixed doubles may opt to compete at different sectional qualifying tournaments (one for singles and one for mixed doubles). The draw size at each sectional qualifying tournament will be a maximum of 256 for each singles event and a maximum of 128 teams for mixed doubles. Participants can be of any playing level, from aspiring novice to seasoned professional, giving everyone an equal opportunity to advance.

The US Open Qualifying Tournament will be held August 23-26, and the US Open Mixed Doubles Championship begins August 31 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y. The 2011 US Open begins on August 29.

The USTA is the national governing body for the sport of tennis in the U.S. and the leader in promoting and developing the growth of tennis at every level -- from local communities to the highest level of the professional game. A not-for-profit organization with 750,000 members, it invests 100% of its proceeds in growing the game. It owns and operates the US Open, and launched the Olympus US Open Series linking 10 summer tournaments to the US Open. In addition, it owns the 90-plus Pro Circuit events throughout the U.S., is a minority owner and promotional partner of World TeamTennis, and selects the teams for the Davis Cup, Fed Cup, Olympic and Paralympic Games. USTA Serves, the National Charitable Foundation of the USTA, provides financial support for disadvantaged youth and people with disabilities through tennis and education programs. For more information on the USTA, log on to usta.com.


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