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2015 US Open National Playoffs

February 24, 2015 06:22 PM

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SCOTTSDALE RANCH PARK TO HOST US OPEN NATIONAL PLAYOFFS

USTA SOUTHWEST SECTIONAL QUALIFYING TOURNAMENT
OFFERING EVERYONE AGE 14 AND OLDER
THE OPPORTUNITY TO EARN A BERTH INTO THE 2015 US OPEN

MEN’S AND WOMEN’S DOUBLES ADDED THIS YEAR;
PLAYERS CAN CONTINUE TO COMPETE IN SINGLES AND/OR MIXED DOUBLES

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Wettengel_USONPBannerWHITE PLAINS, N.Y., March 4, 2015 – The USTA Southwest Section today announced that the Scottsdale Ranch Park in Scottsdale, Ariz. will host the US Open National Playoffs USTA Southwest Sectional Qualifying Tournament, May 2-5, 2015. 

Earlier today, the USTA announced the return of the US Open National Playoffs for the sixth year, adding a men’s doubles and women’s doubles component this year.  

The US Open National Playoffs will still include both men’s and women’s singles, as well as mixed doubles. The USTA created the US Open National Playoffs to expand the footprint of the US Open to cities nationwide by providing the opportunity for all players 14 years of age and older to earn a berth into the US Open.

The US Open National Playoffs men’s and women’s singles champions earn a wild card into the US Open Qualifying Tournament, held the week prior to the US Open.

The US Open National Playoffs men’s, women’s and mixed doubles champions receive a wild card into the main draw of the 2015 US Open.

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The US Open National Playoffs begin as a series of 14 sectional qualifying tournaments, held in different USTA Sections nationwide, including here in Scottsdale. The 14 champions or top available finishers in each division from each sectional qualifier advance to the following US Open National Playoffs Championship events:

•    US Open National Playoffs Men’s and Women’s Singles Championship, Aug. 21-24
•    US Open National Playoffs Men’s and Women’s Doubles Championship, Aug. 25-28
•    US Open National Playoffs Mixed Doubles Championship, Aug. 26-29

All five tournaments will take place in conjunction with the Connecticut Open presented by United Technologies, an Emirates Airline US Open Series event, in New Haven, Conn.

"This tournament is truly a great way for anyone with a goal of one day competing at the US Open to take a stab at a local event that could ultimately send them on their way to a potential US Open bid," said Jeff Sikes, USTA Southwest Marketing & Communications Director.

Cako_KielbowiczMONDAY2"It's the most open of open tournaments there is. We get players of all ages and ability levels who want to take a shot at it. It's cool that it's local and people can feel like they were just a few matches away from maybe living their dream to play at a Grand Slam event. We've had a couple of our players win our event, then the national one and actually get to play in a Grand Slam draw, so it can be done." 

Last year's US Open Playoff USTA Southwest mixed doubles champions former Arizona State All-American Jacqueline Cako and Scottsdale's Joel Kielbowicz (pictured, right), won the section tournament, then the national event a couple of months later.

Their ultimate reward? A first-round US Open main draw mixed doubles match on the Grandstand court in an afternoon day match against Donald Young and Taylor Townsend.

In 2012, Southwest champions Brian Battistone and Nicole Melichar also reached the US Open main draw in mixed doubles. 

Registration for this year's event opens on Sunday, March 15, at www.USOpen.org/NationalPlayoffs 
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The entry fee is $75 for men’s and women’s singles and $50 per player for doubles. All players competing must have a current USTA membership valid through August 31, 2015.

“The US Open National Playoffs are all about connecting people to the US Open,” said Katrina Adams, USTA Chairman of the Board, CEO and President. “This year, by adding men’s and women’s doubles, the National Playoffs are giving competitors the opportunity to earn their way into the US Open in every possible way. We look forward to another year of great tennis and watching top juniors, collegians, aspiring pros, and weekend warriors compete for the chance to play on tennis’ grandest stage.”

More than 1,200 players competed in the 2014 US Open National Playoffs, which marked the largest year-over-year increase in entries in the program's five-year history. Players ranged from experienced professionals who were once ranked in the Top 50, to junior players and current/ former college standouts, to recreational players of all playing abilities and walks of life. Participants included those competing for charity, businesspeople, musicians, lawyers, reporters, former athletes, and stay-at-home mothers.

The US Open Qualifying Tournament will be held Aug. 25-28, the US Open men’s and women’s doubles championships begin Sept. 1 and the US Open mixed doubles championship begins Sept. 2 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y. The 2015 US Open is scheduled to take place from Aug. 31, to Sept. 13.

US Open National Playoffs information is available at www.USOpen.org/NationalPlayoffs or ENTER ONLINE HERE.

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ABOUT THE USTA
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 more than 715,000 members, it invests 100% of its proceeds in growing the game.

USTA_FYIG_Sec_4cIt owns and operates the US Open, the highest-attended annual sporting event in the world, and launched the Emirates Airline US Open Series, linking eight summer tournaments to the US Open. In addition, it owns approximately 90 Pro Circuit events throughout the U.S. and selects the teams for the Davis Cup, Fed Cup, Olympic and Paralympic Games. 

The USTA’s philanthropic entity, the USTA Foundation, provides grants and scholarships and helps under-resourced youth and individuals with disabilities, and supports  wounded, ill and injured service members, veterans and their families. 

For more information on the USTA, log on to usta.com, “like” the official Facebook page, facebook.com/usta, or follow @usta on Twitter. 

To find out more about USTA Southwest, visit us at facebook.com/ustasouthwest or @USTASouthwest on Twitter or www.instagram.com/ustasouthwest on Instagram.

CONTACT: 
Jeff Sikes, USTA Southwest Marketing & Communications Coordinator at:
sikes@southwest.usta.com or (cell) 602.301.0145 

or 

Amanda Korba, Coordinator, Corporate Communications, USTA, (914) 697-2219; korba@usta.com

 

 

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