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US Open National Playoff Set for April

 
ScottsdaleRanch Park to host
2011
US Open National Playoffs Southwest Qualifying Tournament
April 14-17 - Scottsdale, Ariz.

OPEN TO ANYONE 14 YEARS AND OLDER!
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BillyPecor_USONPBannerWHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – USTA Southwest recently announced that Scottsdale Ranch Park in Scottsdale, Ariz. will host the US Open National Playoffs USTA Southwest Sectional Qualifying Tournament, April 14-17.  
 
The USTA announced the return of the US Open National Playoffs to expand the footprint of the US Open by providing the opportunity for all players 14 years of age and older to earn a berth into the US Open.

This year, the tournament will now include mixed doubles in addition to men’s and women’s singles. 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.
 
The US Open National Playoffs will again operate as a series of sectional qualifying tournaments, held in 16 USTA Sections throughout the country, including Scottsdale. The 16 men’s, women’s and mixed doubles champions from each sectional qualifying tournament will advance to the US Open National Playoffs – Men’s Singles, Women’s Singles and Mixed Doubles Championship. All three tournaments will be held in conjunction with the New Haven Open at Yale, an Olympus US Open Series event. 

The US Open National Playoffs – Men’s Singles and Women’s Singles Championship will be held August 18-21. The US Open National Playoffs – Mixed Doubles Championship will be held August 24-27. 
 
(SEE FULL SCHEDULE OF EVENTS BELOW)

“We again expect the top junior players, collegians, teaching professionals, ‘weekend warriors’ and other recreational players to come out in large numbers to compete this year in singles and now mixed doubles,” said Jim Curley, Chief Professional Tournaments Officer & US Open Tournament Director. “The New Haven Open at Yale will be a great host for the championships and the winners will be close to New York for the US Open.”

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KellieSchmitt_netbanner_small2ABOUT THE US OPEN NATIONAL PLAYOFFS
“We again expect the top junior players, collegians, teaching professionals and even recreational players to come out in large numbers to compete this year in singles and now mixed doubles,” said Jim Curley, Chief Professional Tournaments Officer & US Open Tournament Director. “The New Haven Open at Yale will be a great host for the championships and the winners will be close to New York for 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.  
 
In all, 1,232 players (859 men, 373 women) competed in the inaugural edition of the US Open National Playoffs last year, ranging from experienced professionals to recreational players of all talents and walks of life (including Olympic skier Bode Miller, former Major League Baseball player Todd Walker and Rabbi Gregg Ackerman of Long Island, N.Y.).
 
In the end, Blake Strode, a former top-ranked collegian from the University of Arkansas who learned the game at an NJTL chapter in his hometown of St. Louis, Mo., and Alexandra Mueller, a 22-year-old from Abington, Pa., who competes regularly on the USTA Pro Circuit, emerged as the US Open National Playoffs champions and earned wild cards into the 2010 US Open Qualifying Tournament.
 
Strode took step one of his journey by winning the USTA Southwest Section playoff tournament along the way. Brittany Augustine of Carson, Calif., captured the women’s division. Augustine went on to reach the national semifinals.
 
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Who will win in 2011? It could be you! Last year we had players from the age of 14 to the age of 63 competing in this unique event, people from all walks of life and skill levels in the game. Test your skills against the best.
 
Winners of the US Open National Playoffs Southwest Section Qualifying Tournament will advance on to the US Open Qualifying Tournament to 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.
 
 
Teaser_SRPImage-2011ABOUT THE HOST TOURNAMENT SITE
Scottsdale Ranch Park is an award-winning, 18-court facility located in Central Scottsdale. The facility is a host site to the USTA Winter Nationals Junior Championships, one of the four major junior events in the United States.
 
It has also been home to several USTA Southwest sanctioned adult and junior tournaments, as well as USTA Tennis on Campus Championships, League Section Championships, and Jr. Team Tennis Section Championships, QuickStart 10-and-Under Development Camps, USTA Block Parties, and a variety of other USTA-focused events.

In addition, Scottsdale Ranch Park has won several USTA Southwest and National awards, among those being a Top 50 Tennis Welcome Center in America distinction, and a USTA Outstanding Public Facility Award (2002).

Scottsdale Ranch Park
i10400 East Via Linda
Scottsdale, AZ 85258
Telephone: (480) 312-4774
Website: http://www.scottsdaleaz.gov/Parks/srp

JohnMummREGISTRATION
Registration for each of the 16 sectional qualifying tournaments begins on March 15 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 must turn 14 prior to the US Open start date.

Online tournament registration will begin March 15. Check back here for the TennisLink registration site information.
 
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.
 

USTA_2c_wmABOUT 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 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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