The US Open National Playoffs return for their fourth season in 2013.
The USTA/Midwest Section has announced that the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Cincinnati, OH will host the US Open National Playoffs Midwest Sectional Qualifying Tournament, June 22-25, 2013.
Other than the four Grand Slam venues, the Lindner Family Tennis Center is the only other venue in the world that holds four permanent tennis stadia (Center Court, Grandstand Court, and two other courts), making it one of the premier tennis facilities in the world and an attraction for players from all over the country.
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. In its fourth year, the event will once again include both men’s and women’s singles, as well as mixed doubles.
The 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 mixed doubles champions receive a wild card into the main draw of the 2013 US Open.
"I think this qualifying event is one of the USTA’s greatest ideas. It is such a great opportunity for any tennis player, regardless of level, to have a chance to get into the US Open," said Karen Montavon, tournament director for the Midwest Sectional Qualifier. She goes on to explain why the Midwest Section event is special for several reasons.
"There are only 13 of these events in the country and our tournament is the only qualifier, outside of New York, to take place at a professional site. So players will play at a venue where the professionals play," said Montavon. "We are so excited about this event and we know how to treat players with the best Midwest hospitality. We are partnering with many local associations and vendors to help pay for extra items and sponsorships to ensure that we make our player experience the best it can possibly be!"
The US Open National Playoffs begin as a series of sectional qualifying tournaments, held in 13 USTA Sections throughout the country, including Cincinnati. The 13 men’s, women’s and mixed doubles champions, or top available finishers from each sectional qualifying tournament, will advance to the US Open National Playoffs; Men’s and Women’s Singles Championship, held August 16-19, and the Mixed Doubles Championship, held August 21-24.
More than 1,200 players competed in the 2012 US Open National Playoffs, representing all levels of experience; professionals who were once ranked in the Top 50, upcoming junior players, current and former college standouts, and recreational players of all talents and walks of life. Participants included those competing for charities as well as pastors, musicians, lawyers, reporters and stay-at-home mothers.
Many players representing the Midwest section have experienced success in the Midwest Qualifying Tournament, including Lilia Osterloh (Canal Winchester, OH) with her partner Josh Osswald who won Mixed Doubles last year. In addition, past champions of the US Open National Playoffs have advanced through this event, including Alexandra Mueller who won Women’s Singles in 2012 and 2010.
"Anyone who dreams of playing in the US Open - top junior players, collegians, teaching professionals, ‘weekend warriors,’ or recreational players - can make that dream a reality through the US Open National Playoffs," said Dave Haggerty, USTA Chairman, CEO, and President. "The level of singles and mixed doubles competition is always strong, while our committed USTA sections do a terrific job running the sectional qualifying tournaments. It all makes the event unique and special for our sections, US Open fans and tennis players across the country."
Registration for each of the 13 sectional qualifying tournaments begins March 15. The entry fee for each of the sectional qualifying tournaments is $100 for singles and $120 for each mixed doubles team ($60 per player). All players competing must have a current USTA membership valid through August 26, 2013. Participants can be of any playing level, from aspiring novice to seasoned professional, giving everyone an equal opportunity to advance. All information can be found at www.USOpen.org/NationalPlayoffs.
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