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Florida Men Receive US Open Tennis Wildcards

August 18, 2009 07:00 PM

 Jesse Levine

Two Florida players in Brendan Evans (Key Biscayne) and Jesse Levine (Boca Raton) were announced when the USTA unveiled the men's main draw wildcards for the 2009 US Open, while three Florida players will receive wildcards into the qualifying draw.

Evans, 23, is currently ranked a career-high No. 122. He recently reached the quarterfinals at the ATP World Tour event in Newport, R.I on grass, and this year has won Challengers in Noumea, New Caledonia, and Nottingham, England. In 2004, Evans and fellow American Scott Oudsema teamed to win three of the four Grand Slam junior doubles titles, including the US Open.

Levine, 21, broke into the Top 100 earlier this year and is currently ranked No. 112. He had his best Grand Slam showing at Wimbledon this summer, upsetting No. 14 seed Marat Safin and reaching the third round as a qualifier. He played one year of college tennis, going 24-1 as a freshman at the University of Florida in 2007.

Other wildcards went to NCAA champ and last year's US Open boys' finalist Devin Britton (Jackson, Miss.), USTA Boys' 18s National Championships winner Chase Buchanan (New Albany, Ohio), former No. 21-ranked Taylor Dent (Newport Beach, Calif.), ATP Newport winner Rajeev Ram (Carmel, Ind.), and two international players including Australian Chris Guccione and a player to be named by the French Tennis Association.

In addition to the eight US Open men's singles main draw wildcards, the USTA also announced the nine men who have been awarded wildcard entries into the US Open Qualifying Tournament, which will be held Aug. 25-28 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. 

Players receiving US Open qualifying wildcards are: Lester Cook (25, Sherman Oaks, Calif.), 2008 US Open boys' singles champion Grigor Dimitrov (18, Bulgaria), Alexander Domijan (17, Wesley Chapel, Fla.), Ryan Harrison (17, Bradenton, Fla.), Scoville Jenkins (turns 23 on Sunday, Atlanta), 2009 USTA Boys' 18s runner-up Ryan Lipman (18, Nashville, Tenn.), Tim Smyczek (21, Milwaukee, Wis.), Blake Strode (22, St. Louis) and Michael Venus (21, Orlando, Fla.). Strode and Venus are both members of the 2009 USTA Summer Collegiate Team. 

The 2009 US Open will be played Aug. 31?Sept. 13 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y. 






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