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Florida's Embree, Falconi Receive 2009 US Open Q-Wildcards

August 19, 2009 07:00 PM

 Irina Falconi

USTA Girls' 18s Hard Court runner-up Lauren Embree (18, Marco Island, Fla.) and Irina Falconi (19, Jupiter, Fla.) have received wildcards into the US Open main draw qualifying event, which will be held Aug. 25-28 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, NY.

Other players receiving qualifying wildcards were Kristie Ahn (17, Upper Saddle River, N.J.), Nicole Gibbs (16, Manhattan Beach, Calif.), Asia Muhammad (18, Henderson, Nev.), Alison Riske (19, McMurray, Pa.), Laura Robson (15, Great Britain), Sloane Stephens (16, San Pedro, Calif.) and reigning US Open girls' singles champion Coco Vandeweghe (17, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.).

Main draw play at the US Open will be Aug. 31-Sept. 13 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, and wildcards announced into the main draw will be former US Open champ Kim Clijsters (Belgium), Gail Brodksy (Brooklyn, N.Y.), Mallory Cecil (Spartanburg, S.C.), Alexa Glatch (Newport Beach, Calif.), Vania King (Long Beach, Calif.), Christina McHale (Englewood Cliffs, N.J.), Kristina Mladenovic (France) and Olivia Rogowska (Australia).

Both the men's and women's US Open singles champions will earn $1.6 million, with the ability to earn an additional $1 million in bonus prize money (for a total $2.6 million potential payout) based on their performance in the Olympus US Open Series. In addition, both US Open singles champions will receive a new 2010 Lexus IS Convertible.

McHale is a full-time resident at the USTA Training Center Headquarters in Boca Raton, Fla.
Tickets for the 2009 US Open can be purchased four ways: 1) at usopen.org; 2) by calling Ticketmaster at 1-866?OPEN-TIX; 3) at all Ticketmaster outlets; or 4) at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center box office.





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