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3 Florida Players in USTA Australian Open Wildcard Tournament

November 11, 2009 06:00 PM

 Jesse Levine of Boca Raton

Three Florida players in Ryan Harrison (Bradenton), Jesse Levine (Boca Raton), and Wayne Odesnik (Weston) are among the initial list of players invited to compete at the United States Tennis Association's (USTA) Australian Open wildcard playoffs to be held during the 2009 Infinite Energy Atlanta Challenge at the Racquet Club of the South, a USTA Certified Regional Training Center in Atlanta, on Dec. 4-7, 2009. 

The event will feature an all-Florida resident exhibition match on Dec. 4 with seven-time Grand Slam doubles champions Bob and Mike Bryan, Mardy Fish and John Isner, with the wild card playoffs commencing the next day.

Eight men and eight women players total from the U.S. will compete in the wild card playoffs. The USTA secured the opportunity through a reciprocal agreement with Tennis Australia where the two national tennis federations exchanged wildcards for the 2010 Australian Open and 2009 US Open.

"Our wildcard playoffs support our philosophy of giving players a chance to earn opportunities to compete at the highest level and allows our top emerging players to challenge each other," said Patrick McEnroe, general manager, USTA Player Development. "This year we partnered with T&S Events to create an event that allows tennis fans to watch these talented players battle for a berth into the Australian Open."

Other players announced thus far in the men's field are Rajeev Ram (Carmel, Ind.) and Donald Young (Atlanta). 

The six women invited to compete are: Madison Brengle (Dover, Del.), U.S. Fed Cup player Alexa Glatch (Newport Beach, Calif.), Christina McHale (Englewood Cliffs, N.J.), Asia Muhammad (Henderson, Nev.), Alison Riske (McMurray, Pa.) and Coco Vandeweghe (Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.).

Isner and Christina McHale earned wild card berths into the 2009 Australian Open men's and women's singles main draw events last December at the USTA's wildcard playoffs, which were held at the USTA Training Center Headquarters in Boca Raton, Fla. Since then, Isner has raised his ranking high enough for direct entry into the 2010 Australian Open main draw.

The final field for the wildcard playoffs will be determined in the next few weeks.

For tickets and more information, go to www.tandsevents.com.​





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