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6 Florida Players Compete for French Open Wildcards Via USTA Boca Raton Event

April 26, 2010 07:00 PM

Boca Raton's Jesse Levine

One Florida woman and five Florida men will compete this week in Boca Raton, Fla., when the USTA hosts a playoff to award a men's and a women's singles main draw wildcard to the 2010 French Open. The men's and women's wildcard tournaments will take place on the claycourts of the Boca West Country Club on April 27-29, 2010. 

The USTA and the French Tennis Federation have a reciprocal agreement in which wildcard entries into the main draw at the 2010 French Open and 2010 US Open are exchanged. 

The eight players competing for the women's wildcard are Julia Boserup, 18, of Boca Raton, Fla.; Beatrice Capra, 18, of Ellicott City, Md.; Jamie Hampton, 20, of Auburn, Ala.; Christina McHale, 17, of Englewood Cliffs, N.J.; Asia Muhammad, 19, of Henderson, Nev.; Alison Riske, 19, of McMurray, Pa.; Sloane Stephens, 17, of San Pedro, Calif.; and CoCo Vandeweghe, 18, of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.

The eight players competing for the men's wildcard are Bjorn Fratangelo, 16, of Naples, Fla.; Ryan Harrison, 17, of Bradenton, Fla.; Alex Kuznetsov, 23, of Tampa, Fla.; Jesse Levine, 22 of Boca Raton, Fla.; Tim Smyczek, 22, of Hales Corner, Wis.; Ryan Sweeting, 22, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; and Donald Young, 20, of Atlanta. 

 The eighth spot will be filled by either 16-year-old Spencer Newman of Palmetto Bay, Fla., or 16-year-old Jeremy Efferding of Lake Worth Fla. Newman and Efferding are both full-time residents of the USTA Training Center Headquarters in Boca Raton, Fla.
Both tournaments will be in a knock-out format, the seedings of which will be determined by ATP World Tour and Sony Ericsson WTA rankings. Harrison and Vandeweghe won similar events last December to earn main draw wildcards into the 2010 Australian Open, while John Isner and Lauren Embree won main draw wildcards into the 2009 French Open at the Boca West Country Club.





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