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July 22, 2011 08:44 AM
New No. 1 Djokovic Heads US Open Field; Federer Seeks Record 6th Title
US Open generic logoEntering the US Open for the first time as the top seed, world No. 1 Novak Djokovic will attempt to capture his first US Open title beginning Aug. 29, 2011, as the United States Tennis Association (USTA) announced the field for the event on Thursday.
Djokovic, who won the Australian Open and Wimbledon Grand Slam titles this year, will be seeking to improve on his best result at the US Open which was runner-up last year to Rafael Nadal. Following his Wimbledon win this year, Djokovic became the first player other than Nadal and Roger Federer to be ranked No. 1 on the ATP Rankings since Andy Roddick in 2003.
The player field also features former US Open champions Andy Roddick and Juan Martin Del Potro. Each of the world's Top 101 men received direct entry into the US Open, representing 40 countries. The final Slam of the year will be played Aug. 29-Sept. 11, 2011, at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, N.Y.
World No. 3 Roger Federer is seeking his sixth US Open title which would surpass Pete Sampras and Jimmy Connors for most US Open men's singles titles in the Open Era. In 2007 Federer became the only man to win the Olympus US Open Series and US Open titles in the same year. 
Following Nadal, Djokovic and Federer on the entry list are No. 4 Andy Murray of Great Britain, the 2008 US Open runner-up; No. 5 Robin Soderling of Sweden, the French Open runner-up in 2009 and 2010; No. 6 David Ferrer of Spain, a 2007 US Open semifinalist; No. 7 Gael Monfils of France; No. 8 Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic, the 2010 Wimbledon runner-up; No. 9 Mardy Fish of Tampa, Fla.; and No. 10 Andy Roddick of Austin, Tex., the 2003 US Open Champion.
Other American men who received direct entry into this year's tournament include: No. 35 John Isner of Tampa, Fla.; No. 50 Sam Querrey of Las Vegas; No. 63 Alex Bogomolov Jr. of Miami; No. 66 Ryan Sweeting of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; and No. 91 James Blake of Tampa, Fla. Three players used protected rankings to gain direct entry: Fernando Gonzalez of Chile; Tommy Haas of Germany; and Ivo Karlovic of Croatia. Sixteen more players will gain entry through the qualifying tournament, while the remaining eight spots are wildcards awarded by the USTA.
Among the players competing in the US Open men's qualifying will be the winner of the second annual US Open National Playoffs--Men's Championship, held during the Olympus US Open Series event in New Haven, Conn., prior to the US Open qualifying. The USTA created the US Open National Playoffs in 2010 to allow players 14-and-older, regardless of playing ability or nationality, to vie for a spot in the US Open Qualifying Tournament via one of 16 Sectional Qualifying Tournaments.
Florida Venues Can Bid for Feb. 2012 U.S. Fed Cup Tie Hosting Victoria Ararenka, Belarus

mediawall-fed-cupFlorida venues will have an opportunity to bid on a U.S. Fed Cup tie as the U.S. team will host Belarus on Feb. 4-5, 2012.

The USTA will select the site for the 2012 Fed Cup World Group II first round, with plans to announce the venue in mid-September, pending approval from the ITF. Information about the bid process and an RFP can be found at www.usta.com/fedcup beginning Friday, July 22.
Parties interested in bidding to host the 2012 Fed Cup World Group II first round between the U.S. and Belarus should submit a letter of intent to the USTA by Friday, Aug. 19. The deadline for submitting a final bid to the USTA is Friday, Sept. 9, 2011. 

The match will be the first time the U.S. will meet Belarus in Fed Cup. Belarus, led by current world No. 4 Victoria Azarenka, defeated Estonia 5-0 in the World Group II playoff in April. Belarus made its only appearance in the Fed Cup World Group in 1994, its first year of Fed Cup competition.
This will be the U.S.'s first-ever tie outside of the World Group as the Americans were bumped from the top tier this past April, losing to Germany in the World Group Playoff round to end 48 consecutive years in the World Group.
A win by the U.S. over Belarus would mean the U.S. would move into the World Group Playoff round, one win away from regaining World Group status. A loss to Belarus would mean the U.S. would compete in the World Group II Playoffs, where a win would keep them in the World Group II, and a loss would drop them into Zone Group play.

Tallahassee to Host USTA Florida Recreational QuickStart Tennis Teaching Workshop
10-U-USTA-FL-mediawallUSTA Florida will hold a Recreational QuickStart Tennis Teaching Workshop, open to the public to learn the teaching techniques of 10 and Under Tennis, on Saturday, Aug. 20, 2011, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Killearn Country Club Tennis Center in Tallahassee, Fla.
The workshop is open to parents, volunteer coaches, tennis teachers, recreational coaches and anyone working with age 10-and-under youth in USTA Jr. Team Tennis/QuickStart, summer camps or after-school programs.
Attendees will receive 3-1/2 hours of on-court training from a National QuickStart Tennis Specialist, a set of QuickStart Tennis recreational practice plans specially designed for the 5-10 year old age group, and a participant manual.
Topics covered will include the QuickStart Tennis format of play, the six QuickStart variables all programs should adhere to, play situations and games, delivery of a recreational QuickStart practice, organizing and coaching a team match, characteristics of a good coach and the QuickStart Tennis court set-up.
10 and Under Tennis featuring the QuickStart Tennis play format is the USTA's new official play format for 10-and-under children learning tennis, designed to bring kids into the game by utilizing smaller racquets and slower balls, shorter court dimensions and modified scoring, all tailored to age and size. QuickStart Tennis is divided into two different levels -- ages 8-and-under and ages 10-and-under.
Registration for the workshop is $15, and $20 after Aug. 13. Registration is available online at www.regonline.com/2011_tennis_workshops.

For more information please contact George English at english@florida.usta.com or (850) 510-6585.





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