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Florida Tennis Briefs(5): Keys, Fish Earn Honors; Orlando Flex; More

August 22, 2011 10:26 AM
Florida's Keys Wins US Open Berth After Wild Card Playoffs Win

Madison-KeysOBaction.jpgBoca Raton 16-year-old Madison Keys earned a spot in the main draw of the 2011 US Open on Sunday, defeating Beatrice Capra 3-6, 6-4, 6-0 in the final of the US Open Wild Card Playoffs in College Park, Md.

"I'm excited," Keys told the Washington Examiner. "I didn't want to go to New York tonight [for the qualifying rounds]. I wanted to go next week."

The 19-year-old Capra, who last year upset No. 18 seed Aravane Rezai in the US Open women's main draw, will this year have to navigate the qualifying draw. Capra has committed to play for Duke for the 2011-12 school year.

Both Keys and Capra train at the USTA National Training Center in Boca Raton.

"I started taking advantage of her second serve a little more," Keys said. "I was trying to move her and keep the ball deep...That was one of the bigger [matches] that I've had to fight and dig to come back from. I'm really proud of it. Hopefully I don't have to do it again."

In the men's final Bobby Reynolds of Georgia defeated California's Daniel Kosakowski 6-2, 7-5, 6-4 to earn a spot in the men's main draw.

4 Florida Players Receive US Open Jr. Wildcards

The USTA announced the names of six boys and eight girls who have been offered wildcard entries into the 2011 US Open boys' and girls' singles championships. The US Open Junior Championships will be played Sept. 4-11, 2011, at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y. 

Florida players among the U.S. contingent are Samantha Crawford (16, Tamarac, Fla.), Dennis Novikov (17, Boca Raton, Fla.), Alexandra Kiick (16, Plantation, Fla.), and Sachia Vickery (16, Miramar, Fla.).

Four players who have won USTA National Championships this year were granted wildcard entries -- Luca Corinteli (16, Alexandria, Va., USTA Boys' 16s Clays), Gage Brymer (16, Irvine, Calif., USTA Boys' 16s Springs), Ronnie Schneider (16, Bloomington, Ind., USTA Boys' 16s) and Peggy Porter (15, Dallas, USTA Girls' 16s and USTA Girls' 16s Clays) -- along with the 2011 USTA International Spring Champion Crawford and 2010 Orange Bowl Girls' 16s champion Kiick.

Other wildcard recipients are J.C. Aragone (16, Yorba Linda, Calif.), Hayley Carter (16, Columbia, S.C.), Krista Hardebeck (16, Santa Ana, Calif.), Connor Farren (16, Hillsborough, Calif.), Anne-Liz Jeukeng (15, Kansas City, Mo.), and Taylor Townsend (15, Stockbridge, Ga.).
In addition to the main draw wildcards, the USTA also announced the names of six girls and four boys who have been offered wildcard entries into the junior qualifying tournament, which will be played Sept. 2-3.

Girls' qualifying wildcards have been offered to Jennifer Brady (16, Boca Raton, Fla.), Catherine Harrison (17, Germantown, Tenn.), Hannah King (15, Dunwoody, Ga.), Jamie Loeb (16, Ossining, N.Y.), Denise Starr (16, Boca Raton, Fla.) and Japanese high school champion Yuki Ito.

Boys' qualifying wildcards have been offered to Nikko Madregallejo (16, Monrovia, Calif.), Michael Redlicki (17, Hawthorn Woods, Ill.), Noah Rubin (15, Rockville Centre, N.Y.), and Japanese high school champion Shotaro Goto. Two additional wildcards into the boys' qualifying draw will be announced at a later time.

In 2010, Jack Sock became the first American male to win the U.S. junior title since Andy Roddick in 2000, while Coco Vandeweghe won the girls' singles title in 2008.  Three US Open junior champions -- Andy Roddick, Lindsay Davenport and Stefan Edberg have gone on to win the US Open singles title, as did junior runners-up Roger Federer, Boris Becker, Svetlana Kuznetsova and Martina Hingis.

Report Blended Lines for USTA Court Count

The USTA is seeking an accurate national count of courts featuring blended lines for 10 and Under Tennis 36-foot and 60-foot courts.

If your facility has lined courts without taking advantage of the USTA National Line Grant, please go to the link below to register your lined courts.

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Registration Open for Adult & Jr. USTA Orlando Fall Flex League

flexenews.jpgRegistration is open for the USTA Orlando Fall Flex League, which will begin play on Oct. 10, 2011.

"All registrants will be automatically entered into the Flex League Sweepstakes for two tickets to the US Open, with flight and hotel included," says Orlando Flex League Coordinator Chelsea Underwood. "Plus gift certificates to Tennis Warehouse."

For the first time the league, in addition to adult NTRP divisions, will be offering 14-under, 16-under and 18-under junior divisions.

The cost for the league is $35 for singles and $30 for doubles for nine weeks of play. USTA members get $10 off the league fee.

For more information go to www.ustaflex.com or e-mail cmaratta@alumni.flagler.edu.

Florida's Fish Clinches US Open Series, Serena on the Verge

Mardy Fish
Top-ranked American Mardy Fish clinched the 2011 Olympus US Open Series men's title with a 7-5, 7-5, round of 16 win over Richard Gasquet at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati on Thursday of last week. This is the first Olympus US Open Series title for Fish, who finished third in the standings last year. The men's second- and third-place finishers in this year's bonus challenge have yet to be determined.

Fish will now compete for the largest payout in tennis history at the 2011 US Open -- $2.8 million ($1.8 million for winning the US Open and a $1 million bonus for winning the US Open and the Olympus US Open Series). 

On the women's side, Serena Williams currently holds the lead in the Olympus US Open Series Bonus Challenge women's standings. Agnieszka Radwanska can still capture the overall Series title by reaching the final of the New Haven Open at Yale this week. The women's winner of the Olympus US Open Series will also compete for $1 million in bonus prize money at the 2011 US Open. The second- and third-place finishers on both the men's and women's sides will compete for $500,000 and $250,000, respectively.

Andy Murray won the 2010 Olympus US Open Series men's title and Caroline Wozniacki won the women's title. In 2007, Roger Federer collected the biggest paycheck in tennis history -- $2.4 million -- for winning the US Open and the Olympus US Open Series. In 2005, Kim Clijsters also captured both the US Open and the Olympus US Open Series, winning $2.2 million -- the largest purse in women's sports history -- and again equaled that amount in 2010, winning the US Open and finishing second in the Olympus US Open Series.

Now in its eighth season, the Olympus US Open Series has established itself as the summer season of hardcourt tennis, linking 10 summer tournaments to the US Open. Fans follow the action throughout the summer through national television coverage, culminating each week with back-to-back men's and women's finals on Sunday afternoon.






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