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Florida Date Announced for 2013 US Open Tennis Qualifying Event

March 6, 2013 03:29 PM
USO_2013_NP_FloridaIf you've ever dreamed of playing in one of tennis' Grand Slams, then the road to the 2013 US Open starts for Florida players in Tallahassee this May.
 
Entries will open on March 15 for the 2013 US Open National Playoffs, with the Florida event to be held on the campus of Florida State University in Tallahassee, starting on Saturday, May 25, through May 28.
 
The US Open remains the only of the four Grand Slams to open its qualifying to all players age 14 or over in men's singles, women's singles, and mixed doubles.
 
The Florida winners in all three categories will advance to the national tournament featuring the USTA section winners. The US Open National Playoffs men's and women's national singles champions earn a wildcard into the US Open Qualifying Tournament, held the week prior to the US Open. The US Open National Playoffs mixed doubles champions receive a wildcard into the main draw of the 2013 US Open Mixed Doubles.
 
"Anyone who dreams of playing in the US Open -- top junior players, collegians, teaching professionals, 'weekend warriors,' or recreational players -- can make that dream a reality through the US Open National Playoffs," said Dave Haggerty, USTA chairman, CEO, and president. "The level of singles and mixed doubles competition is always strong, while our committed USTA sections do a terrific job running the sectional qualifying tournaments."
 
Registration and additional information for each of the 13 sectional qualifying tournaments begins on March 15 at www.USOpen.org/NationalPlayoffs. The entry fee for each of the sectional qualifying tournaments is $100 for singles and $120 for each mixed doubles team ($60 per player). All players competing must have a current USTA membership valid through August 26, 2013.
 
The national men's and women's singles championship will be held Aug. 16-19, and the mixed doubles championship will be held Aug. 21-24. All three tournaments will take place in conjunction with the New Haven Open at Yale presented by First Niagara, an Emirates Airline US Open Series event.
 
"It's always amazing to see the passion and determination of those competing to fulfill their dreams of playing in the US Open," said Derek Fisher, US Open National Playoffs tournament director.
 
A player may only compete in singles and/or mixed doubles at one sectional qualifying tournament during a calendar year. Players competing in men's singles or women's singles and mixed doubles may opt to compete at different sectional qualifying tournaments for each event (one for singles and one for mixed doubles). Participants can be of any playing level, giving everyone an equal opportunity to advance.
 
More than 1,200 players competed in the 2012 US Open National Playoffs, ranging from experienced professionals who were once ranked in the Top 50, to upcoming junior players, to current and former college standouts, to recreational players of all playing abilities and walks of life. Participants included those competing for charities as well as pastors, musicians, lawyers, reporters and stay-at-home mothers. Former notable participants include Olympic skier Bode Miller and ESPN's Mike Greenberg, who teamed with six-time US Open champion Chris Evert in mixed doubles.
 
Past Florida Champions:
 
Year Men's Champion Women's Champion Mixed Champions
2012 Eric Hechtman (Miami) Sandra Roma (Sweden) Ryler DeHeart/Megan Fudge (Largo)
2011 Oleg Dmitriev (Dania Beach) Caroline Dailey (Sarasota) Ellis Ferreira (Holmes Beach)/Amanda Rodgers (Bradenton)
2010 Olivier Sajous (Plantation) Jan Abaza (Deerfield Beach) not held
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Past National Champions:
 
 
Year Men's Champion Women's Champion Mixed Champions
2012 Clement Reix (Amiens, France) Alexandra Mueller (Abington, Pa.) Brian Battistone (Las Vegas)/Nicole Melichar (Stuart, Fla.)
2011 Blake Strode (St. Louis, Mo.) Robin Anderson (Matawan, NJ) David Martin (Tulsa, Ok.)/Christina Fusano (Plymouth, Calif.)
2010 Blake Strode (St. Louis, Mo.) Alexandra Mueller (Abington, Pa.) not held
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Additional information on the US Open National Playoffs is available now at www.USOpen.org/NationalPlayoffs.
 
 
 
 
 

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