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Tallahassee to Host 2014 US Open Tennis Qualifying Tournament

March 11, 2014 12:15 PM
USONP_2014_Florida_logoFrom adult club tennis to high school players, USTA League players to juniors and teaching pros, anyone can now say they've competed in the (pre-)qualifying for the US Open. For players 14 years or older, the US Open National Playoffs will for the fifth year again offer players that chance in June.

The Scott Speicher Tennis Center on the Florida State University campus in Tallahassee will host the 2014 US Open National Playoffs-Florida Sectional Qualifying Tournament, to be held June 19-22, 2014.

The US Open National Playoffs include both men's and women's singles, as well as mixed doubles. The USTA created the US Open National Playoffs to expand the footprint of the US Open to cities nationwide by providing the opportunity for all players 14 years of age and older to earn a berth into the US Open.

Past Florida Section Champions:

Men:


2013 -- Jeff Dadamo, Tampa *
2012 -- Eric Hechtman, Miami
2011 -- Oleg Dmitriev, Dania Beach
2010 -- Olivier Sajous, Plantation

Women:

2013 --
Amy Sargeant, Great Britain
2012 -- Sandra Roma, Sweden
2011 -- Caroline Dailey, Sarasota
2010 -- Jan Abaza, Deerfield Beach

Mixed:

2013 --
Jesse/Sarah Witten, Naples (brother/sister)
2012 -- Ryler DeHeart/Megan Fudge, Largo (husband/wife)
2011 -- Ellis Ferreira, Holmes Beach/Amanda Rodgers, Bradenton (former Slam winner/student)
2010 -- not held

* Won the national championship that year

Florida Section winners qualify for the national event. 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 national mixed doubles champions receive a wildcard into the main draw of the 2014 US Open.

The US Open National Playoffs begin as a series of 13 sectional qualifying tournaments, held in different USTA Sections nationwide, including Tallahassee. The 13 men's, women's and mixed doubles champions or top available finishers from each sectional qualifying tournament will advance to the US Open National Playoffs-Men's and Women's Singles Championship, held Aug. 15-18, 2014, and the Mixed Doubles Championship, held Aug. 20-23. All three tournaments will take place in conjunction with the New Haven Open at Yale, an Emirates Airline US Open Series event.

Registration opens on Saturday, March 15, at www.USOpen.org/NationalPlayoffs. All players competing must have a current USTA membership valid through Aug. 25, 2014. Players can enter the Florida event starting March 15, and the entry deadline is June 9.
 
"The US Open National Playoffs is all about connecting people to the US Open and giving everyone the opportunity to fulfill their dreams of playing on tennis' biggest stage" said USTA National Chairman, CEO, and President Dave Haggerty. "We're thrilled to be holding this event for the fifth straight year. It truly is one of a kind, and we look forward to another exciting year of watching top junior players, collegians, teaching pros, 'weekend warriors,' and recreational players earn their way into the US Open."

More than 1,100 players competed in the 2013 US Open National Playoffs, ranging from experienced professionals who were once ranked in the Top 50, to junior players and current/former college standouts, to recreational players of all playing abilities and walks of life. Participants included those competing for charity, as well as pastors and rabbis, musicians, lawyers, reporters, former athletes, and stay-at-home mothers. Previous notable participants include Olympic skier Bode Miller, rapper Redfoo of the music group LMFAO, and ESPN's Mike Greenberg, who teamed with six-time US Open champion Chris Evert in mixed doubles.

Additional information on the US Open National Playoffs is available now at www.USOpen.org/NationalPlayoffs

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