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USTA US Open Wildcard Race; 10-U Americas Team Games in Boca Raton

June 19, 2013 03:41 PM

USTA to Award US Open Wildcards to Top Pro Circuit Players

usta pro circuit logo-collageUSTA Player Development will award main draw 2013 US Open wildcards to one American man and one American woman who earn the most ATP World Tour and WTA tour ranking points in a series of USTA Pro Circuit events this summer.
Only players who have not earned direct acceptance into the US Open are eligible for the wildcard.
On the men's side the four USTA Pro Circuit events will be the $50,000 Levene Gouldin & Thompson Tennis Challenger, Binghamton, N.Y. (week of July 15); the $50,000 Fifth Third Bank Championships, Lexington, Ky. (week of July 22); the $100,000 Odlum Brown VanOpen presented by Invesco, Vancouver, Canada (week of July 29); and the $100,000 Comerica Bank Challenger, Aptos, Calif. (week of Aug. 5).
The three women's events will be the $50,000 Yakima Regional Hospital Challenger, Yakima, Wash. (week of July 8); the $50,000 Oregon Challenger, Portland, Ore. (week of July 15); and the $50,000 Fifth Third Bank Championships, Lexington, Ky. (week of July 22).
All the events will be streamed live on www.procircuit.usta.com.
For players the best two results from their total events played will be used to determine the wildcard recipients.
The USTA first used this format for its 2012 French Open wildcards, won by Melanie Oudin and Brian Baker, who each advanced to the second round at last year's French Open and subsequently broke into the Top 100. The USTA also used this format to grant a men's and women's main draw wildcard into the 2012 US Open, which was won by Steve Johnson and Mallory Burdette, who both reached the third round of the US Open, as well as for the 2013 French Open wildcards, which were won by Alex Kuznetsov and Shelby Rogers.

Boca Raton to Host 1st Americas Team Games with 10 and Under Tennis

blackman_tennis_academy_logoThe Boca Raton Resort & Club, in conjunction with Blackman Tennis Academy will host the first-time Americas Team Games on Aug. 11-15, 2013. The invitation-only event will feature young players age 9-11 from North, South and Central America, along with the Caribbean.
The Boca Raton Resort & Club is home to the Blackman Tennis Academy, a high-performance tennis program for junior players seeking to play collegiate or professional tennis.
Running simultaneously with The Americas Team Games will be a USPTA/USTA Coaches Workshop-10 and Under Tennis Focus. The event will highlight coaching education pertaining to training and teaching best practices for 10 and Under Tennis development. Experts from the U.S. and around the world will educate coaches on how to use 10 and Under Tennis formats in teaching and training young players in a manner that cultivates their love for the game and maximizes their long-term development.
"We are thrilled The Americas Team Games will integrate the 10 and Under Tennis format, which enables kids to play and compete on courts and with equipment scaled to suit their needs and abilities," said USTA Managing Director, Youth and Collegiate Tennis, Scott Schultz. "The coaches' training and education taking place during The Americas Team Games provides a unique opportunity to help ensure kids achieve success right from the start."
The Americas Team Games event will give players from the Americas an opportunity to train with each other and interact with children from different countries and cultures. Players will participate in team competition, on-court training, educational sessions, and off-court social activities.
"The USTA has shown tremendous vision and leadership in following through on a comprehensive 10 and under strategy, and we look forward to following their guidelines to make this event a success," said Erik Silver, tennis director at Boca Raton Resort & Club. "The most rewarding part of this event will be seeing kids from different countries training together and playing together, and learning about their respective cultures."
The USTA 10 and Under Tennis format is geared toward getting more kids to participate in tennis using modified equipment and courts tailored to a child's size. By featuring shorter and lighter racquets, slower-bouncing balls, smaller courts and simplified scoring, children learn to play more quickly and easily while having more fun in the process. For all, The Americas Games concept emphasizes teamwork and development, and de-emphasizes outcome by placing the focus on learning and having fun.
"We believe that 10 and Under Tennis has created a paradigm shift in developmental coaching," said Martin Blackman, director of Blackman Tennis Academy. "It allows young players to learn the game in the right environment, with the appropriate equipment. At BTA, our training is rigorous, but our surroundings are beautiful. That's a great combination and will provide a perfect setting for this special event that looks to the future of our sport. "
For more information on 10 and Under Tennis, please visit www.10andundertennis.com. For more information on Blackman Tennis Academy, please visit www.blackmantennis.com. For information on how to participate in Americas Team Games please contact the Blackman Tennis academy at (561) 221-5620 or at blackmantennis@gmail.com.





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