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Top U.S. Tennis Players to Battle in USTA US Open Wild Card Playoff

August 16, 2010 05:17 PM
Madison Keys
Play begins this Wednesday, Aug. 18-20, at the USTA Training Center Headquarters in Boca Raton, Fla., for a new invitation-only US Open Wild Card Playoff tournament to award a men's and women's main draw singles wild card into the main draw of the 2010 US Open.

The USTA has held wild card playoffs since 2007 to determine wild cards into the Australian and French Opens per reciprocal agreements with Tennis Australia and the French Tennis Federation.

This year rather than receiving a wild card handout, the U.S. player coming out on top will have earned their way into the US Open main draw. 

"Our wild card tournaments for the Australian and French Opens have shown that our philosophy of letting our top emerging players compete for the opportunity to play at the highest levels is working," said Patrick McEnroe, general manager, USTA Player Development. "I believe that applying this process to the US Open sends a strong message to our players that opportunities such as a US Open wild card are meant to be earned through hard work, dedication and competition."

Florida players among the eight-player men's and eight-player women's fields are Julia Boserup, Andrea Collarini and Madison Keys of Boca Raton; Ryan Harrison of Bradenton; Irina Falconi of Jupiter; Alexander Domijan of Wesley Chapel; and Austin Krajicek of Brandon.

Other players are Chase Buchanan of New Albany, Ohio; Madison Brengle of Dover, Del.; Beatrice Capra of Ellicott City, Md.; Jarmere Jenkins of College Park, Ga.; Nicole Gibbs of Santa Monica, Calif.; Steve Johnson of Orange, Calif.; Krista Hardebeck of Santa Ana, Calif.; Tim Smyczek of Milwaukee, Wis.; and Alison Riske of McMurray, Pa.
Play will begin each day at 10 a.m. ET. The men's and women's finals will be played consecutively, with the women's final starting at 10 a.m. on Aug. 20, and a best-of-five set men's final to follow. The event will be free to the public throughout.   






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