San Diego, Calif. – (July 18, 2014) – Tournament officials have awarded singles wild cards into the main draw for the upcoming United States Tennis Association Girls’ 16s & 18s National Championships.
The national tennis event, which features the top junior players from across the country, will be played July 31 through August 9 at the Barnes Tennis Center, 4490 W. Point Loma Blvd., San Diego, Calif. 92107.
The following players were given wild cards into the singles main draws:
Helen Altick, Monroe, La.
Kylie McKenzie, Anthem, Ariz.
Ndindi Ndunda, Burke, Va.
Adriana Reami, Miami, Fla.
Sydney Riley, Dallas, Texas
Rebecca Weissmann, Loveland, Colo.
Brooke Austin, Indianapolis, Ind.
Tornado Black, Boca Raton, Fla.
Louisa Chirico, Harrison, N.Y.
Ellie Halbauer, Boca Raton, Fla.
Sofia Kenin, Pembroke Pines, Fla.
Josie Kuhlman, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
Christina Makarova, San Diego, Calif.
Ingrid Neel, Bradenton, Fla.
Nearly 400 girls aged 16 and 18 and under will compete for the title of National Champion, as well as a wild card entry into the singles main draw of the US Open Women’s Championships (for the 18s Champion) and a wild card into the US Open Junior Championships (for the 16s Champion). The 18s Doubles Champions will also receive a wild card into the US Open Women’s Doubles main draw.
“We are very pleased to give each of these players a wild card into the singles main draw,” said Co-Tournament Director Lisbeth Blum. “We are anticipating a very strong field for this year’s tournament.”
Qualifying rounds in the Girls’ 18s division will be played on Thursday, July 31 and Friday, Aug. 1. Eight qualifiers will advance to the 128-player main draw which begins with first-round action on Sunday, Aug. 3. The Girls’ 18s finals are scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 9.
In the Girls’ 16s division, qualifying rounds will also take place on Thursday, July 31 and Friday, Aug. 1. Eight qualifiers will advance to the 128-player main draw, scheduled to begin with first-round matches on Saturday, Aug. 2. The Girls’ 16s finals will be played on Friday, Aug. 8.
All qualifying matches will be played at the Barnes Tennis Center. Early-round main draw matches will also be played at the tournament’s secondary site at the San Diego State University Tennis Complex, 5375 Remington Rd., San Diego, Calif., 92115, from Saturday, Aug. 2 through Tuesday, Aug. 5.
Admission and on-site parking are free at the Barnes Tennis Center. Admission to the matches at SDSU is free. There is nominal fee for parking at SDSU. Please note, on-campus parking regulations are strictly enforced.
The starting time for each day of the tournament is as follows (all times are PDT):
Thursday, July 31 8:30 a.m. Barnes Tennis Center
Friday, Aug. 1 8:30 a.m. Barnes Tennis Center
Saturday, Aug. 2 to Monday, Aug. 4 8:30 a.m. Barnes Tennis Center & SDSU
Tuesday, Aug. 5 9 a.m. Barnes Tennis Center & SDSU
Wednesday, Aug. 6 to Saturday, Aug. 9 9 a.m. Barnes Tennis Center
Starting times are subject to change. For latest updates, go to: http://www.ustagirlsnationals.com/
The tournament’s Opening Ceremony is scheduled for 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 2 at the Barnes Tennis Center. The guest speaker will be Patrick McEnroe, former U.S. Davis Cup captain and current General Manager of USTA Player Development. David Haggerty, Chairman of the Board, CEO and President of the USTA, will also be in attendance.