August 4, 2015

Serena Williams Leads 2015 US Open Women’s Field

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From the USTA: White Plains, N.Y., July 22, 2015 – The USTA today announced that world No. 1 and three-time defending champion Serena Williams leads the women’s field for the 2015 US Open Tennis Championships. Williams is joined by 99 of the world’s top 101 women, including world No. 2 and former US Open champion Maria Sharapova, 2014 US Open finalist Caroline Wozniacki, two-time US Open champion and world No. 15 Venus Williams, and former US Open champions Samantha Stosur and Svetlana Kuznetsova.

 

In total, 33 different countries are represented in the women’s field. Eleven U.S. women received direct entry into the main draw – the most of any country – with seven Americans ranked in the Top 50.

 

The 2015 US Open will be played Monday, August 31, through Sunday, September 13, at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y. The US Open Women’s Singles Championship is presented by J.P. Morgan.

 

Leading the entry list is world No. 1 Serena Williams, who won her sixth US Open crown in 2014, tying her with Chris Evert for the most US Open women’s singles titles in the Open Era. This year, Williams is also going for the calendar Grand Slam at the US Open, last won in 1988 by Steffi Graf. Williams won her 21st Grand Slam singles title at Wimbledon this month, which ranks third all-time, just one behind Graf (an Open-era record of 22) and Margaret Court (24 all-time).

 

Joining Williams in the field’s top four are world No. 2 Sharapova, of Russia, the 2006 US Open champion who won her fifth Grand Slam singles title last year at the French Open; No. 3 Simona Halep, of Romania, a 2014 French Open finalist and Wimbledon semifinalist; and No. 4 Petra Kvitova, of the Czech Republic, the 2011 and 2014 Wimbledon champion.

 

Following the top four are: No. 5 Caroline Wozniacki, of Denmark, the 2009 and 2014 US Open finalist; No. 6 Ana Ivanovic, of Serbia, the 2012 US Open quarterfinalist and 2008 French Open champion; No. 7 Agnieszka Radwanska, of Poland, the first Polish player to reach a Grand Slam singles final (2012 Wimbledon) and this year’s Wimbledon semifinalist; No. 8 Lucie Safarova, of the Czech Republic, who reached her first Grand Slam singles final at the French Open this year and also won this year’s French Open and Australian Open doubles titles; No. 9 Garbiñe Muguruza, of Spain, who reached the final at Wimbledon this year and has never won a US Open main draw match; and No. 10 Carla Suárez Navarro, of Spain, a four-time Grand Slam quarterfinalist who reached the US Open quarterfinals in 2013.

 

Nine players who have won Grand Slam singles titles in their careers are competing in the US Open this year, including two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka, former world No. 1 and 2008 French Open champion Ana Ivanovic, of Serbia, and 2010 French Open champion Francesca Schiavone, of Italy.

 

Belgium’s Kirsten Flipkens, ranked No. 101, is the last player accepted directly into the women’s field of 128. One player has withdrawn due to a back injury, No. 29 Shuai Peng, of China. Four players are using a special ranking to gain entry into the main draw – No. 56 Petra Cetkovska, of the Czech Republic, No. 58 Laura Robson, of Great Britain, No. 73 Vania King, of the United States, and No. 87 Alisa Kleybanova, of Russia. Sixteen more players will gain entry through the US Open Qualifying Tournament, August 25-28, while the remaining eight spots are wild cards awarded by the USTA.

 

In addition to Serena Williams and Venus Williams, the other American women who received direct entry into this year’s tournament include No. 18 Madison Keys, of Rock Island, Ill., No. 32 Coco Vandeweghe, of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., No. 34 Sloane Stephens, of Coral Springs, Fla., No. 39 Madison Brengle, of Dover, Del., No. 45 Varvara Lepchenko, of Allentown, Pa., No. 54 Alison Riske, of Pittsburgh, No. 59 Christina McHale, of Englewood Cliffs, N.J., No.  76 Irina Falconi, of West Palm Beach, Fla., and No. 83 Lauren Davis, of Boca Raton, Fla.

 

Several of the young Americans listed above have had breakout performances on the WTA tour this year. Keys, 20, reached the semifinals of the Australian Open and the quarterfinals of Wimbledon, while also reaching one WTA final in Charleston, S.C.; Vandeweghe, 23, reached the Wimbledon quarterfinals; Stephens, 22, reached two WTA semifinals; and Brengle, 25, reached her first career WTA final in Hobart.

 

Among the players competing in the US Open Qualifying Tournament will be the winner of the sixth annual US Open National Playoffs – Women’s Championship, held during the Emirates Airline US Open Series’ Connecticut Open in New Haven, Conn., prior to the US Open Qualifying Tournament. The USTA created the US Open National Playoffs in 2010 to allow players 14 and older, regardless of playing ability or nationality, to vie for a spot in the US Open Qualifying Tournament via one of 14 sectional qualifying tournaments.

 

The July 20 edition of the WTA rankings was used to determine the US Open main draw entry list. Seeds will be determined and announced closer to the start of the event.

 

The 2015 US Open will mark the culmination of the Emirates Airline US Open Series, the North American summer season of seven ATP World Tour and WTA events that begin Monday, July 27.

 

The US Open is the highest-attended annual sporting event in the world. 2015 marks the first year of an 11-year agreement between the USTA and ESPN, which will see the US Open carried on ESPN through 2025. During the 2015 US Open, ESPN and ESPN2 will combine to air more than 130 hours of live match play with more than 1,100 hours of first-to-last ball coverage to be seen on ESPN3, which will also be hosted on the US Open website – USOpen.org.  In an expansion of its US Open coverage, ESPN will feature play from 11 courts.

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Novak Djokovic Headlines the Men’s Field at the 2015 US Open

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From the USTA: White Plains, N.Y., July 22, 2015 – The USTA today announced that world No. 1 Novak Djokovic, Wimbledon finalist Roger Federer, and defending champion Marin Cilic lead the men’s singles field for the 2015 US Open Tennis Championships. The field features five former US Open champions, including Djokovic (2011), five-time champion Federer (2004-08), two-time champion Rafael Nadal (2010, 2013), Andy Murray (2012), and defending champion Cilic (2014).

 

Each of the world’s top 99 men received direct entry into the US Open, representing 40 countries.

 

The 2015 US Open will be played Monday, August 31, through Sunday, September 13, at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y. The US Open Men’s Singles Championship is presented by Mercedes-Benz.

 

Leading the entry list is Djokovic, the Serbian world No. 1 who has reached the US Open final five times, winning the title in 2011. He won his eighth and ninth major singles titles this year at the Australian Open and Wimbledon.

 

World No. 2 Federer, of Switzerland, is the all-time leader with 17 major singles titles, and was bidding for his eighth Wimbledon title this month before falling to Djokovic in the final. Federer is competing for his sixth US Open title, which would surpass Pete Sampras and Jimmy Connors for the most US Open men’s singles titles in the Open Era.

 

Great Britain’s Murray, the world No. 3, won the US Open in 2012 after winning the Olympic gold medal in London. He also won Wimbledon in 2013, where he became the first British man in 77 years to win the championship, and reached the Australian Open final this year, losing to Djokovic.

 

Stanislas Wawrinka, the Swiss world No. 4 and a 2013 US Open semifinalist, won his first major singles championship at the Australian Open in 2014, joining Juan Martin del Potro (2009 US Open) and Cilic (2014 US Open) as the only men outside the “Big Four” of Djokovic, Nadal, Federer and Murray to win a Grand Slam since the 2005 French Open. Wawrinka also won this year’s French Open title, defeating Djokovic.

 

Filling out the field’s top 10 are: No. 5 Kei Nishikori, of Japan, the 2014 US Open finalist; No. 6 Tomas Berdych, of the Czech Republic, a 2012 US Open semifinalist and 2010 Wimbledon finalist; No. 7 David Ferrer, of Spain, the 2013 French Open finalist and two-time US Open semifinalist (2007, 2012); No. 8 Milos Raonic, of Canada, a 2014 Wimbledon semifinalist; No. 9 Cilic, of Croatia, the US Open defending champion and 2010 Australian Open semifinalist; and No. 10 Nadal, of Spain, the 2010 and 2013 US Open champion and 14-time Grand Slam champion.

 

Italy’s Marco Cecchinato, ranked No. 99, is the last man to receive direct entry into the field of 128. Five players used a protected ranking to gain entry including No. 25 Mardy Fish, of the United States, No. 25 Tommy Haas, of Germany, No. 34 Florian Mayer, of Germany, No. 39 Janko Tipsarevic, of Serbia, and No. 57 Radek Stepanek, of the Czech Republic. Sixteen more players will gain entry through the US Open Qualifying Tournament, held August 25-28, while the eight remaining spots are wild cards awarded by the USTA.

 

American men who received direct entry are No. 18 John Isner, of Greensboro, N.C., No. 31 Jack Sock, of Lincoln, Neb., No. 34 Sam Querrey, of Las Vegas, No. 46 Steve Johnson, of Orange, Calif., No. 55 Donald Young, of Atlanta, No. 75 Tim Smyczek, of Tampa, Fla., No. 86 Rajeev Ram, of Carmel, Ind.; and No. 96 Denis Kudla, of Arlington, Va.

 

Among the players competing in the US Open Qualifying Tournament will be the winner of the sixth annual US Open National Playoffs – Men’s Championship, held during the Emirates Airline US Open Series’ Connecticut Open in New Haven, Conn., prior to the US Open Qualifying Tournament. The USTA created the US Open National Playoffs in 2010 to allow players 14 and older, regardless of playing ability or nationality, to vie for a spot in the US Open Qualifying Tournament via one of 14 sectional qualifying tournaments.

 

The July 20 edition of the Emirates ATP Rankings was used to determine the US Open main draw entry list. Seeds will be determined and announced closer to the start of the event.

 

The 2015 US Open will mark the culmination of the Emirates Airline US Open Series, the North American summer season of seven ATP World Tour and WTA events that begin Monday, July 27.

 

The US Open is the highest-attended annual sporting event in the world. 2015 marks the first year of an 11-year agreement between the USTA and ESPN, which will see the US Open carried on ESPN through 2025. During the 2015 US Open, ESPN and ESPN2 will combine to air more than 130 hours of live match play with more than 1,100 hours of first-to-last ball coverage to be seen on ESPN3, which will also be hosted on the US Open website – USOpen.org.  In an expansion of its US Open coverage, ESPN will feature play from 11 courts.

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USTA and ESPN Expand US Open and US Open Series Coverage

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WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., July 21, 2015 – The USTA today announced that for the 2015 summer tennis season, ESPN will broadcast over 1800 hours of live tennis action across it’s platforms as the exclusive live domestic television and digital media partner for the US Open and Emirates Airline US Open Series.  2015 marks the first year of an 11-year agreement between the USTA and ESPN, which will see the US Open carried on ESPN through 2025.
The unprecedented tennis coverage will feature over 200 hours of live match play on ESPN and ESPN2, with more than 1600 hours to be featured on ESPN3 – ESPN’s live multi-screen sports network, a destination that delivers thousands of hours of exclusive sports annually.
“The opportunity for tennis to be seen across ESPN platforms affords the sport a stage that reaches far beyond the eyes of just the traditional tennis fan and into the homes of all sports fans,” said USTA Chairman of the Board and President Katrina Adams. “The ability to be top of mind throughout the summer is an incredible chance to highlight some of the greatest athletes in the world, including Serena Williams as she continues her historic pursuit of the calendar Grand Slam, and continue to grow the sport throughout the country.”
“We are delighted to work with the USTA to bring tennis fans even more comprehensive coverage of the most important tennis this summer between the Series and US Open over the next seven weeks” said Scott Guglielmino, SVP, Programming and Global X. “We are extremely excited for our first year of exclusive coverage of the US Open, giving us the opportunity to leverage our TV and digital media platforms to further engage fans with more ways and more hours to watch as the game’s greatest athletes compete.”
Over the five week calendar of the Emirates Airline US Open Series, ESPN2 will air nearly 70 hours of live coverage, while ESPN3 will carry more than 500 hours of action.  In total, there will be 34 consecutive days of coverage for these tournaments.  For the first time, fans will be able to access coverage on the Emirates Airline US Open Series main website – emiratesusopenseries.com – as well as the respective tournament websites, through the integration of the ESPN3 Media Player.  ESPN3 is also accessible on line at WatchESPN.com and on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app.
During the 2015 US Open, ESPN and ESPN2 will combine to air more than 130 hours of live match play with more than 1100 hours of first-to-last ball coverage to be seen on ESPN3, which will also be hosted on the US Open website – usopen.org.  In an expansion of its US Open coverage, ESPN will feature play from 11 courts.
“This overarching agreement with and commitment from ESPN is incredibly important to the USTA and to tennis, at large, as it brings the sport to the fans on a larger scale than ever before,” said Gordon Smith, USTA Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer.  “The reach of ESPN is undeniable, and the ability to watch the US Open and Emirates Airline US Open Series throughout the summer, across a number of ESPN’s platforms markedly enhances the experience for the tennis viewer.”
For the 2015 US Open, the men’s singles final will return to its traditional Sunday (September 13) afternoon timeslot and the women’s singles final will be scheduled for Saturday (September 12) afternoon – both finals will air on ESPN.  The men’s singles semifinals will take place on Friday (September 11) afternoon, with the women’s singles semifinals scheduled for primetime on the second Thursday (September 10) night of the tournament. This schedule reaffirms the USTA’s commitment to providing a day of rest for singles competitors between the singles semifinals and singles finals.
Prior to the start of the tournament, ESPN will kick-off its coverage of the US Open on Sunday, August 30 with a broadcast of Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day presented by Hess from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. (ET) and a US Open preview show from 2:00 – 2:30 p.m. (ET), both to be broadcast on ESPN2.  Additionally, leading into the men’s singles final, ESPN will televise a 30-minute “Blue Carpet” special, enabling the fans to get an inside look at the excitement, pageantry and celebrity surrounding the day.
In addition to ESPN’s coverage at the Open, Tennis Channel, for the seventh year, will offer pre and post-match coverage, analysis, and match encores throughout the two weeks of the US Open.
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USTA Launches 2015 US Open Wild Card Challenge

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WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., July 9, 2015 – The USTA today announced the launch of the 2015 US Open Wild Card Challenge, which will once again utilize the USTA Pro Circuit to award wild cards into the US Open.

 

In the US Open Wild Card Challenge, the American man and American woman who earn the most ATP World Tour and WTA ranking points at two of three select USTA Pro Circuit hard-court events this summer will earn main draw wild cards into the US Open. Only Americans who did not earn direct entry into the US Open are eligible.

 

All tournaments will be streamed live on www.procircuit.usta.com. Tournaments can also be followed on the USTA Pro Circuit’s smartphone app by searching “procircuit” in the app store.

 

The University of the Pacific $50,000 USTA Pro Circuit Challenger, a new $50,000 USTA Pro Circuit women’s event in Stockton, Calif., kicks off the wild card challenge the week of July 13. The men’s component of the wild card challenge will begin the following week.

 

The US Open Wild Card Challenge will consist of the following events:

 

USTA Pro Circuit Women’s Events

  • University of the Pacific $50,000 USTA Pro Circuit Challenger, $50,000, Stockton, Calif. (week of July 13)
  • FSP Gold River Women’s Challenger, $50,000, Sacramento, Calif. (week of July 20)
  • Kentucky Bank Tennis Championships, $50,000, Lexington, Ky. (week of July 27)

USTA Pro Circuit Men’s Events

  • Levene Gouldin & Thompson Tennis Challenger, $50,000, Binghamton, N.Y. (week of July 20)
  • Kentucky Bank Tennis Championships, $50,000, Lexington, Ky. (week of July 27)
  • Comerica Bank Challenger, $100,000, Aptos, Calif. (week of August 10)

The USTA first used this US Open wild card format for its 2012 wild cards, won by Steve Johnson and Mallory Burdette, both of whom reached the third round of the US Open. In 2013, Bradley Klahn and Shelby Rogers earned the wild cards, with Klahn winning his first-round match. And, last year, Nicole Gibbs reached the third round of the US Open (her career-best Grand Slam result), while Wayne Odesnik earned the men’s wild card. The USTA also utilizes this wild card challenge format for the French Open and Australian Open.

 

The 2015 US Open main draw will be held Monday, Aug. 31, to Sunday, Sept. 13.

 

Information on the US Open Wild Card Challenge will be available at www.procircuit.usta.com and on Twitter through @USTAProCircuit.

 

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Final Piece of Steel Tops Off “Roof” Structure Atop Arthur Ashe Stadium

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(June 10, 2015) Flushing Meadows, N.Y. – The United States Tennis Association announced that the final piece of steel has been placed in the superstructure that will support the retractable roof over Arthur Ashe Stadium.  In all, 5,000 tons of steel were needed to complete the massive project.  The roof will be fully operational for the 2016 US Open.

 

The retractable roof is the centerpiece of a complete re-imagining of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.  The transformation of the site will include the roof over Arthur Ashe Stadium, a new 8,000-seat Grandstand Stadium, a new 14.000-seat Louis Armstrong Stadium, and the reconfiguration of the entire southern campus of the site.  Construction on the new Grandstand Stadium has begun, with 90,000 cubic yards of fill removed from the site.  The steel shell of the new stadium will begin to rise as foundation work is ongoing.  The Grandstand Stadium will open for the 2016 US Open.

 

The USTA began the first phase of upgrades last year when the organization re-designed and rebuilt the West Stadium Courts and Practice Gallery.  Platform seating for 3,000 people was constructed so that, for the first time, fans could enjoy unobstructed views of US Open seeded players practicing. The structure also provided a prime viewing location for the three tournament courts to the west of Arthur Ashe Stadium.

 

“We are redefining ‘spectacular’ at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center and this transformation will allow the  US Open to maintain its place at the  pinnacle of sporting experiences in the U.S. and around the world,” said Gordon Smith, USTA Chief Operating Officer. “With a retractable roof over Arthur Ashe Stadium, two new stadiums and an expanded southern campus, the National Tennis Center will become the best tennis venue in the world.”

This transformation of the National Tennis Center, a $500 million project that is privately funded by the USTA, will include:

 

  • A retractable roof over Arthur Ashe Stadium (operational in 2016)
  • A new Grandstand Stadium (slated to open in 2016)
  • A new Food Village adjacent to Grandstand Stadium (2016)
  • An expanded southern campus that will include new tournament courts and enhanced fan amenties (2016)
  • A new Louis Armstrong Stadium (scheduled completion date 2018)
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Megan McCray and Emmanuel Mensah Crowned Champions at USTA National Open Hard Court Championships

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San Diego, Calif. – (June 7, 2015) – Megan McCray of Oceanside, Calif., and Emmanuel Mensah of Imperial Beach, Calif., captured USTA gold balls as they won singles titles at the USTA National Open Hard Court Championships at the Balboa Tennis Club.

The 19-year-old McCray, who was seeded third, dominated fourth-seeded Jwany Sherif of El Cajon, Calif., winning 6-1, 6-2 in one-hour and 20 minutes. McCray dropped her serve in the opening game, but regrouped and rallied to win 12 of the next 14 games to wrap up the championship.

“I was pretty aggressive and coming in worked for me. One of the keys was not losing my serve again after that first game,” said McCray, who also won the tournament singles title in 2013. “These courts are comfortable for me.  I like the fast surface and the pace, it suits my game.”

In the men’s championship, third-seeded Emmanuel Mensah of Imperial Beach, Calif., won his first career USTA gold ball as he defeated seventh-seeded Jacob Brumm of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., 6-1, 7-5 in one-hour and 35 minutes.

After losing the first set, the 16-year-old Brumm, who just completed his sophomore year at San Diego’s Torrey Pines High School, took a 5-2 in the second set. Just when it looked like the match would be pushed to a third set, Mensah began a furious comeback.

In the end, the experience of Mensah, a local tennis teaching professional, proved too much for Brumm as the 26-year-old native of Ghana swept the final five games of the match to win the title.

“I started getting tired and I realized he (Brumm) was pumped up and wasn’t going to quit. I had to step it up. I pushed myself and I was able to come back in the second set,” Mensah said. “I’m just happy. It’s the highlight of my career.”

It was a day to remember for McCray as she also the captured the women’s doubles and mixed doubles titles to end the tournament with three USTA gold balls.

She teamed in women’s doubles with sister Morgan McCray to defeat Sabastiani Leon of San Diego, and Sydney Van Alphen of Laguna Beach, Calif., 6-0, 6-2. Later in the day, McCray and Alan Chang of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., won the mixed doubles title over Millie Yablonicky of Encinitas, Calif., and Simon Shen of  La Jolla, Calif., 6-2, 6-3

Complete scores and results as well as updated draws for all divisions can be found at:
http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=153113

Former tournament champions include current American star Jack Sock and former touring tennis professionals Gretchen Magers, Rosalyn Nideffer and Allison Bradshaw.  The tournament was voted, “2011 Tournament of the Year” by the San Diego District Tennis Association.

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Singles Finals Set for USTA National Open Hard Court Championships

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San Diego, Calif. – (June 6, 2015) – Following a thrilling day of semifinal action, the men’s and women’s singles finals of the USTA National Open Hard Court Championships are set for Sunday at the Balboa Tennis Club.

Third-seeded Emmanuel Mensah of Imperial Beach, Calif., booked a spot in the men’s singles final as he used a steady baseline game to get past top-seeded Rob Bellamy of Pacific Palisades, Calif., 6-4, 6-4.

“Last year I lost in the semis, so to move one step ahead, it makes me the happiest guy right now,” Mensah said. “He (Bellamy) was the top seed and he’s going to bring his ‘A’ game. I got lucky on some points and it went my way. It was a good match.”

The 26-year-old Mensah has represented Ghana in Davis Cup play and is currently a tennis-teaching professional in Coronado, Calif. Mensah says he is looking forward to Sunday’s championship and the opportunity to win his first USTA gold ball.

Seventh-seeded Jacob Brumm of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., will play Mensah for the men’s championship. Brumm advanced to the final by walkover as ninth-seeded Rae Lan of San Diego was unable to play their semifinal match due to a personal scheduling conflict.

In the women’s draw, fourth-seeded Jwany Sherif advanced to the women’s final after winning her semifinal match in three hours and eight minutes. The 19 year old from El Cajon, Calif., scored an exciting 2-6, 7-5, 6-3 victory over second-seeded Kristina Smith of Laguna Niguel, Calif.

Third-seeded Megan McCray of Oceanside, Calif., will face Sherif in the singles championship. McCray, who won the tournament in 2013, dispatched fifth-seeded Mira Ruder-Hook of Denver, 6-2, 6-2 in the semifinals. Ruder-Hook, who plays collegiate tennis for the University of Michigan, could not contend with McCray’s consistency or speed during the straight-set match.

Sunday’s schedule will feature the women’s singles championship at 9 a.m., followed by the men’s singles championship, not before 11 a.m. Admission for spectators is free and open to the public. On-site parking is free. (All times are PDT)

Complete scores and results as well as updated draws for all divisions can be found at:
http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=153113

The winners of each division will be awarded a USTA gold ball, while the runner-up will be awarded a USTA silver ball. There will also be a 3rd/4th place playoff for the USTA bronze ball.  All draws will have consolation events.

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USTA National Open Hard Court Championships– Friday Results

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San Diego, Calif. – (June 5, 2015) – It was a tough day for the top seeds at the USTA National Open Hard Court Championships. One top seed tumbled out of the tournament after a tough three-set loss, while the other top seed needed almost three and a half hours to advance.

On a cool, cloudy morning at the Balboa Tennis Club, top women’s seed Alexandra Valenstein of Laguna Beach, Calif., was ousted by hard-hitting Mira Ruder-Hook of Denver, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 in three hours and two minutes in a quarterfinal match on Court No. 8.

Ruder-Hook, the fifth-seed who stands 6 foot 2, recently completed her freshman year at the University of Michigan, where she posted a 22-17 record in singles and a 24-10 record in doubles.

“The girls here are all really tough. There is no easy round. I just have to stay focused and play one match at a time,” Ruder-Hook said after her quarterfinal victory. “This tournament is well-run. It’s been awesome and the weather is fantastic.”

Third-seeded Megan McCray of Oceanside, Calif., will take on Ruder-Hook in Saturday’s semifinals. McCray, the 2013 tournament singles champion, breezed past Haley Giavara of San Diego, 6-1, 6-0 in her quarterfinal encounter.

Top men’s seed Rob Bellamy of Pacific Palisades, Calif., advanced to the semifinals, but it wasn’t easy as he needed three-hours and 18 minutes to get past ninth-seeded Saxon Buehning of Essex Fells, N.J., 7-6 (6), 2-6, 7-5.

Buehning, the 20-year-old son of former touring tennis professional Fritz Buehning, served for the match at 5-3 in the third set. However, Bellamy came through with a key service break and then tied the final set at 5-5 after holding serve.

In the 11th game, Bellamy picked up the level of his game and pressured Buehning, who double faulted on break point to give Bellamy a 6-5 lead. The top-seed went on to serve out the match.

Bellamy will face third-seeded Emmanuel Mensah of Imperial Beach, Calif., in Saturday’s semifinals. Mensah, who also reached last year’s semifinals, eliminated eighth-seeded Yates Johnson of New Braunfels, Texas, 6-4, 7-5 in a quarterfinal match.

Saturday’s schedule will feature women’s semifinal singles matches beginning at 9 a.m.; followed by men’s semifinal singles matches at 11 a.m. Admission for spectators is free and open to the public. On-site parking is free. (All times are PDT)

Complete scores and results as well as updated draws for all divisions can be found at:
http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=153113

The winners of each division will be awarded a USTA gold ball, while the runner-up will be awarded a USTA silver ball. There will also be a 3rd/4th place playoff for the USTA bronze ball.  All draws will have consolation events.

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USTA National Open Hard Court Championships – Thursday Results

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San Diego, Calif. – (June 4, 2015) – A year ago Alexandra Valenstein of Laguna Hills, Calif., lost in the women’s singles final of the USTA National Open Hard Court Championships. This year, the 18-year-old returns as the number one seed and is looking to capture the title.

On a cool and cloudy day at the Balboa Tennis Club, Valenstein took the first step towards the championship as she dispatched 21-year-old Desiree Tran of Lake Elsinore, Calif., 6-2, 6-2 in her opening match of the tournament.

“This tournament was so supportive and positive (last year). The energy was fantastic. I came back and aimed my sights on that championship,” Valenstein said. “My expectations this year are to play some good tennis and some good players, have some fun out there and enjoy it.”

Valenstein has been competing this year in International Tennis Federation (ITF) and USTA Pro Circuit events. Later this fall, she will begin her collegiate tennis career at Texas Tech University.

“Playing in a tournament that has such high-level competition is fantastic,” said Valenstein, who will play  a $10,000 USTA Pro Circuit event in Charlotte, N.C., next week. “This is a good preparation tournament for me.” Valenstein is scheduled to face fifth-seeded Mira Ruder-Hook of Denver in the quarterfinals.

Brandon Nakashima’s impressive tournament run came to an end on Thursday afternoon on Court No. 5, as the 13-year-old San Diego resident lost to fellow San Diegan Rae Lan 6-1, 6-7, 7-5 in a fourth-round match that took two-hours and 40 minutes to complete.

After splitting the first two sets, Rae, the No. 9 seed, took a 5-3 lead in the final set. Nakashima rallied to tie the set at 5-5. However, Rae scored a critical service break in the eleventh game and would go on to serve out the match.

In other men’s fourth-round action, top-seeded Rob Bellamy of Pacific Palisades, Calif., eased past ninth-seeded Addison Appleby of La Jolla, Calif., 6-0, 6-2 and third-seeded Emmanuel Mensah of Imperial Beach, Calif., eliminated ninth-seeded Henry Ji of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., 6-2, 6-2.

Friday’s schedule will feature women’s quarterfinal singles matches beginning at 9 a.m., followed by men’s quarterfinal singles matches at 11 a.m. Admission for spectators is free and open to the public. On-site parking is free. (All times are PDT)

Complete scores and results as well as updated draws for all divisions can be found at:
http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=153113

The winners of each division will be awarded a USTA gold ball, while the runner-up will be awarded a USTA silver ball. There will also be a 3rd/4th place playoff for the USTA bronze ball.  All draws will have consolation events.

Former tournament champions include current American star Jack Sock and former touring tennis professionals Gretchen Magers, Rosalyn Nideffer and Allison Bradshaw.  The tournament was voted, “2011 Tournament of the Year” by the San Diego District Tennis Association.

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USTA National Open Hard Court Championships – Wednesday Results

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San Diego, Calif. – (June 3, 2015) – Following a day off, players in the men’s singles main draw will be back in action at the USTA National Open Hard Court Championships. An exciting day of fourth-round singles matches will highlight Thursday’s schedule at the Balboa Tennis Club.

Top-seeded Rob Bellamy of Pacific Palisades, Calif., will take on ninth-seeded Addison Appleby of La Jolla, Calif., while third-seeded Emmanuel Mensah of Imperial Beach, Calif., plays ninth-seeded Henry Ji of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. Both matches will begin at 10:30 a.m. (PDT).

Thirteen-year-old Brandon Nakashima will look to continue his amazing run at the tournament. But to reach the quarterfinals, he will need to get past fellow San Diegan Rae Lan, who is seeded ninth. Their fourth-round encounter is set to start at 11 a.m. (PDT).

After receiving a first-round bye, top-seeded Alexandra Valenstein of Laguna Hills, Calif., will play her second-round match in the women’s draw on Thursday. The 18-year-old Valenstein, who will play collegiate tennis at Texas Tech University this fall, is scheduled to face unseeded Desiree Tran of Lake Elsinore, Calif., at 11 a.m. (PDT).

Third-seeded Megan McCray of Oceanside, Calif., will play her second-round match against Sydney Van Alphen of Laguna Beach, Calif., at 9 a.m. (PDT). McCray captured the singles title at the USTA National Open Hard Court Championships in 2013.

Complete scores and results as well as updated draws for all divisions can be found at:
http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=153113

The winners of each division will be awarded a USTA gold ball, while the runner-up will be awarded a USTA silver ball. There will also be a 3rd/4th place playoff for the USTA bronze ball.  All draws will have consolation events.

Matches will begin at 9 a.m. each day of the tournament. The semifinals will be played on Saturday, June 6. The schedule on Sunday, June 7 will feature the women’s singles final at 9 a.m., followed by the men’s singles final, not before 11 a.m. Admission for spectators is free and open to the public. On-site parking is free. (All times are PDT)

Former tournament champions include current American star Jack Sock and former touring tennis professionals Gretchen Magers, Rosalyn Nideffer and Allison Bradshaw.  The tournament was voted, “2011 Tournament of the Year” by the San Diego District Tennis Association.

The USTA National Open Hard Court Championships is sponsored by San Diego District Tennis Association, CH Court Tech, Graphic Interfaces, Kashi, Third World Sports, Uptown Acupuncture, Wilson and Bauer Insurance Inc.

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