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Noah Rubin and Tornado Black Among Americans Competing in 2014 US Open Junior Championships

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USTA -WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., July 23, 2014 – Wimbledon junior champion and Long Island native Noah Rubin and 2013 US Open junior finalist Tornado Alicia Black headline the top American juniors accepted into the main draw of the 2014 US Open Junior Championships, held August 31-September 7 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y.

 

Rubin, the 18-year old protégé of John McEnroe’s, at his Randall’s Island, N.Y., academy, will once again be joined by world No. 2 junior Stefan Kozlov (16, Pembroke Pines, Fla.), who Rubin defeated in the first all-American Wimbledon boys’ title match since 1977. No. 6-ranked Francis Tiafoe (16, College Park, Md.) and No. 11 Michael Mmoh (16, Temple Hills, Md.) are also entered into the boys’ main draw.

 

Black (16, Boca Raton, Fla.), who reached the US Open girls’ final last year as an unseeded wild card, returns to Flushing as the second-ranked American in the girls’ field, following world No. 2 CiCi Bellis (15, Atherton, Calif.).

 

The US Open boys’ singles field includes 23 of the top 25 players in the ITF world junior rankings (age 18 and under), including No. 1 and French Open junior champion Andrey Rublev, of Russia, and 2013 Wimbledon boys’ champion Gianluigi Quinzi, of Italy. The girls’ singles field features 21 of the top 25 in the world rankings, including Wimbledon junior champion Jelena Ostapenko, of Latvia.

 

Americans filling out the boys’ main draw are: Wimbledon junior semifinalist and No. 18 Taylor Fritz (16, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.); No. 25 Alex Rybakov (17, Coral Springs, Fla.); No. 42 Logan Smith (17, Carlsbad, Calif.), No. 47 Henrik Wiersholm (17, Kirkland, Wash.); and Jared Donaldson (17, Cumberland, R.I.), whose No. 333 ATP ranking leads all Americans.

 

Other Americans in the girls’ draw are: No. 29 Sofia Kenin (15, Pembroke Pines, Fla.); No. 30 Usue Arconada (15, College Park, Md.), No. 33 Dasha Ivanova (17, Beaverton, Ore.) and No. 49 Michaela Gordon (15, Los Altos Hills, Calif.).

 

Tommy Paul (17, Coconut Creek, Fla.) and Katerina Stewart (17, Miami) are also in the main draw by virtue of earning wild cards as this year’s USTA 18s National Clay Court champions.

 

Dennis Uspensky (17, Atlantic Beach, N.Y.) was accepted into boys’ qualifying. Katrine Steffensen (18, Scarsdale, N.Y.), Kaitlyn McCarthy (16, Cary, N.C.) Raveena Kingsley (16, Parkton, Md.) and Jessica Ho (17, Wexford, Pa.) were accepted into girls’ qualifying.

 

Previous US Open girls’ champions include Coco Vandeweghe (2008), Victoria Azarenka (2005), Marion Bartoli (2001), Lindsay Davenport (1992), Jennifer Capriati (1989) and Zina Garrison (1981).

 

Past US Open boys’ champions include Jack Sock (2010), Andy Murray (2004), Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (2003), Andy Roddick (2000), Stefan Edberg (1983) and Pat Cash (1982).

 

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US Open Wild Card Challenge Standings

 

(July 22, 2014) With one week left in the women’s US Open Wild Card Challenge, a berth into the 2014 US Open main draw will be decided this week at the Kentucky Bank Tennis Championships, a $50,000 event in Lexington, Ky.

The race for the women’s wild card is tight, with Nicole Gibbs winning the singles title at the USTA Player Development $50,000 Women’s Classic in Carson, Calif., on Sunday, to take the lead in the standings with 88 points. Gibbs, a two-time NCAA champion for Stanford, defeated fellow American and 2009 US Open quarterfinalist Melanie Oudin, 6-4, 6-4, in the Carson final. Julia Boserup is in second place in the wild card challenge with 63 points after reaching the final at the $50,000 event in Sacramento, Calif., two weeks ago and advancing to the quarterfinals in Carson. Oudin, who was playing in her first hard-court tournament since March in Carson, is in third place with 48 points.

The men’s wild card challenge kicked off last week with the Levene Gouldin & Thompson Tennis Challenger, a $50,000 Challenger in Binghamton, N.Y. Wayne Odesnik advanced to the final in Binghamton to take the early lead with 48 points. The men’s wild card challenge continues into its second week, also in Lexington.

All matches will be streamed live on www.procircuit.usta.com. 

USTA Player Development will award a US Open main draw wild card to the American man and American woman who earn the most ATP World Tour and WTA ranking points in a series of USTA Pro Circuit hard-court events this summer. The men’s events are $50,000 Challengers in Binghamton and Lexington, Ky., as well as $100,000 Challengers in Vancouver, B.C., and Aptos, Calif. The women’s tournaments are all $50,000 events, held in Sacramento, Calif.; Carson; and Lexington.

Ranking points from two out of the three women’s events and two of the four men’s events will be used and combined to calculate the point total and determine the US Open wild card recipient. If a player competes in more than two events, only his or her two best tournaments will be counted in calculating the point total. In the event of a tie, the player with the best ATP or WTA singles ranking will be awarded the wild card. Only players who have not earned direct acceptance into the US Open are eligible for the wild card.

The standings, as of July 21, are as follows:

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. It was also used in 2013, when the winners were Bradley Klahn, who won his first-round match at the US Open, and Shelby Rogers. The USTA also utilizes this format for the French Open through the Har-Tru USTA Pro Circuit Wild Card Challenge, where this year’s women’s winner Taylor Townsend was a top story at Roland Garros, reaching the third round. Veteran Robby Ginepri won the 2014 men’s French Open wild card.

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Nicolas Almagro Withdraws from the U.S. Open

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(July 18, 2014) Spain’s Nicolas Almagro has withdrawn from the U. S. Open which begins on August 23  in Flushing Meadows, Queens, New York.

The world No.  27 Spaniard has not been on the court since retiring from his first round match at the French Open in May due to a left foot injury.

The 28-year-old also missed Wimbledon.

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Tornado Black Among Those Awarded Wild Cards for USTA Girls’ 16s & 18s National Championships

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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:

Girls’16s
Helen Altick, Monroe, La.
Kylie McKenzie, Anthem, Ariz.
Ndindi Ndunda, Burke, Va.
Adriana Reami, Miami, Fla.
Sydney Riley, Dallas, Texas
Rebecca Weissmann, Loveland, Colo.

Girls’ 18s
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.

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Top Seed Ousted at USTA Player Development Women’s $50,000 Classic

 

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CARSON, July 16, 2014 – The singles quarterfinals are set at the USTA Player Development Women’s $50,000 Classic in Carson, Calif., at the USTA Training Center – West at The StubHub Center.

 

Six Americans advanced to the quarterfinals, including US Open Wild Card Challenge leader Julia Boserup, who upset No. 7 seed and former world No. 32 Romina Oprandi of Switzerland; 2009 US Open quarterfinalist Melanie Oudin; former USC standout Maria Sanchez; and 18-year-old Louisa Chirico, who won after American Madison Brengle retired with an eye infection.

 

The key match-up of the day was between former Stanford teammates and friends Nicole Gibbs and Kristie Ahn. Both Gibbs and Ahn were members of the Stanford team that won the 2013 NCAA Team Championship. Ahn, who was a finalist at a USTA Pro Circuit event in Carson in 2010, received medical treatment on her left wrist and back throughout the match. In the end, No. 2 seed Gibbs ran away with the match, winning 6-4, 6-3.

 

“Kristie is one of my best friends in tennis. I have shared more of my tennis history with her than any other player on the tour,” said Gibbs, who also won the NCAA individual singles title for Stanford in 2012 and 2013. “It was a unique type of pressure today, playing one of your best friends. I don’t know if it was the best tennis from either of us, but I did a good job trying to separate on-the-court from off-the court and keep my mind on playing the tennis that I wanted to play. I am feeling great going into the quarters.”

 

The sixth American advancing to the quarterfinalist was former University of North Carolina standout Sanaz Marand, who upset top seed Olivia Rogowska of Australia, 6-4, 6-4.

 

“I went in with the mindset of what I needed to do today on every point,” said Marand. “I stayed strong and stayed positive and I did it—I won. The [USTA Pro] Circuit has made me mentally strong this year. There are a lot of good players, like today. It is tough competition out there and I just have to keep believing.”

 

Tomorrow’s play begins at 10 a.m., starting with singles and followed by the doubles semifinals. Quarterfinal match-ups include:

  • No. 2 seed Nicole Gibbs vs. No. 6 seed An Sophie Mestach of Belgium
  • No. 4 seed Melanie Oudin vs. Julia Boserup
  • Maria Sanchez vs. Louisa Chirico
  • Sanaz Marand vs. No. 8 seed Risa Ozaki of Japan

 

This tournament will be streamed live on www.procircuit.usta.com.

 

The USTA Pro Circuit event in Carson is taking the place for a women’s tournament in Yakima, Wash., that was faced with a fire in mid-May. The fire destroyed the host site’s clubhouse and impacted some of the adjoining tennis courts.

 

Carson is the second of three consecutive women’s hard-court tournaments thatmake up the USTA Pro Circuit’s US Open Wild Card Challenge, which will award amen’s and women’s wild card into the 2014 US Open. The American woman who earns the most WTA ranking points at two of the three USTA Pro Circuit hard-court events in Sacramento, Calif., Carson, and Lexington, Ky., will receive a USTA wild card to compete in the main draw of the US Open, which will be held Sunday, August 25, to Monday, September 8.  Only players who did not receive direct entry into the US Open are eligible for the wild cards.

 

Admission is free and open to the public all week. For additional information about the USTA Player Development Women’s $50,000 Classic, visit www.usta.com/carson.

 

USTA Player Development Women’s $50,000 Classic

A USTA Pro Circuit Event

Thursday, July 17

USTA Training Center – West at StubHub Center

Carson, Calif.

Purse: $50,000

Surface: Hard-Outdoor

 

Thursday, July 17 – RESULTS

Singles – Second Round

Sanaz Marand (USA) def. (1) Olivia Rogowska (AUS), 6-4, 6-4

(2) Nicole Gibbs (USA) def. (WC) Kristie Ahn (USA), 6-4, 6-3

(4) Melanie Oudin (USA) def. Asia Muhammad (USA), 7-5, 6-3

Louisa Chirico (USA) def. (5) Madison Brengle (USA), 5-0, ret. (eye infection)

Julia Boserup (USA) def. (7) Romina Oprandi (SUI), 6-3, 5-7, 6-1

(8) Risa Ozaki (JPN) def. Michaella Krajicek (NED), 6-1, 7-5

Maria Sanchez (USA) def. Daria Gavrilova (RUS), 6-4, 3-6, 6-2

(6) An-Sophie Mestach (BEL) def. (Q) Tatjana Maria (GER), 6-4, 5-7, 6-3

 

Doubles Quarterfinals

(1) O. Rogowska (AUS)/M. Krajicek (NED) def. M. Sanchez/Z. Scandalis (USA), 6-1, 6-4

Tatjana MARIA (GER) / Romina OPRANDI (SUI) def.(3) A. Will (USA)/K. Wong (USA), 6-3, 6-3

M. Gonzalez (PAR)/L. Pigossi (BRA) def. (4) M. Oudin (USA)/L. Chirico (USA), 3-6, 6-3, [14-12]

S. Crawford (USA)/S. Vickery (USA) def. P. Porter (USA)/B. Morgan (USA), 6-4, 7-6 (5)

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Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal to Headline U. S. Open

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White Plains, N.Y., July 17, 2014 – The USTA announced that world No. 1 Novak Djokovic and defending champion Rafael Nadal lead the men’s singles field for the 2014 US Open Tennis Championships. The field features six former US Open champions, including Djokovic (2011), two-time champion Nadal (2010, 2013), five-time champion Roger Federer (2004-08), Andy Murray (2012), Juan Martin del Potro (2009) and Lleyton Hewitt (2001).

Each of the world’s top 104 men received direct entry into the US Open, representing 36 countries.

The 2014 US Open will be played August 25 through September 8 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 every year since 2010. He won his seventh major title earlier this month at Wimbledon, beating Federer in five sets, after which he reclaimed the world No. 1 ranking from Nadal.

Nadal, the world No. 2, defeated Djokovic in four sets last year to win his second US Open championship, joining Federer (2007) as the only men to win the Emirates Airline US Open Series and US Open titles in the same year. This spring, the Spaniard won his record ninth French Open title, giving him 14 Grand Slam singles championships, tied with Pete Sampras for second all-time.

World No. 3 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 five-set 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.

Stanislas Wawrinka, the Swiss No. 4 and a 2013 US Open semifinalist, won his first major singles championship at the Australian Open this year, joining del Potro (2009 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.

Filling out the field’s top 10 are No. 5 Tomas Berdych, of the Czech Republic, a 2012 US Open semifinalist and 2010 Wimbledon finalist; No. 6 Milos Raonic, of Canada, a 2014 Wimbledon semifinalist; No. 7 David Ferrer, of Spain, a French Open finalist (2013) and two-time US Open semifinalist (2007, 2012); No. 8 and 2009 US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro, of Argentina; No. 9 Grigor Dimitrov, of Bulgaria, a 2014 Wimbledon semifinalist; and No. 10 Andy Murray, the 2012 US Open champion and 2013 Wimbledon champion.

American men who received direct entry are No. 12 John Isner, of Greensboro, N.C., No. 62 Sam Querrey, of Las Vegas, Nevada, No. 64 Steve Johnson, of Orange, Calif., No. 69 Jack Sock, of Lincoln, Neb., No. 70 Donald Young, of Atlanta, and No. 77 Bradley Klahn, of Poway, Calif.

Germany’s Dustin Brown, ranked No. 104, is the last man to receive direct entry into the field of 128. No players used protected or special rankings to gain direct entry. Sixteen more players will gain entry through the US Open Qualifying Tournament, held August 19-22, while the eight remaining spots are wild cards awarded by the USTA.

Among the players competing in the US Open Qualifying Tournament will be the winner of the fifth annual US Open National Playoffs – Men’s Championship, held during the Emirates Airline US Open Series women’s event 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 13 sectional qualifying tournaments.

The July 14 edition of the Emirates ATP World Tour 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 2014 US Open will mark the culmination of the Emirates Airline US Open Series, the North American summer season of eight ATP World Tour and WTA events that begin this Monday, July 21. The US Open is the highest-attended annual sporting event in the world and will again be televised domestically on CBS Sports, ESPN and Tennis Channel, with international coverage reaching more than 180 countries.

The 2014 US Open will be played from Monday, August 25 through Monday, September 8. Tickets can be purchased: at USOpen.org; by calling Ticketmaster at 1-866-OPEN-TIX; at all Ticketmaster outlets; at the box office at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

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Serena Williams Leads U.S. Open Women’s Field

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U.S. Tennis Association -White Plains, N.Y., July 16, 2014 – The USTA  announced that world No. 1 and two-time defending champion Serena Williams leads the women’s field for the 2014 US Open Tennis Championships. Williams is joined by 103 of the world’s top 105 women, including reigning French Open and former US Open champion Maria Sharapova, Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, two-time US Open champion Venus Williams and former US Open champions Samantha Stosur and Svetlana Kuznetsova.

In total, 36 different countries are represented in the women’s field. Eleven U.S. women received entry into the main draw – the most of any country – with nine Americans ranked in the Top 50.

The 2014 US Open will be played August 25 through September 8 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y. The US Open Women’s Singles Championship is presented by JPMorgan Chase.

Leading the entry list is world No. 1 Serena Williams, who won her fifth US Open crown in 2013, trying her with Steffi Graf for the second-most US Open women’s singles title in the Open Era, trailing only Chris Evert, with six. Williams has won 17 Grand Slam singles titles overall, which ranks sixth all-time, just one behind Evert and Martina Navratilova (18).

Joining Williams in the field’s top four are world No. 2 Li Na, of China, Asia’s first and only Grand Slam champion, who won her second major singles title at the 2014 Australian Open; No. 3 Simona Halep, of Romania, a 2014 French Open finalist and Wimbledon semifinalist, and No. 4 Kvitova, of the Czech Republic, who won her second Grand Slam and Wimbledon singles title earlier this month.

Following the top four are No. 5 Agnieszka Radwanska, of Poland, the first Polish player to reach a Grand Slam singles final (2012 Wimbledon); No. 6 Sharapova, of Russia, the 2006 US Open champion who won her fifth Grand Slam singles title this year at the French Open; No. 7 Eugenie Bouchard, of Canada, who reached her first Grand Slam singles final this summer at Wimbledon and also advanced to the semifinals of the French Open and Australian Open this year; No. 8 Angelique Kerber, of Germany, a two-time US Open semifinalist (2011-12); No. 9 Jelena Jankovic, of Serbia, a former world No. 1 and US Open finalist (2008), and No. 10 Victoria Azarenka, of Belarus, a former world No. 1 and two-time Australian Open champion (2012-13) who has been the US Open runner-up to Williams each of the last two years.

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

France’s Virginie Razzano, ranked No. 105, is the last player accepted directly into the women’s field of 128. Two players have withdrawn due to injury, No. 82 Alisa Kleybanova, of Russia, and No. 90 Victoria Duval, of the United States, who is undergoing treatment after being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. One player is using a special ranking to gain entry into the main draw – No. 40 Romina Oprandi, of Switzerland. Sixteen more players will gain entry through the US Open Qualifying Tournament, August 19-22, while the remaining eight spots are wild cards awarded by the USTA.

In addition to Serena Williams, the other American women who received direct entry into this year’s tournament include No. 22 Sloane Stephens, of Coral Springs, Fla., No. 25 Venus Williams, of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., No. 27 Madison Keys, of Rock Island, Ill., No. 41 Coco Vandeweghe, of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., No. 43 Alison Riske, of Pittsburgh, No. 44 Lauren Davis, of Gates Mills, Ohio, No. 49 Varvara Lepchenko, of Allentown, Pa., No. 51 Christina McHale, of Teaneck, N.J., No. 76 Vania King, of Monterey Park, Calif., and No. 104 Shelby Rogers, of Charleston, S.C.

Several of the young Americans listed above have had breakout performances on the WTA tour this year. Keys, 19, and Vandeweghe, 22, each won their first WTA singles titles on the same weekend this June, the first time in 12 years two American women won WTA titles in the same week. Rogers, 21, and McHale, 22, both made their first WTA final appearances, while Davis, 20, advanced to the third round of both Wimbledon and the Australian Open this year.

Among the players competing in the US Open Qualifying Tournament will be the winner of the fifth annual US Open National Playoffs – Women’s Championship, held during the Emirates Airline US Open Series event 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 13 sectional qualifying tournaments.

The July 14 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 2014 US Open will mark the culmination of the Emirates Airline US Open Series, the North American summer season of eight ATP World Tour and WTA events that begin this Monday, July 21. The US Open is the highest-attended annual spring event in the world and will again be broadcast domestically on CBS Sports, ESPN and Tennis Channel, with international broadcasts reaching 180 countries.

The 2014 US Open will be played form Monday, August 25 through Monday, September 8. Tickets can be purchased: at USOpen.org; by calling Ticketmaster at 1-866-OPEN-TIX; at all Ticketmaster outlets; at the box office at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

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US Open Wild Card Challenge Standings

 

US Open Wild Card Challenge Standings

(as of July 14)

Julia Boserup leads the standings in the 2014 US Open Wild Card Challenge, as the race for a women’s main draw wild card into the US Open finished its first week with the FSP Gold River Women’s Challenger, a $50,000 USTA Pro Circuit women’s event in Sacramento, Calif. Boserup reached the final in Sacramento, losing to top seed Olivia Rogowska of Australia.

Play continues this week with the USTA Player Development Women’s $50,000 Classic in Carson, Calif., in the second of three women’s events. The men’s wild card challenge kicks off this week with the Levene Gouldin & Thompson Tennis Challenger, a $50,000 Challenger in Binghamton, N.Y.

All matches will be streamed live on www.procircuit.usta.com.

USTA Player Development will award a US Open main draw wild card 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 hard-court events this summer. Men’s events include $50,000 Challengers in Binghamton and Lexington, Ky., as well as $100,000 Challengers in Vancouver, B.C., and Aptos, Calif. Women’s tournaments include $50,000 events in Sacramento, Carson, and Lexington.

Ranking points from two out of the three women’s events and two out of the four men’s will be used and combined to calculate the point total and determine the US Open wild card recipient. If a player competes in more than two events, only his or her two best tournaments will be counted in calculating the point total. In the event of a tie, the player with the best ATP or WTA singles ranking will be awarded the wild card. Only players who have not earned direct acceptance into the US Open are eligible for the wild card.

The standings, as of July 14, are as follows:

The USTA first used this US Open wild card format for its 2012 wild cards, won by Steve Johnson and Mallory Burdette, who both reached the third round of the US Open, as well as the 2013 US Open, which was won by Bradley Klahn, who won his first round match, and Shelby Rogers. The USTA also utilizes this format for the French Open through the Har-Tru USTA Pro Circuit Wild Card Challenge, where this year’s women’s winner Taylor Townsend was a top story at Roland Garros by reaching the third round. Veteran Robby Ginepri won the 2014 men’s French Open wild card.

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Pro Tennis Returns to Carson Next Week

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CARSON, July 10, 2014 – The USTA announced that the USTA Training Center – West at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif., will host the USTA Player Development Women’s $50,000 Classic next week.

 

The USTA Pro Circuit event is taking the place for a women’s tournament in Yakima, Wash., that was faced with a fire in mid-May. The fire destroyed the host site’s clubhouse and impacted some of the adjoining tennis courts.

 

The field for the USTA Player Development Women’s $50,000 Classic will feature 32 singles players and 16 doubles teams. The main draw will be held from Tuesday, July 15, to Sunday, July 20. The qualifying tournament will be held from Sunday, July 13, to Tuesday, July 15. This tournament will be streamed live on www.procircuit.usta.com.

 

Carson is the second of three consecutive women’s hard-court tournaments thatmake up the USTA Pro Circuit’s US Open Wild Card Challenge, which will award amen’s and women’s wild card into the 2014 US Open. The American woman who earns the most WTA ranking points at two of the three USTA Pro Circuit hard-court events in Sacramento, Calif., Carson, and Lexington, Ky., will receive a USTA wild card to compete in the main draw of the US Open, which will be held Sunday, Aug. 25, to Monday, Sept. 8. Only players who did not receive direct entry into the US Open are eligible for the wild cards.

 

World No. 127 Olivia Rogowska, of Australia, will be the top seed in Carson. Notable American players expected to compete include:

 

  • Former world No. 31 Melanie Oudin, the 2009 US Open quarterfinalist and 2010 US Open mixed doubles champion
  • Nicole Gibbs, the 2012 and 2013 NCAA singles champion for Stanford
  • Madison Brengle, who holds five USTA Pro Circuit singles titles and five doubles titles
  • Shelby Rogers, who earned a wild card into the 2013 US Open and French Open by winning USTA wild card challenges that utilize the USTA Pro Circuit
  • Sachia Vickery, who earned a wild card into the 2014 Australian Open and the 2013 US Open (as the USTA Girls’ 18s singles champion)
  • Samantha Crawford, the 2012 US Open girls’ singles champion
  • Former Top 10 junior Louisa Chirico, a girls’ singles semifinalist at the French Open and Wimbledon in 2013
  • Maria Sanchez, the formerly No. 1-ranked college tennis player and a former All-American for USC

Players receiving main draw wild cards include:

  • Kristie Ahn, who completed her senior season at Stanford this past year, earning a final No. 4 ranking in the ITA rankings and receiving multiple All-American honors in both singles and doubles throughout her collegiate career. Ahn was a finalist at a USTA Pro Circuit event in Carson in 2010 before heading to Stanford.
  • Jamie Loeb, who recently completed her freshman season for the University of North Carolina, where she was the top-ranked college tennis player for most of the year
  • Chanelle Van Nguyen, a UCLA standout
  • Chiara Scholl, a four-time USTA Pro Circuit singles and doubles champion

 

The USTA Player Development Women’s $50,000 Classic will host a special Kids’ Day event on Saturday, July 19, from 8:30 am to 9:45 am. Kids of all ages and abilities are encouraged to attend the clinic. It will be held in conjunction with the Southern California Tennis Association and RAMP Tennis.

 

Carson has a strong history of hosting USTA Pro Circuit events. In 2005, the USTA Player Development staff ran its first-ever $50,000 event in Carson when Hurricane Katrina hit the U.S. and the men’s event was unable to take place in Louisiana. Since then, the USTA Player Development staff has hosted both men’s and/or women’s events from 2007-2011 with a number of standout players competing during those years.

 

Admission is free and open to the public. For additional information about the USTA Player Development Women’s $50,000 Classic, visit www.usta.com/carson.

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US Open Prize Money to Increase by $4 Million Dollars

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US OPEN PRIZE MONEY TO INCREASE BY FOUR MILLION DOLLARS

$38.3 Million US Open Purse Features Record $3 Million

for Each Singles Champion

USTA, White Plains, N.Y., July 9, 2014 – The USTA today announced that the total purse for the 2014 US Open will increase by $4 million dollars bringing the total purse for the tournament to a record $38.3 million and an 11.7% increase over the 2013 US Open. 

Both the men’s and women’s singles champions will earn $3 million, the largest payout in US Open history.  Each round of the singles competition will see double digit percentage increases over last year’s record payouts.  Total main draw prize money, which includes both the singles, doubles, and mixed doubles competitions, has increased by 12.5% over last year.  Both the men’s and women’s doubles champions will earn $520,000, the highest in US Open history.  The US Open qualifying tournament will now offer more than $1.5 million in prize money ($1,572,000) for the first time, and this represents an 11% increase over 2013.

In the last three years, US Open main draw prize money has increased by 64.6%.

Round-by-round individual prize money for the US Open is as follows:

Singles:                                                               Doubles (each team):

Winner:                   $3,000,000                          Winners:                      $520,000

Runner-Up:               1,450,000                          Runners-Up:                  250,000

Semifinalist:                 730,000                           Semifinalist:                   124,450

Quarterfinalist:             370,250                          Quarterfinalist:                 62,060

Round of 16:                187,300                          Round of 16:                    32,165

Round of 32:                105,090                          Round of 32:                    20,060

Round of 64:                  60,420                          Round of 64:                    13,375

Round of 128:                35,750

“Last year to recognize the importance of the players and the key role they have in building our sport, the USTA shared our vision to reach $50 million in prize money at the US Open by 2017,” said Dave Haggerty, USTA Chairman of the Board and President.  “This year’s prize money increase continues the commitment to make the US Open one of the most lucrative purses in all of sports.”

This year’s US Open is scheduled for August 25 through September 8, with the US Open Qualifying Tournament beginning on August 19.

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