It's really one of the most compelling and exciting events in tennis and it returns again in 2013.
The USTA announced today that the U.S. Open National Playoffs will return for 2013 with playoffs in men's and women's singles, along with mixed doubles.
This event gives players 14 years of age and older to earn a berth into the US Open qualifying event in New York.
“Anyone who dreams of playing in the US Open—top junior players, collegians, teaching professionals, ‘weekend warriors,’ or recreational players—can make that dream a reality through the US Open National Playoffs,” said Dave Haggerty, USTA Chairman, CEO, and President. “The level of singles and mixed doubles competition is always strong, while our committed USTA sections do a terrific job running the sectional qualifying tournaments. It all makes the event unique and special for our sections, US Open fans and tennis players across the country.”
The registration opens for the 13 sectional qualifying tournaments on March 15 at www.USOpen.org/NationalPlayoffs. The entry fee for each of the sectional qualifying tournaments is $100 for singles and $120 for each mixed doubles team ($60 per player).
Each participating player must be a current member of the USTA.
A statement from the USTA regarding the qualifying process:
The 13 men’s, women’s and mixed doubles champions or top available finishers from each sectional qualifying tournament will advance to the US Open National Playoffs – Men’s and Women’s Singles Championship, held August 16-19, and the Mixed Doubles Championship, held August 21-24. All three tournaments will take place in conjunction with the New Haven Open at Yale presented by First Niagara, an Emirates Airline US Open Series event. Tickets for the 2013 New Haven Open at Yale went on sale on Tuesday, March 5, and can be purchased at www.emiratesusopenseries.com.
After the sectional qualifiers, the action moves to New Haven to crown a champion.
"It’s always amazing to see the passion and determination of those competing to fulfill their dreams of playing in the US Open,” said Derek Fisher, US Open National Playoffs Tournament Director. “We’re excited for another group of talented players and the perfect host—The New Haven Open at Yale presented by First Niagara—to make the fourth US Open National Playoffs the strongest yet.”
Year Men’s Singles Women’s Singles Mixed Doubles
2012 Clement Reix Alexandra Mueller Brian Battistone/ Nicole Melichar
2011 Blake Strode Robin Anderson David Martin/Christina Fusano
2010 Blake Strode Alexandra Mueller Not held
More than 1,200 players competed in the 2012 US Open National Playoffs.
Additional information on the US Open National Playoffs is available now at www.USOpen.org/NationalPlayoffs.