An opportunity to play in the upcoming US Open will be the top prize when the United States Tennis Association(USTA) Girls’ 16s & 18s National Championships begins with qualifying rounds on Thursday, July 31 at the Barnes Tennis Center. Finals will be held on Friday, August 8 and Saturday, August 9.
Almost 400 girls aged 16 and 18 and under will compete for the title of National Champion. In addition, a wild card entry into the singles main draw of the US Open Women’s Championships will be awarded to 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.
Nearly every state will be represented and this year and due to the high level of competitors, qualifying rounds have been added.
“This is the first time in the history of the event, which dates back to 1918 in the Girls’ 18s, that qualifying matches are being played,” said Co-Tournament Director Lisbeth Blum in a released statement. “We are very impressed with the strength of our player fields in qualifying and main draws and are anticipating an exciting ten days of top-flight junior tennis.”
For those interested in watching local players compete, the following girls are entered:
Girls’ 18s – Jessica Failla, Ramona, Calif.
Girls’ 16s – Paulina Ferrari, San Diego; Jennifer Kerr, Carlsbad, Calif.; Tasia Mochernak, Del Mar, Calif. and Hannah Zhao, San Diego.
The tournament’s Opening Ceremony is scheduled for Saturday at 5 p.m. at the Barnes Tennis Center. The featured speaker is Patrick McEnroe, former U.S. Davis Cup captain and current General Manager of USTA Player Development. Chairman of the Board, CEO and President of the USTA, David Haggerty, will also be in attendance.
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.
During the week-long tournament some of the matches will also be played at the San Diego State University(SDSU) Tennis Complex. All finals will be held at the Barnes Tennis Center.
The Barnes Tennis Center is located at 4490 W Point Loma Blvd. Telephone: 619-221-9000. Both parking and admission are free.
SDSU Tennis Complex is located at 5375 Remington Rd. Admission is free but there is a fee for parking and on-campus parking regulations will be enforced.