It might seem like a stretch, but you can play in one of the world’s most prestigious sporting events.
After three years of highly-successful events in New Jersey, the US Open National Playoffs are back in Middle States for a fourth straight summer, giving a chance to players who dream of playing at center court at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.
Overall, 13 USTA Sections will host playoff events, with Mercer County Tennis Center hosting the Middle States event. The Middle States tournament will begin on Saturday, June 22 and will run through Monday, June 24, depending on the draw size. Starting the event on Saturday will allow more players to enter.
Players 14 years of age and older are eligible to compete and can register before June 5 by clicking here. Entry fees are $100 for singles and $120 per mixed doubles team ($60 per player). All players must have a current USTA membership valid through August 26, 2013.
Along with holding numerous other USTA events, Mercer County Tennis Center has played host to the US Open National Playoffs each of the last three years. In the first two years of the event, the eventual women’s champion started her journey in Middle States. Abington, Pa. native Alexandra Mueller took the title in 2010, while New Jersey’s Robin Anderson cruised through the qualifier en route to earning her title in 2011. Both earned entry into the qualifying round of the US Open.
“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.”
Haggerty, a Middle States Hall of Fame inductee in 2011, has himself played in the US Open National Playoffs. A former standout college player who also spent time playing professionally, Haggerty participated in the singles competition at Mercer County Tennis Center in June of 2011.
The US Open National Playoffs men’s and women’s singles champions earn a wild card into the US Open Qualifying Tournament, held the week prior to the US Open. The US Open National Playoffs mixed doubles champions receive a wild card into the main draw of the 2013 US Open.