For many, simply attending the US Open is a dream. Now imagine playing in it.
For the fifth straight year, anyone older than 14 will have that chance when the US Open National Playoffs Middle States Sectional Qualifying Tournament rolls into the Mercer County Park Tennis Center. The event, which includes men’s and women’s singles, as well as mixed doubles, will take place June 21-24. It is open to USTA members.
The idea behind the tournament is simple: to give players a shot to compete on the world’s biggest stage.
The US Open National Playoffs begin this year as a series of 13 sectional qualifying tournaments, held in different USTA Sections nationwide. The 13 men’s, women’s and mixed doubles champions or top available finishers from each sectional qualifying tournament advance to the US Open National Playoffs – Men’s and Women’s Singles Championship, held in mid-August.
All three tournaments will take place in conjunction with the New Haven Open at Yale, an Emirates Airline US Open Series event.
The tournament’s men’s and women’s singles champions earn a wild card into the US Open Qualifying Tournament, which is held the week prior to the US Open. Meanwhile, the mixed doubles champions receive a wild card into the main draw of the 2014 US Open.
“The US Open National Playoffs is all about connecting people to the US Open and giving everyone the opportunity to fulfill their dreams of playing on tennis’ biggest stage” said Dave Haggerty, USTA Chairman, CEO, and President. “We’re thrilled to be holding this event for the fifth straight year. It truly is one of a kind, and we look forward to another exciting year of watching top junior players, collegians, teaching pros, ‘weekend warriors,’ and recreational players earn their way into the US Open.”
Last year, 130 players from 14 states competed in the Middle States qualifying tournament, with ages ranging from 14-66. Matija Pecotic and Lindsay Graff took the singles titles before teaming up to win mixed doubles, as well.
Nationally, more than 1,100 players competed in the 2013 US Open National Playoffs, with players including experienced professionals who were once ranked in the Top 50, to junior players and current/former college standouts, to recreational players of all playing abilities and walks of life.
Participants included those competing for charity, musicians, lawyers, reporters, former athletes, and more. Previous notable participants include Olympic skier Bode Miller, rapper Redfoo of the music group LMFAO, and ESPN’s Mike Greenberg, who teamed with six-time US Open champion Chris Evert in mixed doubles.
Those who advance through section qualifying will play in the US Open Qualifying Tournament at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y. (August 19-22), and the US Open Mixed Doubles Championship, which begins August 27. The 2014 US Open begins on August 25.
Registration for men’s and women’s singles, and mixed doubles, opens March 15 and closes June 8. The entry fee is $108 for singles and $65, per player, for mixed doubles.
The Mercer County Park Commission Tennis Facility consists of 6 indoor courts and 22 outdoor courts. The Mercer County Tennis Facility is operated and maintained by the Mercer County Park Commission. The tennis facility encompasses 19 acres of beautiful Mercer County Park. The new 6-court indoor facility has a second-floor viewing lounge overlooking the courts. Stadium seating is available on the premier outdoor court.
For more info on the US Open National Playoffs, visit http://www.USOpen.org/NationalPlayoffs.
Registration Opens: March 15
Registration Closes: June 8
US Open National Playoffs, Middle States Sectional Qualifying: June 21-24
US Open National Playoffs, Men’s and Women’s Singles Championship: August 15-18
US Open National Playoffs, Mixed Doubles Championship: August 20-23
US Open: August 25