For many, simply attending the US Open is a dream.
Now anyone can play in it.
For the seventh straight year, anyone older than 14 will have that chance this weekend when the US Open National Playoffs Middle States Sectional Qualifying Tournament rolls into Mercer
County Park. The event is open to USTA members with a membership valid through August.
The idea behind the tournament is simple: give players a shot to compete on the world’s biggest stage.
The US Open National Playoffs were launched in 2010 to provide anyone 14 or older the chance to compete in one of the world’s most prestigious sporting events: the US Open in Flushing Meadows, N.Y. In the past, the tournament incorporated three divisions: men’s singles, women’s singles, and/or mixed doubles. Now, for the second year, the tournament features men’s and women’s doubles on the draw sheet.
The US Open National Playoffs begin as a series of 15 sectional qualifying tournaments, held in different USTA Sections across the country. The winners at each local site advance to the national stage to compete against the other winning players/teams from across the country.
The winner of each Singles Championship (one male, one female) will receive a wildcard entry to compete in the 2016 US Open Qualifying Tournament. The winner of the Mixed Doubles Championship (one team) will receive a wildcard entry to compete in the 2016 US Open Mixed Doubles Championship, and the winner of the Men’s & Women’s Doubles Championship (one men’s team, one women’s team) will receive a wild card entry to compete in the 2016 US Open Doubles Championship at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.
For more information on the US Open National Playoffs, view the event’s media notes.