For many, simply attending the US Open is a dream.
Over the last four days, tennis players throughout New Jersey had a chance to actually experience it.
The US Open National Playoffs Middle States Sectional Qualifying Tournament came to an end Wednesday night at Mercer County Park, wrapping up five days of tennis action in which more than 200 players competed. The champions in men’s singles, women’s singles, men’s doubles, women’s doubles and mixed doubles now advance to the US Open National Playoffs in New Haven, Conn., which runs Aug. 19-27.
The idea behind US Open National Playoffs is simple: to give players a shot to compete on the world’s biggest stage.
The tournament was first 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 Middle States qualifying event has taken place at Mercer County Park each year. The semi-final and final rounds generally draw a large crowd from the local community, many times bringing together several hundred in the stands and grass surrounding the courts.
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.
US Open National Playoffs Middle States Qualifier: Final Results
Men’s Singles: Jose Statham d. Justin Natale: 6-1, 6-3
Women’s Singles: Sophie Chang d. Alexandra Perper: 6-3, 7-5
Men’s Doubles: Andrei Daescu/Costin Paval d. Karl Poling/Brian Shi: 6-0, 6-2
Women’s Doubles: Alexandra Perper/Nika Kukharchuk d. Sophie Chang/Alexandra Mueller: 6-3, 5-7 (4)
Mixed Doubles: Andrei Daescu/Anda Perianu d. Lindsay Lee-Waters/Jose Statham: 6-2, 6-4