Alameda, California (EastBayDaily) — The USTA Northern California Section today announced that the Chamisal Tennis & Fitness Club in Salinas will again host the US Open National Playoffs USTA NorCal Sectional Qualifying Tournament, June 17-22. Earlier today, the USTA announced the return of the US Open National Playoffs for the fifth year. The US Open National Playoffs include both men’s and women’s singles, as well as mixed doubles. The USTA created the US Open National Playoffs to expand the footprint of the US Open to cities nationwide by providing the opportunity for all players 14 years of age and older to earn a berth into the US Open.
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 2014 US Open.
The US Open National Playoffs begin as a series of 13 sectional qualifying tournaments, held in different USTA Sections nationwide, including Salinas. The 13 men’s, women’s and mixed doubles champions or top available finishers from each sectional qualifying tournament will advance to the US Open National Playoffs – Men’s and Women’s Singles Championship, held August 15-18, and the Mixed Doubles Championship, held August 20-23. All three tournaments will take place in conjunction with the New Haven Open at Yale, an Emirates Airline US Open Series event.
A player may only compete in singles and/or mixed doubles at one sectional qualifying tournament during a calendar year. Players competing in singles and mixed doubles may opt to compete at different sectional qualifying tournaments for each event (one for singles and one for mixed doubles). Participants can be of any playing level, giving everyone an opportunity to advance.
Registration opened on Saturday, March 15 on the US Open National Playoffs web site. The entry fee is $86.50 for men’s and women’s singles and $65 per player for mixed doubles. All players competing must have a current USTA membership valid through August 25, 2014.
More than 1,100 players competed in the 2013 US Open National Playoffs, ranging from 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, as well as pastors and rabbis, musicians, lawyers, reporters, former athletes, and stay-at-home mothers. Previous notable participants include Olympic skier Bode Miller, rapper Redfoo of the music group LMFAO and played in Salinas last year, and ESPN’s Mike Greenberg, who teamed with six-time US Open champion Chris Evert in mixed doubles.
The US Open Qualifying Tournament will be held August 19-22 and the US Open Mixed Doubles Championship begins August 27 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y. The 2014 US Open begins on August 25.
Additional information on the US Open National Playoffs is available now at http://www.USOpen.org/NationalPlayoffs.