US Open national playoffs update
LAST WEEK’S RECAP:
Former Top 40 Doubles Player David Martin Captures Singles, Mixed Doubles Titles in Final US Open National Playoffs Sectional Qualifying Tournament in Georgia; 2008 NCAA Singles Champion Amanda McDowell Wins Women’s Singles
The 16 US Open National Playoffs Sectional Qualifying Tournaments concluded with the USTA Southern Sectional Qualifying Tournament in Alpharetta, Ga. Current doubles world No. 112 David Martin captured both the men’s singles title and the mixed doubles title. Martin, 30, of Tulsa, Okla., defeated Spaniard Guillermo Gomez, a former Georgia Tech player, in the singles final, 7-6(3), 6-2. He also teamed with Christina Fusano in mixed doubles to defeat Georgians Frank Solana and Jennifer Sinclair, 6-1, 6-1, in the mixed doubles. Martin did not lose one set in any of his singles or doubles matches. He peaked at No. 38 in the world in doubles in 2008, when he won the ATP event in San Jose, Calif., with Scott Lipsky. He has also advanced to five ATP doubles finals, including in Chennai, India, this year with Robin Haase, and competed in US Open doubles main draws in 1998 and from 2007 to 2010. Fusano, 31, of Plymouth, Calif., competed for the University of California and holds 12 career USTA Pro Circuit doubles titles.
In the women’s singles, Amanda McDowell, 23, of Atlanta, defeated 15-year-old junior standout Anne-Liz Jeukeng, of Kansas City, Mo., 6-1, 6-2, for the women’s title. McDowell won the 2008 NCAA women’s singles title at Georgia Tech and received All-America honors.
The US Open National Playoffs — Men’s, Women’s and Mixed Doubles Championships will be held in conjunction with the New Haven Open at Yale, an Olympus US Open Series women’s event in August. The US Open National Playoffs - Men’s and Women’s Singles Championships will take place August 18-21, with the champions earning a wild card into the US Open Qualifying Tournament, held the week prior to the US Open. The US Open National Playoffs - Mixed Doubles Championship will take place August 24-27, with the champions receiving a mixed doubles main draw wild card into the 2011 US Open.
BY THE NUMBERS:
1 —- Defending champion of the US Open National Playoffs (Strode)
2 —- Players who have reached the final of a Grand Slam doubles draw (Tarango as 1999 French Open men’s doubles finalist, Ferreira as 2000 Australian Open men’s doubles champion and 2001 Australian Open mixed doubles champion)
3 —- Number of NCAA champions competing in the 2011 US Open National Playoffs (Mamiit in 1996, Bielik in 2002, McDowell in 2008)
3 —- Women who will be returning to the 2011 US Open National Playoffs - Women’s Championship (Diaz, Falcon, Tedjakusuma)
5 —- Players who have been ranked in the Top 100 in singles (Bardina, Mamiit, Tarabini, Tarango, Washington)
6 —- Men who will be returning to the 2011 US Open National Playoffs - Men’s Championship (Larson, Mamiit, Niculescu, Quigley, Strode, Wettengel)
8 —- Players who will compete in both singles and mixed doubles of the 2011 US Open National Playoffs (Diaz, Healey, Martin, Morton, Pelletier, Schnack, Strode, Vlaski)
8 —- Players who have ranked in the Top 100 in doubles (Ferreira, Fusano, Healey, Martin, Pelletier, Tarabini, Tarango, Washington)
12 —- Teenagers who advanced to the 2011 US Open National Playoffs Championships (H. Adams, S. Adams, Anderson, Corning, Dailey, Harrison, Jurova, Melichar, Morton, Niehaus, Rodgers, Withrow)
13 —- Players that are over the age of 30 that advanced to the 2011 US Open National Playoffs (Donley, Ferreira, Fusano, Healey, Keronen, Mamiit, Mullins, Nelson-Kortland, Ruegsegger, Tarabini, Tarango, Tedjakusuma, Washington)
192 —- Teams who competed in mixed doubles across the 16 Sectional Qualifying Tournaments
306 —- Women who competed in singles across the 16 Sectional Qualifying Tournaments
690 —- Men who competed in singles across the 16 Sectional Qualifying Tournaments
1,223 —- Total players who participated in singles and/or mixed doubles during the 2011 US Open National Playoffs Sectional Qualifying Tournaments
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