The Attack of the Newcomers: US Open National Playoffs Season

By Skye Winter
at Internationaled.org

Published: April 15, 2012

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Starting May 19 through July 3, the US Open National Playoffs will be starting up in 13 different states in the United States. This is the time for those Grand Slam thirsty juniors to move up and attempt to create a spot in the US Open.

Ryan Harrison started off playing in these playoffs, as well as other men and women on the tour. It is a great way for those youngsters to be noticed, gain experience, and may even make it to the big leagues.

Why are they starting so early? Well, 256 men will be chosen (singles), 256 women will be chosen, (singles) and less than or equal to 128 for mixed doubles.

Now assuming that 256 gals and boys signed up for singles and total number for mixed, that is a total of 640 total people for one single sectional playoff tournaments, so for all 13 playoffs that is 8,320 players.

Wow! Now it makes sense that they start so early. That is not even including the people that work behind the scenes.

Unfortunately, not all of the players that signed up for the tournament will be able to play. If the amount of players exceed 256 for each singled category, and over the limit of 128 for mixed, the "Lottery Selection Process" kicks in. This will automatically decide random player's entries. It's a sad reality, even for those players who signed up early that were not chosen to play. They are allowed to sign up for another sectional playoff, if there is one in play at that time.

Most of these men and women are ranked in the ATP and WTA tour, and their seeding will be dependent on that.

 



Here is the player eligibility from the US Open website:

• Players must be 14 years of age or older (as of August 27, 2012).

• Open to Amateurs and Professionals.

• U.S. citizenship is not required.

• No domicile restrictions for players.

• A player must be a current USTA member and...
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