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Ginepri, Oudin Headline Australian Open Wild Card Playoffs

November 7, 2011 12:29 PM
Jim Courier and Patrick McEnroe
Robby Ginepri, Melanie Oudin and Bobby Reynolds are among the eight women and men who have been invited to participate in the 2011 Kia Australian Open Wild Card Playoffs, held December 16-18, at the Racquet Club of the South, a USTA Certified Regional Training Center in Atlanta. The complete field for the eight-man and eight-woman playoff will be announced as players are confirmed.
 
The USTA has agreed to a new three-year contract to host its annual Australian Open Wild Card Playoffs at the Racquet Club of the South (RCS), a USTA Certified Regional Training Center in Atlanta. Winners of the Australian Open Wild Card Playoffs earn a wild card into the Australian Open main draw. This is the third consecutive year that it has been contested at the RCS.
 
The event will also feature an evening exhibition match on Friday, Dec. 16, that will be played in a World TeamTennis format, with U.S. Davis Cup Captain Jim Courier and USTA Player Development General Manager Patrick McEnroe serving as the team captains.
 
The USTA and Tennis Australia have a reciprocal agreement in which men’s and women’s singles main draw wild cards into the 2011 US Open and the 2012 Australian Open are exchanged.
 
The four women who will compete include: Oudin (Marietta, Ga.), who in 2009 became the youngest American to reach the quarterfinals at the US Open since Serena Williams in 1999, and who helped lead the U.S. to back-to-back Fed Cup finals in 2009-10; Jamie Hampton (Auburn, Ala.), who successfully qualified for the 2011 Australian Open and who reached a career-high WTA ranking of No. 116 in April; Alison Riske (Hilton Head Island, S.C.), who reached the quarterfinals of the 2011 Wimbledon tune-up event in Birmingham, England, and who has won two $50,000 events in France this year; and Coco Vandeweghe (Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.), who broke into the WTA top 100 this year and reached a career-high No. 89 in April. Vandeweghe won this event in 2009 to earn a wild card into the 2010 Australian Open, and also reached the final of last year’s event. Up-and-coming young Georgians Grace Min (Norcross, Ga.) and Taylor Townsend (Stockbridge, Ga.) will make their first appearances at the event. Madison Keys and Gail Brodsky have also been added to the lineup.
 
The eight men invited to compete include: Ginepri (Marietta, Ga.), the only active American male besides Andy Roddick to reach the semifinals of a Grand Slam event (2005 US Open), who is coming back from an arm injury that he suffered in 2010; Reynolds (Acworth, Ga.), who has made a concerted effort to raise his ranking in the last year; Rhyne Williams, of Knoxville, Tenn., who starred at the University of Tennessee; Denis Kudla (Arlington, Va.), who reached the quarterfinals at the ATP World Tour event in Newport, R.I., in July; Jack Sock (Lincoln, Neb.), who in 2010 became the first American to win the boys’ singles title at the US Open since Roddick in 2000 and Daniel Kasakowski, who played at the University of Southern California.
 
The wild card playoff matches will start at 10 a.m. Friday and Saturday and the finals starting at 1 p.m. on Sunday beginning with the women’s. 2010 wildcard winners were Lauren Davis, of Gates Mills, Ohio, who defeated Coco Vandeweghe, of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., and Shreveport, La. native Ryan Harrison who defeated Jack Sock of Lincoln, Neb.
 
Member discounts, free for kids & free grounds pass to ATC
  • USTA members get a 10% discount on tickets when using the code USTA10OFF, visit www.australianwildcard.com/tickets for tickets.
  • Kids 18 and under get in free when accompanied by an adult.
  • Receive a complimentary grounds pass to the first round of qualifying at the 2012 Atlanta Tennis Championships on July 14, 2012 if you purchase a ticket to the 2011 KIA Australian Open Wild Card Playoffs!
For more information, visit www.australianwildcard.com.
 
The Australian Open will be held Jan.16-29, 2012 in Melbourne Park. It is the only Grand Slam tennis tournament in the Southern Hemisphere; and has been held in Melbourne, Victoria since 1972.
 

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