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Six From South Selected For USTA 2010 Australian Open Wild Card Playoffs

November 10, 2010 02:07 PM
Ryan Harrison faces No. 1 Novak Djokovic in Round 2.
Jamie Hampton
Shelby Rogers has risen to No. 71 in the world.
Jordan Cox, Wimbledon, 2009
The USTA announced rising American stars Ryan Harrison, who grew up in Louisiana, and five other Southerners – Donald Young, Jamie Hampton, Shelby Rogers, Jordan Cox and Rhyne Williams – are among the players competing at the USTA’s 2010 Australian Open Wild Card Playoffs. The event will be held for the second straight year at the Racquet Club of the South in Atlanta, December 17-19.
 
The event will also feature an exhibition match on Friday, December 17, that will be played in a World TeamTennis format. The club is a USTA Certified Regional Training Center.
 
Eight men and eight women will compete in the wild card playoffs. The USTA secured the opportunity through a reciprocal agreement with Tennis Australia where the two national tennis federations exchange wild cards for the 2010 US Open and the 2011 Australian Open.
 
Harrison and U.S. Fed Cup team member Coco Vandeweghe won last year’s events to earn main draw wild cards into the 2010 Australian Open.
 
Friday
2010 Australian Open Wild Card Playoff tennis event will open with the first round matches for the women at 11:00 a.m. followed by the first round of the men’s draw to commence at 3:00 p.m.
 
Starting at 6:00 pm on Friday, the Racquet Club of the South will host the Juniper Networks & Savvis VIP Players Party. Meet and mingle with the future of American tennis. This social event will feature a Taste of Tennis, under the direction of chef Paul of Paul's Restaurant, who is joined by the leading Chefs of Atlanta, and will include an open bar and fabulous gourmet food. The Juniper Networks & Savvis VIP Player Party will be followed by the Friday Night World Team Tennis Format Exhibition. Watch Patrick McEnroe, Melanie Oudin, joined by other tennis legends, and the leading contenders of the 2010 Australian Open Wild Card Playoffs as they compete in this fun and exciting tennis event.
 
Saturday
Men's and Women's Semi Finals & FREE Kids Day
 
Saturday is Kids Day! And Kids 12 and under are Free with the purchase of one Adult Ticket to any Session!
 
Join Patrick McEnroe, Melanie Oudin, and the elite USTA Player Development Coaches for a morning of FREE clinics, Quick Start tennis, a Teddy Tennis Court for 3-5 year olds, followed by a National Junior Exhibition featuring some of Atlanta’s most promising junior players.
 
Coaches providing clinics include Jay Berger (Head of the USTA's Men’s Tennis and a former top touring pro), Ola Malmqvist (Head of USTA Woman's Tennis), Frank Salazar (Director, Champions Center and Coach of rising star Denis Kudla) and the RCS Academy Coaching Staff.
 
Following the Kids Day schedule, the Women's Semi Finals Matches will commence at 1:00 P.M. followed by the Men's Semi Final Matches.
 
Sunday
The Finalists in the Men's and Women's draws will compete for the 2010 Australian Open Wild Card Title and the 2011 Australian Open Wild Card. The Women's Final to begin at 1:00 P.M. followed immediately by the Men's final.

Returning in 2010 to RCS to defend his title, the 2009 Champion, Ryan Harrison, stunned America at the 2010 US OPEN having three match points in the fifth set tie breaker against the 36th ranked player, Sergiy Stakhovsky, of the Ukraine.

The 2009  Champion, Coco Vandeweghe, committed to defend her Title after being selected to join Melanie Oudin, Bethany Mattek-Sands, and Leizel Huber in Fed Cup competition against Italy, this past November 6-7 in San Diego.

"Our philosophy is based on having our top emerging players improve through competition, and the wild card playoffs allow these players to earn the opportunity to compete at the highest levels of the sport," said Patrick McEnroe, General Manager, USTA Player Development. "We are also very excited to return to the Racquet Club of the South and the city of Atlanta. The support for the event last year was tremendous."
 
The men in the tournament: Jordan Cox (Duluth, Ga.), Harrison (Bradenton, Fla.), Denis Kudla (Arlington, Va.), Michael Shabaz (Fairfax, Va.), Tim Smyczek (Milwaukee, Wis.), Jack Sock (Lincoln, Neb.), Williams (Knoxville, Tenn.) and Young (Atlanta).
 
The women playing  are: Beatrice Capra (Ellicott City, Md.), Lauren Davis (Gates Mills, Ohio), Irina Falconi (Jupiter, Fla. and formerly of Georgia Tech), Hampton (Auburn, Ala.), Krista Hardebeck (Santa Ana, Calif.) Madison Keys (Boca Raton, Fla.), Rogers (Daniel Island, S.C.) and Vandeweghe (Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.)
 
For tickets and more information, go to www.australianwildcard.com.
 
 

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