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Arlington's Denis Kudla and Kastles’ Bobby Reynolds Compete for a spot in the US Open

From the Tennis Center at College Park:


COLLEGE PARK, MD – The Junior Tennis Champions Center (JTCC), located at 5200 Paint Branch Parkway in College Park, MD, is hosting the 2011 US Open Wildcard Playoff from August 18–20.  The United States Tennis Association (USTA) has selected eight men and eight women to compete in the 2011 US Open Wildcard Playoffs for a spot in the main draw of the US Open.

“Our philosophy and continued approach is that wild cards into the biggest events, including the US Open, should be earned as opposed to given away, and we want our top emerging players to compete for the right to play at the highest levels of the sport,” said Patrick McEnroe, General Manager, USTA Player Development.  “This year, we’re looking forward to hosting the event at one of the finest developmental facilities in the country, one that has produced a number of players that could have an impact not only in this event, but on the sport of tennis for years to come.”

Two local players have been selected to participate in the Playoffs.  Arlington native and JTCC product, Denis Kudla and Washington Kastles player Bobby Reynolds are among the eight men who are vying for a spot in the US Open. 

Bobby Reynolds currently plays for the Washington Kastles, helped the team complete an undefeated season in 2011, and was selected as World Team Tennis’ Rookie of the Year in 2010. Bobby has achieved a career high ranking of #46 in the world.

Denis Kudla is the 2010 US Open Juniors finalist, the 2009 16 and under Orange Bowl champion, and was the third ranked junior player in the world last year. Denis reached the Quarterfinals of the 2011 Campbell’s Hall of Fame Tennis Championships in Newport, RI.

Jack Sock is the 2010 US Open Juniors Champion and 2010 National Hard Court Champion. 

Other male contenders in the 2011 US Open Wildcard Playoffs are Rhyne Williams, Alex Domajin, and Daniel Kosakowski.  The USTA has yet to select the final two men to round out the top eight rising stars.

Lauren Davis won the 2010 Eddie Herr and Orange Bowl, two of the most prestigious junior tournaments in the world.  She played in her first Grand Slam event at this year’s Australian Open.

Madison Keys is a member of World Team Tennis’ Philadelphia Freedoms and is one of the youngest players ever to win a match on the WTA tour. (14 years old and 48 days)

Alexa Glatch won the Easter Bowl in both Girls 14 and Girls 18 divisions as well as the Orange Bowl in the 16s division.  Alexa was ranked as high as five in the world juniors and has represented the United States in numerous competitions including the Junior Fed Cup.

Contenders on the women’s side are: Alison Riske, Jamie Hampton, Jessica Pegula and Gail Brodsky.  The USTA has yet to announce the eighth player. 

Session 3 on Friday, August 19 at 6 pm features a marquee semifinal in addition to a Tennis Carnival.  The Tennis Carnival includes a barbecue, clinics, games, and a World Team Tennis exhibition match with politicians, local celebrities, players from the Playoff, and former top ATP pros.   

A big supporter of youth tennis, JTCC is also hosting the “Capitol Clash” on Saturday, August 20.  The “Capitol Clash” is an intersectional 10 and under Junior Team Tennis competition featuring young players from the USTA Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, Texas and Caribbean sections.  Junior Team Tennis brings youth together for light competition that fosters cooperation and reinforces learned skills.

Ticketing information is available at www.jtcc.org or by calling 301 779 8000.

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