2011 US Open National Playoffs Update

June 01, 2011, 5:32 p.m. (ET)

LAST WEEK’S RECAP:

Former Doubles World No. 2 and Grand Slam Doubles Champion Ellis Ferreira Captures Mixed Doubles in Florida; Teenager Skylar Morton Wins Women’s Singles and Mixed Doubles in Mid-Atlantic

Former doubles world No. 2 Ellis Ferreira won the mixed doubles title at the 2001 Australian Open and the men’s doubles title at the 2000 Australian Open, and reached the final of the US Open men’s doubles in 2000. He is now one step closer to returning to the US Open after winning the mixed doubles title at the USTA Florida Sectional Qualifying Tournament at IMG/Bolletieri Academies in Bradenton, Fla., this week. Ferreira, 41, of Holmes Beach, Fla., and partner Amanda Rodgers, 18, of Bradenton, Fla., defeated Tiffany Davis and Milos Koprivica, 6-4, 6-3, in the final. As a former pro, Ferreira captured 18 career ATP doubles titles and, following retirement, founded the Eagleton/Ferreira Tennis Academy in Longboat Key, Fla. Rodgers will be playing for Syracuse University in the fall and trains with Ferreira at his academy.

In women’s singles in Florida, 16-year-old Caroline Dailey, of Sarasota, Fla., lost just 11 games in four matches en route to winning the title. Dailey is a two-time high school state champion in Florida and received a wild card into the $25,000 USTA Pro Circuit event in Osprey, Fla., in April, where she lost in three sets to  a Top 200 player. In men’s singles, Russian-born Oleg Dmitriev, 27, of Dania Beach, Fla., captured the title. Dmitriev is a local teaching pro and briefly played in ITF-level tournaments once he turned pro in 2000.

Seventeen-year-old Skylar Morton became the second person and first woman to sweep the singles and doubles titles at a Sectional Qualifying Tournament (joining 2010 US Open National Playoffs champion Blake Strode, who captured the New England titles last month). Morton won the singles and mixed doubles title at the USTA Mid-Atlantic Sectional Qualifying Tournament at the Tennis Center at College Park in College Park, Md., this week. In the women’s singles final,  Morton faced Spencer Liang, of Potomac, Md., who had played a nearly three-hour singles semifinal and a mixed doubles semifinal earlier in the day. In the end, Morton defeated Liang 6-0, 7-5. Morton returned to the courts with her partner from Patrick Daciek, 21, of Severna Park, Md., to pull out a quick win against brother-sister duo Tara and Venkat Iyer, winning the mixed doubles title, 6-0, 6-1. Prior to the tournament, Morton and Daciek, a standout player for Virginia Tech, had never played doubles together, but they knew each other from years of training together in Maryland. Morton trains at the USTA Regional Training Center in College Park and reached the final of the International Grass Court Junior Championships last year.

In men’s singles, Damon Gooch, 24, of Bethesda, Md., captured the singles title, 6-4, 7-6(4), over David Emery, of Fairfax, Va. Gooch is a former junior standout from South Africa, who came to the U.S. to compete for the University of Elon, where he played at the No. 1 position on the team. He started training at the Tennis Center at College Park at the beginning of this year and has competed on the USTA Pro Circuit and in ITF-level events.

The US Open National Playoffs – Men’s, Women’s and Mixed Doubles Championships will be held during the New Haven Open at Yale, an Olympus US Open Series women’s event in August. The US Open National Playoffs mixed doubles champions receive a main draw wild card into the 2011 US Open. The US Open National Playoffs men’s and women’s singles champions again earn a wild card into the US Open Qualifying Tournament, held the week prior to the US Open.

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

NEXT EVENTS:

The next two US Open National Playoffs Sectional Qualifying Tournaments will be hosted by USTA Hawaii-Pacific, in Honolulu, June 2-5, and USTA Midwest in Cincinnati, June 4-8.

Players competing in the USTA Hawaii-Pacific Sectional Qualifying Tournament include:

  • Former doubles No. 32 Mark Keil, 44, of Honolulu, who captured five career ATP doubles titles and defeated Pete Sampras at the Queen’s Club in 1991; Keil also directed and produced a film documenting life behind the scenes for a tour professional titled “The Journeymen”
  • Angelo Niculescu, 30, of Lake Oswego, Ore., who won the USTA Pacific Northwest Sectional Qualifying Tournament last year; a top junior growing up in Romania, Niculescu played for the University of South Carolina and now serves as a head tennis pro in Gresham, Ore.
  • Erik S. Nelson-Kortland, 32, of Marina del Rey, Calif., who defeated Olympic skier Bode Miller in the first round of the USTA Hawaii-Pacific Sectional Qualifying Tournament last year and who played for Sacramento State
  • Former University of Southern California standout and 1998 Easter Bowl finalist Maureen Diaz, 29, of Glendale, Calif., who won this USTA Midwest Sectional Qualifying Tournament last year and regularly competes on the USTA Pro Circuit

Players competing in the USTA Midwest Sectional Qualifying Tournament include:

  • University of Kentucky standout Eric Quigley, 22, of Pewee Valley, Ky., who won this USTA Midwest Sectional Qualifying Tournament last year and was one of three male players to represent the United States at the Master'U BNP Paribas in Poitiers, France, an international college tennis competition in December 2009
  • Former world No. 82 and current USTA Pro Circuit player Romana Tedjakusuma, 34, who competed for Indonesia as a member of their Olympic team and Fed Cup team; she reached the third round of the Australian Open in 1994 and holds one WTA doubles title
  • 20-year-old Christian Roehmer, of Mount Pleasant, Mich., a standout player at Michigan State, whose 53-year-old dad is also competing in the tournament

 

UPCOMING REGISTRATION DEADLINES:

Registration for the US Open National Playoffs USTA Southern California Sectional Qualifying Tournament closes on Thursday, June 2. The tournament will take place at The Claremont Club in Claremont, Calif., June 13-17.

Registration for the US Open National Playoffs USTA Northern Sectional Qualifying Tournament closes on Sunday, June 5. The tournament will take place at the Baseline Tennis Center in Minneapolis, Minn., June 23-26.

Registration for the US Open National Playoffs USTA Texas Sectional Qualifying Tournament closes on Monday, June 6. The tournament will take place at the Arlington Tennis Center in Arlington, Texas, June 20-25.

 

 

US OPEN NATIONAL PLAYOFFS SECTIONAL QUALIFYING TOURNAMENT RESULTS 

 

Section

Men's Winner

Women's Winner

Mixed Doubles Winners

USTA Eastern

Steve Erickson

Petra Jurova

Beatrix Bielik/Darren Cohen

Age: 23, Hometown: Emerson, NJ

Age: 18, Hometown, Bratislava, Slovakia

Ages: 30/27, Hometowns: Valley Stream, NY/Lafayette, CA

USTA Southwest

Bojan Temunovic

Sylvia Kosakowski

Nicole Melichar/Sam Harrison

Age: 22, Hometown: Scottsdale, AZ

Age: 24, Hometown: Downey, CA

Ages: 17/18, Hometown: Stuart, FL/Gilbert, AZ

USTA New England

Blake Strode

Lena Litvak

Whitney Jones/Blake Strode

Age: 23, Hometown: St. Louis, MO

Age: 22, Hometown: Ukraine/New York City

Ages: 24/23, Hometowns: St. Louis, MO

USTA Florida

Oleg Dmitriev

Caroline Dailey

Amanda Rodgers/Ellis Ferreira

Age: 27; Hometown: Russia/Dania Beach, FL

Age: 16; Hometown: Sarasota, FL

Ages: 18/41; Hometowns: Bradenton, FL/Holmes Beach, FL

USTA Mid-Atlantic

Damon Gooch

Skylar Morton

Skylar Morton/Patrick Daciek

Age: 24; Hometown: South Africa/Bethesda, MD

Age: 17; Hometown: Bethesda, MD

Ages: 17/21; Hometowns: Bethesda, MD/Severna Park, MD