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FLUSHING, N.Y., August 15, 2013 – The USTA today announced its plans for a sweeping transformation of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center that will include building a retractable roof over Arthur Ashe Stadium, and the construction of two new stadiums. The transformation will be implemented in three phases to begin at the conclusion of the 2013 US Open, with the goal of overall completion by the 2018 US Open.  The completion of the retractable roof for Arthur Ashe Stadium is scheduled for August 2017.
The cost for this historic transformation is estimated at $550 million, including the cost of the retractable roof, estimated to cost in excess of $100 million.  As it has done with improvements to the National Tennis Center in the past, the USTA will self-finance the entire cost of this transformation through a combination of bonds and USTA revenue generation. Since 1994, the USTA has invested more than $500 million in improvements to the site.
“We have been working toward a viable design for a roof on Arthur Ashe Stadium for more than a decade,” said USTA Chairman of the Board and President Dave Haggerty.  “Through a long and arduous process, we feel that we now have a design that meets the criteria of being architecturally sound, aesthetically pleasing, reasonably affordable, and buildable.”
In addition to the roof on Arthur Ashe Stadium, phase one of construction is scheduled to include the shifting of the existing practice courts and two tournament courts to the north. This will allow the construction of an expanded viewing area for the practice courts and the three new tournament courts. This enhanced fan experience will require the re-building of the current transportation facilities located adjacent to Arthur Ashe Stadium.

USTA Player Development is awarding a US Open main draw wild card to one American man and one American woman who earn the most ranking points in a series of USTA Pro Circuit events this summer. Ranking points from two out of four men’s events and two out of three women’s events are used and combined to calculate the point total and determine the US Open wild card recipient. If a player competes in more than two events, only the best tournaments will be counted in calculating the point total. Only players who have not earned direct acceptance into the US Open are eligible for the wild card.

Shelby Rogers, 20, of Charleston, S.C., earned a main draw wild card into the 2013 US Open yesterday after winning the $50,000 USTA Pro Circuit event in Lexington, Ky. Rogers earned 102 points with her best two results on the USTA Pro Circuit, winning Lexington and reaching the semifinals at the $50,000 event in Portland, Ore.Rogers also earned a main-draw wild card into the 2013 French Open by winning the Har-Tru USTA Pro Circuit Wild Card Challenge in the spring. (At the French Open, she defeated Irena Pavlovic in the first round to win her first-ever Grand Slam main draw match.) The winner of the Har-Tru USTA Pro Circuit Wild Card Challenge was determined similarly to this US Open wild card system by the player who accumulated the greatest number of WTA ranking points at USTA Pro Circuit clay-court events.

As a junior player, Rogers won the USTA Girls’ 18s National Championships to earn a wild card into the main draw of the 2010 US Open for her first appearance in a Grand Slam (in the either main draw or the juniors). She lives in Boca Raton, Fla., and trains at the USTA National Training Center – Headquarters and is ranked a career-high No. 133 in the world. 

The current standings are as follows:

Men’s USTA Pro Circuit US Open Wild Card Update*

Player Name

Binghamton, N.Y.


Lexington, Ky.

Vancouver, B.C.

$100K Aptos

Total Points

  1. Alex Kuznetsov





  1. Bradley Klahn





  1. Tennys Sandgren
  2. Austin Krajicek








  1. Rhyne Williams





  1. Mitchell Krueger





*The men’s wild card will be awarded from the best combined results intwo of the four events above.

Women’s USTA Pro Circuit US Open Wild Card Update *

Player Name

Yakima, Wash.


Portland, Ore.

Lexington, Ky.

Best Two Results

  1. Shelby Rogers





  1. Nicole Gibbs





  1. Alison Riske
  2. Grace Min









  1. Sachia Vickery





*Shelby Rogers clinched the women’s wild card.  

The USTA first used this format for its 2012 French Open wild cards, won by Melanie Oudin and Brian Baker, who each advanced to the second round at last year’s French Open and subsequently broke into the Top 100. The USTA also used this format to grant a men’s and women’s main draw wild card into the 2012 US Open, which was won by Steve Johnson and Mallory Burdette, who both reached the third round of the US Open, as well as the 2013 French Open, which was won by Alex Kuznetsov and Shelby Rogers.

The remaining men’s events will be streamed live on Vancouver takes place this week and Aptos will be held next week.

Camp also will Feature Appearances by International Tennis Hall of Famer Brad Parks

  1. Three-time Paralympic Quad Doubles Gold Medalist David Wagner

Camp to Include Players from 10 Different States and Six Different Countries

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., JULY 23, 2013 – The USTA today announced that 32 young wheelchair athletes will be participating in the 2013 USTA-ITF International Junior Wheelchair Tennis Camp in Mission Viejo, Calif., July 28-Aug. 2. The camp will take place at Marguerite Tennis Pavilion and is for youth ages 12-18, who live with a permanent disabling condition and use a wheelchair when playing sports including tennis.

This year’s camp will include players from 10 different states and six different countries (Argentina, Canada, Chile, Guatemala, Mexico, and the United States). The camp is geared towards fun and camaraderie, while developing tennis skills in these young athletes.

Each day of camp consists of morning wheelchair tennis clinics and in-depth tennis instruction. Afternoon sessions include additional instruction, as well as an ITF-ranking wheelchair tennis tournament. Brad Parks, a member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame, and founder of wheelchair tennis, will be speaking to the campers on Tuesday, July 30. Campers also will receive world-class instruction from David Wagner, a three-time Paralympic gold medalist and US Open champion, as well as from Dan James, the USTA’s National Head Coach and National Manager of Wheelchair Tennis, Jason Harnett, a USTA Wheelchair Tennis Assistant National Coach, and other esteemed wheelchair tennis coaches. Off-court activities for campers include a trip to Universal Studios.  

“We are thrilled and proud to hold this wheelchair tennis camp for these young athletes who want to develop their games,” said James. “These athletes, some of whom are playing in this country for the first time, are being afforded a unique opportunity to play the sport they enjoy and forge relationships with other young people who share a similar lifestyle. We hope this camp will impact the growth of these young players for years to come.”

The clinic is sponsored by the USTA, the ITF, the Johan Cruyff Foundation, and the City of Mission Viejo, which is providing the local tennis courts.


U.S. Athletes


Eliel Burroughs (Whittier, CA)

Angel Cardenas (La Mirada, CA)

Jose Estrada (San Diego)

Lauren Haneke-Hopps (San Diego)

Chris Herman (Gulfport, FL)

Nathan Hunter (Grantsville, UT)

Krystal Kelley (Grand Haven, MI)

Reo Kobayashi (Aliso Viejo, CA)

Jeffrey Marshall (Boulder, CO)

Colleen Moen (San Diego)

Genaro Perez (La Mirada, CA)

Efrain Precaido (La Mirada, CA)

Casey Ratzlaff (Wichita, KS)

Alex Saporito (Prairieville, LA)

Paul Shin (Los Angeles)

Auburn Smith (Port Orange, FL)

Charles “Parker” Smith (Tewksbury, MA)

Kailey Smith (Littleton, CO)

Juan Solis (La Mirada, CA)

Dustin Strelsky (Rockdale, TX)

Conner Stroud (Spindale, NC)


International Athletes


Tomas Bourassa (Canada)

Miguel Coronado (Chile)

Carlos Muro (Mexico)

Antonella Pralong (Argentina)

Luis Felipe Reye (Chile)

Amy Rojas (Guatemala)

Alejandro Ross (Mexico)

Isabel Rubio (Guatemala)

Ignacio Santise (Argentina)

Lucas Scarazzini (Argentina)

Lizabeth Soto (Mexico)

Series’ 10th Year to Feature Nearly 200 Hours

of Live Television Coverage on ESPN, Tennis Channel and CBS


WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., July 23, 2013 –The 10th season of the Emirates Airline US Open Series, the five-week North American summer tennis season that links nine ATP World Tour and WTA summer tournaments to the US Open, launches this week with the men’s BB&T Atlanta Open and the women’s Bank of the West Classic in Stanford, Calif. Since its inception in 2004, the Emirates Airline US Open Series has doubled television viewership and increased event attendance, while generating new corporate partnerships for the sport. See the full summer TV schedule here.


Throughout the summer, the Series will feature nearly 200 live television hours on ESPN2, Tennis Channel and CBS Sports. The Emirates Airline US Open Series premieres on television onThursday, July 25, from the Bank of the West Classic, with six hours on Tennis Channel. Television coverage of the BB&T Atlanta Open begins on Friday, July 26, with four hours on ESPN2. Both ESPN2 and Tennis Channel will air live coverage of each tournament’s semifinals on Saturday, with ESPN2 airing both finals live on Sunday, July 28.


More than 200 of the game’s top players will compete during the Series for more than $40 million in prize money. Additionally, through the Emirates Airline US Open Series Bonus Challenge, the USTA will offer up to an additional $2.6 million in bonus prize money at the US Open to the top three men’s and top three women’s singles finishers in the Emirates Airline US Open Series. The Emirates Airline US Open Series Bonus Challenge has resulted in some of the largest paychecks in tennis history for men ($2.4 million–Roger Federer, 2007) and women ($2.2 million–Kim Clijsters, 2005 and 2010). Last year, Novak Djokovic and Petra Kvitova captured the Emirates Airline US Open Series titles.


The Emirates Airline US Open Series season will be supported again by a multi-million dollar national marketing campaign, the website and sponsor activation on both the national and local levels. This is the second year Emirates Airline is serving as the title sponsor of the Series, as well as the official airline of the US Open. The Emirates Airline US Open Series is also supported by American Express, Chase, Citizen Watch Company and Esurance.


“As we enter our 10th season of the Series, it’s gratifying to know how far we’ve come in utilizing the summer season prior to the US Open as a platform to showcase tennis to an increasing number of television viewers, spectators and corporate partners,” said J. Wayne Richmond, General Manager of the Emirates Airline US Open Series.


Emirates Returns


Emirates, the world’s fastest growing airline, has partnered with USTA Serves, the national charitable foundation of the United States Tennis Association (USTA), to bring the fun and fitness of tennis to children across North America as part of “Emirates Returns.” The program, a grassroots charitable initiative connected to the Emirates Airline US Open Series, provides underserved youth in the various Series markets access to the sport of tennis as well as opens up educational opportunities.


A key component of the initiative includes a charitable donation of cash and new tennis equipment for each tournament’s affiliated charitable youth tennis partner. The total value of the donation across all nine Series tournaments and the US Open is $140,000. From that figure, Emirates will make a total cash contribution of $90,000 to USTA Serves which will then be distributed to the designated local youth tennis organizations in the form of grants to fund tennis and education programming.


USTA Military Outreach and Tennis Play Days


The USTA utilizes tennis to help reconnect service members with their families and communities, and the following Emirates Airline US Open Series events will be will be holding military appreciation events to honor service members, veterans and their families:  BB&T Atlanta Open, Southern California Open, Citi Open, Western & Southern Open, Winston-Salem Open and New Haven Open at Yale.


Many of this year’s Emirates Airline US Open Series events also will host Tennis Play Days, which allow kids to experience competition in a fun, low-pressure setting. Emphasis is placed on participation and effort, not wins and losses. Kids play multiple matches in a non-elimination setting—all with the goal of enhancing skills and making friends in a social atmosphere.  Tennis Play Days are geared towards getting more kids to participate in tennis by using modified equipment and courts tailored to a child’s size and ability. By utilizing shorter and lighter racquets, slower-bouncing balls, smaller courts and simplified scoring, children learn to play more quickly and easily while having more fun in the process. In 2012, more than 4,000 Tennis Play Days were held throughout the country.  To find a local Tennis Play Day, visit


Television Coverage


Nearly 200 hours of live tennis action will be televised during the five weeks of the Emirates Airline US Open Series, with ESPN remaining the lead telecaster and offering nearly 90 hours of coverage also available on WatchESPN, extensive live and encore coverage on Tennis Channel, and CBS Sports airing the Men’s Singles Finals in Cincinnati and Winston-Salem. The Emirates Airline US Open Series, combined with the US Open, will deliver close to 400 hours of live coverage to tennis fans during the summer tennis “Open Season.


The impressive roster of television talent covering the 2013 Emirates Airline US Open Series season includes: ESPN – Jimmy Arias, Darren Cahill, Cliff Drysdale, Chris Evert, Mary Joe Fernandez, Chris Fowler, Brad Gilbert, Sam Gore, Patrick McEnroe, Tom Rinaldi, Pam Shriver and Rennae Stubbs; Tennis Channel – Lindsay Davenport, Donald Dell, Ian Eagle, Justin Gimelstob, Brett Haber, Mark Knowles, Corina Morariu, Ted Robinson, Leif Shiras and Rennae Stubbs; and CBS Sports – Mary Carillo, Jim Courier, Mary Joe Fernandez and Bill Macatee.


Electronic line calling technology will continue to be branded“Chase Review” and players will once again have three challenges per set plus one additional during tiebreakers.


Emirates Airline US Open Series Radio powered by is scheduled to provide live-audio play-by-play via the Internet from select tournaments again this season.


About the Emirates Airline US Open Series


Now in its 10th season, the Emirates Airline US Open Series continues to serve as a true regular season of hard-court tennis, linking nine summer tournaments to the US Open. Novak Djokovic and Petra Kvitova won the 2012 Emirates Airline US Open Series men’s and women’s titles. In 2007, Roger Federer collected one of the biggest paychecks in tennis history – $2.4 million – for winning the US Open and the Emirates Airline US Open Series titles. In 2005, Kim Clijsters also captured both the US Open and the Series, winning $2.2 million and equaled that amount in 2010, winning the US Open and finishing the Emirates Airline US Open Series in second place.

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