• 2014 US Open National Playoffs Update - June 26, 2014

    USTA LogoFive additional Sectional Qualifying Tournaments were completed this week, advancing 20 additional players to the 2014 US Open National Playoffs – Men’s, Women’s and Mixed Doubles Championships in August. Below are the winners from each event.

    USTA Northern California – Chamisal Tennis & Fitness Club; Salinas, Calif.

    MEN’S SINGLES: David Hsu, 18, San Jose, Calif.
    --- Hsu will be competing for Stanford starting next fall. He won the 2013 state Central Coast Section tennis singles title in California while in high school.

    WOMEN’S SINGLES: Michaela Gordon, 14, Saratoga, Calif.
    --- Gordon is a standout junior player, who reached the semifinals of the Easter Bowl in 2013 and 2014. She has also competed in the qualifying or main draw of all four junior Grand Slam events, advancing to the third round of the junior US Open last year. She has ranked as high as No. 56 in the ITF World Junior Rankings.

    MIXED DOUBLES: Ena and Shuhei Shibahara, 16 and 21, both of Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.
    --- Ena and Shuhei are the only brother-sister mixed doubles team advancing to the US Open National Playoffs – Mixed Doubles Championship so far. Ena is a standout junior and high school player, and Shuhei plays for UC Irvine, where he has received All-Big West doubles honors.

    USTA Florida – Scott Speicher Tennis Center at Florida State University; Tallahassee, Fla.

    MEN’S SINGLES: Jeff Dadamo, 24, Tampa, Fla.
    --- Dadamo earned a wild card into the 2013 US Open Qualifying Tournament by winning the US Open National Playoffs men’s title and has now won the USTA Florida sectional qualifying tournament for the second consecutive year. He has captured two USTA Pro Circuit doubles titles and one singles title in his career. He graduated from Texas A&M in 2011, where he won the NCAA men’s doubles title with Austin Krajicek. Dadamo peaked at No. 480 in the world in singles in October 2012.

    WOMEN’S SINGLES: Liz Jeukeng, 18, Kansas City, Mo.
    --- Jeukeng completed her freshman year at Clemson last year, where she posted an 18-7 singles record. She played her entire freshman season before turning 17 and now competes on the USTA Pro Circuit. This year, she reached two USTA Pro Circuit quarterfinals. She was born in Cameroon and moved to the U.S. when she was 2 years old.

    MIXED DOUBLES: Brittany Dubins, 22, of North Miami Beach, Fla., and William Federhofer, 23, of North Miami, Fla.
    --- Dubins just completed her senior year playing for the University of Miami. Federhofer is a former University of Florida standout and is currently a volunteer assistant coach for the Barry University men's tennis team.

    USTA Northern – Baseline Tennis Center; Minneapolis

    MEN’S SINGLES: Wyatt McCoy, 21, Shoreview, Minn.
    --- McCoy will be a senior at Notre Dame next season. When he was in eighth grade, he won the Minnesota state singles title, becoming the only eighth grader in Minnesota history to do so.

    WOMEN’S SINGLES: Jessie Aney, 16, Rochester, Minn.
    --- Aney will play for the University of North Carolina in the fall of 2015. She is a standout junior, who this year reached the third round of the Easter Bowl. She also competed in the first two USTA Pro Circuit events of her career in Gainesville, Fla., and Sumter, S.C., this year, reaching the doubles semifinals in Gainesville.

    MIXED DOUBLES: Heather Nobler, 30, and Zachary Northey, 21, both of Lincoln, Neb.
    --- Nobler played the No. 1 position for the University of Oklahoma and went to the NCAA tournament in 2003 and 2004. She spent three years as the assistant coach at Marquette and is now a teaching pro in Nebraska. Northey plays in national and USTA Pro Circuit events. He won a USTA gold ball in mixed doubles last year in a clay-court national tournament.

    USTA Midwest – Fairview Tennis Center; Decatur, Ill.

    MEN’S SINGLES: Ronnie Schneider, 19, Bloomington, Ind.
    --- Schneider recently completed his freshman year at the University of North Carolina. He competed in men's doubles at the 2013 US Open after earning a wild card by winning the USTA Boys’ 18s National Championships with Paul Oosterbaan. Schneider has also competed in the junior US Open. He was a three-time Indiana state champion and went 99-1 in singles in his high school career.

    WOMEN’S SINGLES: Denise Muresan, 24, Lincolnshire, Ill.
    --- Muresan played for the University of Michigan, where she ranks third in all-time winning percentage while at the school (.707) and was a three-time All-American. She also was a two-time Big Ten Player of the Year, in 2010 and 2011. Muresan won her first pro title last year at an ITF-level event in Mexico and also holds two ITF doubles titles. Muresan is ranked No. 434 in the world.

    MIXED DOUBLES: Bartosz Jozwiak, 25, and Katarina Milinkovic, 25, both of Chicago
    --- Jozwiak and Milinkovic both played at DePaul. Jozwiak came to DePaul after a successful tennis career in Poland, Milinkovic from Serbia, where she was a member of the Serbian national team and won several singles and doubles titles during her career. While at DePaul, both earned Big East All-Conference honors and were members of the All-Academic team.

    USTA Middle States – Mercer County Park; West Windsor, N.J.

    MEN’S SINGLES: Punch Maleka, 35, King of Prussia, Pa.
    --- Maleka won the Middle States sectional qualifier for the third time in five years (2010, 2012 and 2014). He grew up as a soccer player in South Africa before his father urged him to focus on tennis. Maleka played professionally from 1996 to 2005, rising to the cusp of the Top 600 in singles and doubles in 2000. He currently works as a tennis instructor in Philadelphia and is an aspiring music producer and artist.

    WOMEN’S SINGLES: Jennifer Elie, 27, Fresh Meadows, N.Y.
    --- Elie has been a consistent player on the USTA Pro Circuit and in ITF-level events. She won two ITF singles titles in 2012 in Caracas, Venezuela, and has also won four USTA Pro Circuit and ITF-level doubles events. Elie, who peaked at No. 286 in the world in April 2013, has a career win over current world No. 18 Sloane Stephens at the $50,000 USTA Pro Circuit event in Lexington, Ky., in 2011.

    MIXED DOUBLES: Lindsay Graff, 21, and Ilia Shatashvili, 26, both of Princeton, N.J.
    --- Graff will return to the US Open National Playoffs this year after capturing won both the singles and mixed doubles titles at the USTA Middle States sectional qualifier last year. She is a rising senior at Princeton, majoring in mechanical and aerospace engineering. This past season, she was named the Ivy League Player of the Year after going undefeated in Ivy League play at the No. 1 singles position. Shatashvili played at Columbia and is now the men's tennis volunteer assistant coach at Princeton. Shatashvili spent more than a year after college working as a financial analyst and interned in the summer of 2006 in the New York City mayor's office, as a public relations research analyst.

    The winners or top available finishers from each of the 13 sectional qualifying tournaments held throughout the spring and summer advance to the US Open National Playoffs – Men’s, Women’s and Mixed Doubles Championships, to be held during the Connecticut Open, an Emirates Airline US Open Series women’s event, in August. The US Open National Playoffs mixed doubles champions receive a main draw wild card into the 2014 US Open, while the men’s and women’s singles champions earn a wild card into the US Open Qualifying Tournament held the week prior to the US Open.

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    NEXT EVENTS

    --- The USTA Texas Sectional Qualifying Tournament in Arlington, Texas, takes place June 23-28, at the Arlington Tennis Center.

    --- The USTA Southern Sectional Qualifying Tournament in Norcross, Ga., takes place June 23-29, at Lifetime Fitness at Peachtree Corners.

    --- The USTA Missouri Valley Sectional Qualifying Tournament in Prairie Village, Kan., takes place June 26-29, at Homestead Country Club.

    Visit www.USOpen.org/NationalPlayoffs for additional information
    on the US Open National Playoffs.
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