• 2014 US Open National Playoffs Update - June 17, 2014

    USTA LogoThe USTA Eastern, USTA Southern California and USTA New England Sectional Qualifying Tournaments were completed this weekend, advancing 12 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 Eastern – USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center; Flushing, N.Y.


    MEN’S SINGLES: Phillip Simmonds, 28, of Selden, N.Y.
    --- Simmonds peaked at No. 219 in the world in singles in October 2006 and No. 200 in doubles in June 2007. He has won three USTA Pro Circuit singles titles and six USTA Pro Circuit doubles titles. He played in the US Open singles main draw in 2006, where he lost to Richard Gasquet in the first round, and also competed in the US Open men’s doubles draw in 2004, 2006 and 2007. A standout junior player, Simmonds rose to No. 2 in the world junior rankings and was a member of the 2002 U.S. Junior Davis Cup team that reached the final. He won the 2002 Orange Bowl, reached the semifinals in boys’ singles at the French Open and Wimbledon, and won the Australian Open junior doubles title in 2003 (teaming with Scott Oudsema to defeat Jo-Wilfred Tsonga and his partner in the semifinals).

    WOMEN’S SINGLES: Rima Asatrian, 18, of Tenafly, N.J.
    --- Asatrian recently graduated from high school and will play for Columbia University this fall. She has trained at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center and competed in the qualifying for the US Open Junior Championships.

    MIXED DOUBLES: Hleb Maslau, 24, and Simona Weymar, 23, both from Southampton, N.Y.
    --- Both Maslau and Weymar played for the University of North Florida. Maslau was born in Belarus and Weymar was born in Germany.

    USTA Southern California – The Claremont Club; Claremont, Calif.

    MEN’S SINGLES: Daniel McCall, 21, of San Francisco
    --- McCall recently completed his sophomore season at Duke University, where he went 10-3 in doubles and 9-7 in singles. As a junior player, he competed in qualifying at the 2010 US Open juniors and was a semifinalist at the 2010 USTA Boys’ 18s International Spring Championships.

    WOMEN’S SINGLES: Kelly Chen, 15, of Cerritos, Calif.
    --- Chen is No. 2 in the USTA Southern California Girls’ 18s sectional rankings. She reached the singles and doubles semifinals of the USTA Girls’ 18s International Spring Championships in April.

    MIXED DOUBLES: West Nott, 32, of Los Angeles, and Kaitlyn Christian, 22, of Orange, Calif.
    --- Christian recently graduated from USC; she was the top-ranked college doubles player in the country after winning the 2013 NCAA Doubles Championship with Sabrina Santamaria. Last year, Christian competed in the 2013 US Open mixed doubles event with Dennis Novikov and faced eventual champions Max Mirnyi and Andrea Hlavackova in the first round. She has also captured two USTA Pro Circuit doubles titles. Nott is the associate head coach at USC. He played collegiately for Georgia Tech and is a member of the Pacific Oceania Davis Cup team.

    USTA New England – Yale University Tennis Center; West Haven, Conn.

    MEN’S SINGLES: Jesse Witten, 31, of Naples, Fla.
    --- A longtime touring professional, Witten peaked at No. 163 in the world in early 2010 and has played on the USTA Pro Circuit periodically over the past few years, winning his first title in four years at the $10,000 USTA Pro Circuit Futures in Indian Harbour Beach, Fla., last June. He posted the best Grand Slam result of his career at the 2009 US Open, qualifying and knocking off two Top 100 players before falling to Novak Djokovic in four sets in the third round. Witten is a former University of Kentucky standout, reaching the NCAA singles final in 2002. Last year, he won the mixed doubles title (with his sister, former UK standout Sarah) at the US Open National Playoffs Florida Sectional Qualifying Tournament.

    WOMEN’S SINGLES: Caitlin Whoriskey, 26, of East Sandwich, Mass.
    --- A former University of Tennessee standout, Whoriskey was named the 2010 College Senior Player of the Year after leading the Volunteers to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament for the first time in eight seasons. Whoriskey captured her first career USTA Pro Circuit singles title in May at the $10,000 event in Hilton Head Island, S.C., where she also won the doubles crown. She spent the first half of 2013 competing in Europe, where she reached back-to-back ITF singles finals in Turkey in May. She has also captured four ITF doubles titles throughout the world.

    MIXED DOUBLES: Max Schnur, 21, of Richmond, Va., and Riza Zalameda, 28, of NYC
    --- Zalameda peaked at No. 76 in the world in doubles in April 2010 and has competed in the US Open women’s doubles main draw five times, reaching the second round in 2004 and 2008; she has also played in the doubles main draw at the French Open and Wimbledon. She captured five USTA Pro Circuit doubles titles in 2009. Schnur recently finished his junior year at Columbia; he won the 2013 National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

    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 Northern California Sectional Qualifying Tournament in Salinas, Calif., takes place June 17-22, at the Chamisal Tennis & Fitness Club.

    --- The USTA Florida Sectional Qualifying Tournament in Tallahassee, Fla., takes place June 19-22, at The Scott Speicher Tennis Center at Florida State University.

    --- The USTA Northern Sectional Qualifying Tournament in Minneapolis takes place June 19-23, at Baseline Tennis Center.

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