The 2010 U.S. Open tournament is underway as the men’s and women’s qualifying rounds began on August 24th. Unlike previous years, the 2010 U.S. Open was actually “open” to everyone. All interested tennis players above the age of 14 were invited to compete for a wild card spot in the tournament. 1200 players came out to 16 sectional qualifying tournaments for a chance at their dreams in the inaugural U.S. Open National Playoffs. The two wild cards were earned by Blake Strode for the men and Alexandra Mueller for the women. Both Strode and Mueller are now off to compete in the first round of the U.S. Open Qualifying tournament.
In addition to the new National Playoffs that give everyone a chance to compete, the United States Tennis Association (USTA) have announced a few more “enhancements” to look out for this year . These include upgraded facilities across all grounds, brand new concessions areas, expanded streaming on usopen.org to include all matches, and a star-studded opening ceremony that celebrates the tournament theme Dream, Succeed, Inspire. The opening ceremonies will take place on Monday, August 30th and will be broadcast on ESPN to kickoff their prime time coverage of the Open.
This year’s tournament, which officially takes place August 30th through September 12th, will most likely prove a very entertaining one, as top-seeded Rafael Nadal will compete for a chance to earn a career Grand Slam of the year and first U.S. Open title ever. On the women’s side, number one seed Serena Williams will be sidelined because of a right foot injury, and Caroline Wozniacki will step up in the top spot.
There are a few fun ways for everyone to get involved in the 2010 U.S. Open without breaking the bank on tickets to Arthur Ashe Stadium. One way is to participate in the “Bracket Challenge” that is a totally free and fun way to interactively place your picks for each rounds winners. Also, Madison Square Park is once again hosting U.S. Open Live, presented by American Express. A live viewing screen will be set up in the conservancy so fans can enjoy all the action. Guests are welcome to sit in the bleachers provided and enjoy concessions from area restaurants. Live screening in the park will take place September 3rd through the 12th.