For New Yorkers, Labor Day means a final weekend escape out to the Hamptons, back to school and US Open Tennis. From star studded events like “Taste of Tennis” and the annual “US Open Player Party” the city is abuzz with all things Tennis.
This year, the Roosevelt Hotel has a bird’s eye view of all the action! US Open Tennis Player, Robert Kendrick, has made the Roosevelt Hotel his home for the duration of his Tournament Play. In addition to staying at the hotel, Kendrick is featuring a “Roosevelt Hotel” patch on all of his shirts worn throughout the tournament.
“I am thrilled to enter into this relationship with the Roosevelt Hotel” said Kendrick. “The location of the hotel is perfect for me to travel to and from the stadium in Queens, and also puts me in the center of all the US Open action taking place in Manhattan.”
The 30 year old Florida native has been playing competitive tennis since the age of 5. Throughout high school, he competed in junior tennis and enjoyed some intermittent success. In 1996, he was the runner-up in singles at the USTA Boys’ 18s National Indoor Championships. Then in 1997, he reached the final doubles of the Easter Bowl and reach the singles final and took the doubles title at the USTA International Grass Court Championships. In 1998, he attended the University of Washington earning All-American in singles and doubles as a sophomore with a record of 31-9, and got as high as No. 3 in the collegiate rankings that year. He then transferred to Pepperdine University for his junior year and again attained All-American with an 18-10 record. He managed to reach the round of 16 at the NCAA Men’s Tennis Championship where he was defeated.
Since turning professional in 1999, Kendrick has competed in all of the major tournaments including the Delray Beach International Championship, Wimbledon, Campbell’s Hall of Fame Tennis Championship, The Australian Open, Sony Ericsson Open, Queens Club Championship and the US Open.
In this year’s Open Kendrick won his first tow qualifying matches and faced Gael Monfis in the first round of Men’s Singles in the 2010 US Open Tournament play. Unfortunately, Kendrick was defeated 3/6, 6/3, 6/4, 6/7 (tie breaker 5/7), 6/4. Kendrick returns to the court on Wednesday, September 1st to start men’s doubles play.
Robert Kendrick and friends at mad46
Left to right: US Open Players Travis Rettenmaier, Robby Ginepri, Robert Kendrick, and former player Travis Blake. Front: trainer Paul Pisani