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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Talbert Award Winners Named; Entries for US Open Qualifying Now Being Accepted in Most Sections

The USTA has released the names of the winners of the annual Bill Talbert Jr. Sportsmanship Awards. The juniors honored for 2009 are Shaun Chaudhuri of Pleasanton, Calif., Neil Karandikar of Belle Meade, N.J., Marc Powers of Stamford, Conn. and Caroline Price of Duluth, Ga. The USTA has added a great new feature to these national awards, producing videos of all the winners, which provides so much more context to their selection. The juniors and their families are traditionally invited to July's International Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Newport, Rhode Island. To see the videos, click here.

The dates and venues for all the sectional qualifying events for the US Open National Playoffs have been set, and entries are being accepted in 16 of the 18 sections now. In fact, the Eastern Section's tournament will be held April 18-26 at the USTA BJK National Tennis Center, so entries close for that event April 5th. Participants can compete in any section that fits in their schedule, but only in one such tournament. Juniors age 14 and older are eligible. For the complete list of dates, locations and entry deadlines, see usopen.org.

USTA Florida's event will be held at the IMG/Bollettieri Academy in late May. Rick Workman, the Eddie Herr tournament director, will be in charge of the event, according to this article on USTA Florida's website.