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USTA Hawaii Pacific Section
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2011 USONP Hawaii Pacific Section

  WEB BUG - 11 USONP POSTEVENT

 

ANGELO NICULESCU AND MAUREEN DIAZ WIN US OPEN NATIONAL PLAYOFFS HAWAII PACIFIC SECTIONAL QUALIFYING TOURNAMENT

AT THE PATSY T. MINK CENTRAL OAHU REGIONAL PARK, JUNE 3-5

 

Winners Advance to US Open National Playoffs – Men’s, Women’s and Mixed Doubles Championships In August to Compete for Wild Card Entry into

2011 US Open Qualifying Tournament

 

Waipio, Hawaii, June 5, 2011 – Angelo Niculescu of Lake Oswego, Oregon and Maureen Diaz of Glendale, California are the men’s and women’s champions, respectively, of the 2011 US Open National Playoffs Hawaii Pacific Sectional Qualifying Tournament, held at Patsy T. Mink Central Oahu Regional Park, June 3-5.

 

It’s been an incredible journey so far,” said Niculescu who beat Anton Samuilau, 6-2, 6-3 in today’s men’s singles final. “In the end, coming out as a winner made a huge difference.”

 

“I felt at some point that I could do this and I expected a good match,” said former Hawaii Pacific University player Anton Samuilau, originally from Belarus.

 

“I get another shot at the playoffs and I’m feeling great,” said Niculescu, of Lake Oswego, Oregon, won the USTA Pacific Northwest Sectional Qualifying Tournament last year and was a top junior growing up in Romania. Niculescu played for the University of South Carolina and now is the head tennis pro in Gresham, Oregon.

 

“I love tennis and feel like I have a couple years left and thought maybe I have a chance to make it to the playoffs,” said 30-year-old Niculescu about deciding to compete again. “I definitely have to put more play in before the playoffs.  This is just the beginning.” 

 

It feels great to come back and win again,” said 29 year-old Diaz about defended her women’s singles champion title.  Diaz defeated Scout Shutter, a 16 year-old, top-ranked junior player from Kailua, 6-1, 6-0. 

 

Diaz was a former University of Southern California standout and 1998 Easter Bowl finalist.  She retired from three years of competing on the Pro Circuit after the playing in US Open National Qualifying tournament at Stanford last August.

 

“I’m still trying to keep up with the game and love it so much that I wanna just keep competing,” said Diaz about deciding to come back for a another try at the US Open. “It would be a dream come true.  It’s my favorite tournament and it would be an honor to play.”

 

Diaz and coach Erik Nelson-Kortland captured the mixed doubles title with a tight win over Samuilau and Sara Dvorak, 7-6(1), 3-6, 10-7.

“Maureen talked me into playing singles and doubles,” said Nelson-Kortland, 32, of Marina del Rey, Califorina, who is a former college player and currently a teaching professional at Riviera Country Club in Glendale.  Nelson-Kortland fell to Samuilau in the men’s quarterfinals and defeated Olympic skier Bode Miller in the first round of the USTA Hawaii-Pacific Sectional Qualifying Tournament last year.

 

With the goal of connecting more people to the US Open and expanding the tournament’s reach to communities throughout the United States, 16 USTA Sections nationwide are hosting sectional qualifying tournaments.

The US Open National Playoffs is a series of tournaments that gives any player 14 years of age or older who meets the eligibility requirements the opportunity to qualify for the 2011 US Open. Sixteen USTA sections will run a Sectional Qualifying Tournament to include a men’s singles, women’s singles and mixed doubles division between April 1 and July 4.

 

With a maximum of a 256 singles draw and a 128 mixed doubles team draw, players/teams will compete in a single elimination draw. The winner of each Sectional Qualifying Tournament in each division (men’s singles, women’s singles, mixed doubles) will advance to the US Open National Playoffs Championships in their respective division taking place in New Haven, CT at Yale University during the New Haven Open at Yale, a WTA event, part of the Olympus US Open Series (August 18-21 for singles, August 24-27 for mixed doubles).

 

The winner of each Singles Championship (1 male, 1 female) will receive a wild card entry to compete in the 2011 US Open Qualifying Tournament (August 23-26) and the winner of the Mixed Doubles Championship (1 team) will receive a wild card entry to compete in the 2011 US Open Mixed Doubles Championship (commencing August 31) at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

 

 

US Open National Playoffs Hawaii Pacific Sectional Qualifying Tournament

Patsy T. Mink Central Oahu Regional Park Tennis Complex

Waipio, Hawaii

Sunday, June 4 – RESULTS

Men’s Singles Finals
Angelo Niculescu def. Anton Samuilau, 6-2, 6-3.


Women’s Singles Finals
Maureen Diaz def. Scout Shutter, 6-1, 6-0.

 

Mixed Doubles Finals

Maureen Diaz and Erik Nelson-Kortland def. Sarah Dvorak and Anton Samuilau, 7-6(1), 3-6, 10-7.

 

 

 

 

 
 
 

Click below for 2011 US Open National Playoffs Hawaii Pacific Sectional Championship: 

Tournament Information
Draws

Competitors

Players competing in the USTA Hawaii-Pacific Sectional Qualifying Tournament include:

• Former doubles No. 32 Mark Keil, 44, of Honolulu, who captured five career ATP doubles titles and defeated Pete Sampras at the Queen’s Club in 1991; Keil also directed and produced a film documenting life behind the scenes for a tour professional titled “The Journeymen”

 

Angelo Niculescu, 30, of Lake Oswego, Ore., who won the USTA Pacific Northwest Sectional Qualifying Tournament last year; a top junior growing up in Romania, Niculescu played for the University of South Carolina and now serves as a head tennis pro in Gresham, Ore.

 

Erik S. Nelson-Kortland, 32, of Marina del Rey, Calif., who defeated Olympic skier Bode Miller in the first round of the USTA Hawaii-Pacific Sectional Qualifying Tournament last year and who played for Sacramento State

 

• Former University of Southern California standout and 1998 Easter Bowl finalist Maureen Diaz, 29, of Glendale, Calif., who won this USTA Midwest Sectional Qualifying Tournament last year and regularly competes on the USTA Pro Circuit

US Open National Playoffs Overview
The US Open National Playoffs is a series of tournaments that gives any player 14 years of age or older who meets the eligibility requirements the opportunity to qualify for the 2011 US Open. Sixteen USTA sections will run a Sectional Qualifying Tournament to include a men’s singles, women’s singles and mixed doubles division between April 1 and July 4. With a maximum of a 256 singles draw and a 128 mixed doubles team draw, players/teams will compete in a single elimination draw. The winner of each Sectional Qualifying Tournament in each division (men’s singles, women’s singles, mixed doubles) will advance to the US Open National Playoffs Championships in their respective division taking place in New Haven, CT at Yale University during the New Haven Open at Yale, a WTA event, part of the Olympus US Open Series (August 18-21 for singles, August 24-27 for mixed doubles). The winner of each Singles Championship (1 male, 1 female) will receive a wild card entry to compete in the 2011 US Open Qualifying Tournament (August 23-26) and the winner of the Mixed Doubles Championship (1 team) will receive a wild card entry to compete in the 2011 US Open Mixed Doubles Championship (commencing August 31) at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.
 
Dates of Play
 
All Sectional Qualifying Tournaments will take place between April 1, 2011 and July 4, 2011 (some exceptions may be granted). Click here for a complete schedule. Be sure to check the tournament’s home page on TennisLink for exact start dates and times.
 
The US Open National Playoffs Championship will take place in New Haven, CT at Yale University during the New Haven Open at Yale (a WTA event / part of the Olympus US Open Series). The Men’s Singles Championship and Women’s Singles Championship will be held August 18-21, 2011 with the Mixed Doubles Championship taking place August 24-27, 2011. Exact start dates and times will be communicated to players in advance.
 
Player Eligibility
 
By nature of the US Open National Playoffs concept, the Sectional Qualifying Tournaments are as inclusive and open as possible with the following guidelines & restrictions in place:
 
• Players must be 14 years of age or older (as of August 29, 2011).
• Open to Amateurs and Professionals.
• U.S. citizenship is not required.
• No domicile restrictions for players.
• A player must be a current USTA member and must maintain his/her membership through and inclusive of August 29, 2011.
• All players must be in good standing with the ITF.
• Able/non-able bodied players may compete alongside one another and shall abide by their respective rules of play.
• A player may only enter and compete in one (1) Sectional Qualifying Tournament during a calendar year in each division; players competing in men’s singles or women’s singles and mixed doubles may opt to compete at different Sectional Qualifying Tournaments (one for singles and one for mixed doubles).
• Participation in the US Open National Playoffs will not impact a player’s ability to secure a 2011 US Open Qualifying Tournament or Main Draw Wild Card or receive a Direct Acceptance into the 2011 US Open Singles Championship or 2011 US Open Mixed Doubles Championship.
 
Draw Size / Seeding / Byes
 
The draw size at each Sectional Qualifying Tournament will be a maximum of 256 for men’s singles, a maximum of 256 for women’s singles and a maximum of 128 for mixed doubles. Tournaments may not cap the draw size below these numbers. All players will compete in a single elimination draw.
 
Within each division, the top two players/teams competing in the Sectional Qualifying Tournament will be seeded using their ATP/WTA computer ranking (if any). In order for a singles player to be seeded, the player must have a ATP/WTA singles ranking. In order for a team to be seeded, both members of the team must have a ATP/WTA doubles ranking. The computer ranking list dated seven days prior to the Monday of the tournament week will be used when determining seeds. If there are not two players/teams with a ATP/WTA ranking, then no players/teams will be seeded. Byes, if any, will be given to the top seed first followed by the second seed. The rest of the byes, if any, will be evenly distributed throughout the draw.
 
The draw size at the Championships will be sixteen in each division. The top four players competing in a Championship will be seeded using their ATP/WTA computer ranking (if any). The computer ranking list dated seven days prior to the Monday of the tournament week will be used when determining seeds. If less than four players/teams with a ATP/WTA computer ranking are competing in a Championship, then only those ranked will be seeded.
 
Match Format
 
All men’s singles and women’s singles matches will be played to the best-of-three tiebreak sets. If the Referee needs to take steps to shorten the tournament (i.e. due to inclement weather, health concerns, or safety concerns) to keep the tournament on schedule, the tournament may switch to any other scoring method (i.e., No-Ad Scoring, 10-Point Match Tiebreak in lieu of final set or Pro Sets) with prior approval by the National Tournament Director or authorized representative. All mixed doubles matches will consist of two tie-break sets, no-ad scoring, with a match tie-break in lieu of a third set (first team to 10 points). At deuce, the male player will serve to the opposing male player and the female player will serve to the opposing female player. The tournament may not switch to any other scoring method for the mixed doubles competition.
 
Surface Type
 
All US Open National Playoffs matches will take place on hard courts. Outdoor courts are preferred although indoor courts may be used at the tournament’s discretion.
 
USTA Membership Requirement
 
All players competing in a Sectional Qualifying Tournament must be current members of the USTA and their membership must be valid through 8/29/11. Players will be required to submit their USTA Membership Number during the online registration process for the tournament. Players who need a USTA membership or need to renew their existing membership will be directed to do so during the online registration process for the tournament. Adult players (i.e., participants 19 years of age and older) will be offered a one-year Special Rate Adult membership for $30.00. Youth players (i.e., participants age 18 and younger) will be offered a one-year Special Rate Junior membership for $19.00. New/renewed memberships will be valid for one (1) year from the date of submission. Players may compete in any Sectional Qualifying Tournament regardless of their membership section.
 
Entry Fee
 
The entry fee for players competing in a Sectional Qualifying Tournament will be as follows:
 
• Men’s Singles Only = $125.00 per player
• Women’s Singles Only = $125.00 per player
• Mixed Doubles Only = $150.00 per team ($75.00 per player)
• Mixed Doubles & Men’s Singles = $200.00 per player
• Mixed Doubles & Women’s Singles = $200.00 per player
 
The entry fees do not include a processing fee. For players competing in mixed doubles, it will be the responsibility of one of the team members to register and pay for both players during the online registration process. A player’s entry fee will only be processed if he/she is accepted into the tournament.
 
Entry Process
 
Entry for each Sectional Qualifying Tournament must be completed online through TennisLink at www.usta.com/TennisLink prior to the entry close date. Entry will be open for all Sectional Qualifying Tournaments on March 15, 2011 (no exceptions) and closed no later than ten days prior to the start of the tournament. Late entries will not be permitted after the entry close date under any circumstances and no alternates will be allowed (even to replace withdrawals). Click on one of the USTA sections under Sectional Qualifying Tournaments on the main page for information on their tournament and a direct link to register.
 
The Tournament Director will run a "Lottery Selection Process" via TennisLink within 24 hours after the entry close date which will automatically accept all entries if the total number of entries into the Sectional Qualifying Tournament is less than or equal to 256 for men’s singles, less than or equal to 256 for women’s singles, and less than or equal to 128 for mixed doubles. If the total number of entries into the Sectional Qualifying Tournament is greater than the above, then the "Lottery Selection Process" will automatically determine accepted entries at random. Entries will not be refused on the basis of race, creed, sexual orientation, color, or national origin. All players accepted into the Sectional Qualifying Tournament will receive an email notification via TennisLink indicating as such and will be posted on the tournament’s home page once the "Lottery Selection Process" is run. All players not accepted into the Sectional Qualifying Tournament will receive an email notification via TennisLink indicating as such once the "Lottery Selection Process" is run.
 
All players are required to complete a "US Open National Playoffs Player Release and Consent Form" prior to the player’s first match. The release will be posted for download on the tournament’s home page on TennisLink as a PDF file. Players will be asked for this form upon check-in at the tournament.
 
Entry Restrictions
 
Players are only allowed to enter and compete in one Sectional Qualifying Tournament during a calendar year in each division. Players competing in men’s singles or women’s singles and mixed doubles may opt to compete at different Sectional Qualifying Tournaments (one for men’s singles or women’s singles and one for mixed doubles).
 
Players competing in mixed doubles must play with the same partner for all matches they are eligible to compete in as part of the US Open National Playoffs (i.e., Sectional Qualifying Tournament, Mixed Doubles Championship, US Open Mixed Doubles Championship) and no substitutions shall be allowed under any circumstances after the entry close date. Prior to the entry close date, players may change partners via TennisLink.
 
If a player is not accepted in a Sectional Qualifying Tournament once the "Lottery Selection Process" is run, then the player will have the ability to enter another Sectional Qualifying Tournament that still has open registration (if any). If a player withdraws online from a previously entered Sectional Qualifying Tournament prior to the entry close date, then the player will have the ability to enter another Sectional Qualifying Tournament that still has open registration (if any). If a player withdraws from a previously entered Sectional Qualifying Tournament after the entry close date, then the player will not have the ability to enter another Sectional Qualifying Tournament that still has open registration (if any).
 
Player Withdrawal / Alternates
 
A player may withdraw online before the entry close date without penalty as a player’s entry fee will only be processed once the "Lottery Selection Process" is run through TennisLink and he/she is accepted into the tournament. A player may not withdraw online after the entry close date. If a player withdraws after the entry close date by contacting the Tournament Director, he/she is not entitled to receive a refund; however, such a decision will be at the Tournament Director’s discretion. A player should not withdraw from a Sectional Qualifying Tournament except for illness, injury, personal circumstance, or previously authorized entry into another tournament. If a seeded player/team withdraws more than 24 hours prior to the start of the first match of the tournament, the player/team who would have been seeded next will be placed on the vacated line and that player’s/team’s original line will become a bye. If a seeded player/team withdraws less than 24 hours prior to the start of the first match of the tournament, it will result in a walkover.
 
Making the Draw
 
The draw will be conducted by the Tournament Director or authorized representative in consultation with the Tournament Referee. Since late entries are not permitted, the draw should be conducted within 24 hours of running the "Lottery Selection Process" but no later than two days prior to the start of the tournament. Once the seeds and byes have been designated (if any), the draw will be uploaded to TennisLink and posted on the tournament’s home page. A player may submit a request to the Tournament Director for special scheduling before the draw is made; however, such requests will be granted at the Tournament Director’s discretion.
 
Match Officials / Ballpersons
 
The regulations for the US Open National Playoffs are The Rules of Tennis as published by the International Tennis Federation (ITF Rules of Tennis). Early rounds of each Sectional Qualifying Tournament will be player-officiated with a minimum of one Roving Umpire for every three courts in use plus one Tournament Referee or one Tournament Deputy Referee present at all times while matches are in progress to handle player disputes. Players will follow The Code in all player-officiated matches (first round through quarterfinals). Each semifinal and final match will be officiated by a Chair Umpire plus five Line Umpires. All matches at the Championships will be officiated by a Chair Umpire plus five Line Umpires. The USTA reserves the right to determine if electronic review will be used at the Championships. Electronic review will not be used at any Sectional Qualifying Tournament.
 
Role of Court Officials
 
In matches where a Chair Umpire is assigned, the Chair Umpire will be the final authority on all questions of fact during the match. The players have the right to call the Referee or Deputy Referee to court if they disagree with a Chair Umpire’s interpretation of tennis law. In matches where Line Umpires are assigned, they make all calls relating to that line. The Chair Umpire has the right to overrule a Line Umpire if the Chair Umpire is certain that a clear mistake has been made. The Chair Umpire is responsible for calling any line or net where no Line Umpire is assigned.
  
Ballpersons
 
The use of ballpersons at each Sectional Qualifying Tournament will be at the tournament’s discretion. Ballpersons will be used for all matches played at the Championships.
 
Clothing / Shoe Restrictions
 
The Tournament Director or Tournament Referee will determine any reasonable restrictions related to clothing and/or shoes for their Sectional Qualifying Tournament; however, shirts must be worn by players at all times while matches are in progress and players must wear non-marking tennis shoes. Any additional restrictions will be communicated by the Tournament Director or Tournament Referee to all players in advance of their participation. Players who compete in the Championships will abide by all US Open clothing/shoe restrictions. These restrictions will be communicated by the Tournament Director to all players in advance of their participation.
 
Match Rest Periods
 
Players shall adhere to continuous play, 20 seconds between points and 90 seconds for a changeover. At the end of each set, there will be a set break of 120 seconds. The minimum rest between matches will be 60 minutes if a match lasts less than 90 minutes or 90 minutes if a match lasts more than 90 minutes; either of which may be extended by the Tournament Referee at his/her discretion. No player will play more than three matches per day, a maximum of two of which may be singles. A player may play two singles matches and one mixed doubles match per day or one singles match and two mixed doubles matches per day. A match should neither start nor a suspended match resume before 8 a.m. or after 10 p.m.
 
Ball Type / Ball Policy
 
Wilson will be the official ball of the US Open National Playoffs. The number of balls for play at each Sectional Qualifying Tournament match is four. For the early rounds (first round through quarterfinals), ball changes will only take place if the match goes to a third set, in which case four new balls will be used. Ball changes during each semifinal and final match will be at nine and eleven. Players are not guaranteed balls for practice.
 
Prize Money / Awards
 
Given the amateur status and/or age of players eligible to compete in the US Open National Playoffs, prize money will not be awarded at any Sectional Qualifying Tournament or at the Championships. The winner of each Sectional Qualifying Tournament will receive an invitation to compete in their respective Championship. Should the winner of a Sectional Qualifying Tournament elect not to compete in the Championships for any reason, the runner-up of the respective Sectional Qualifying Tournament will be invited to attend. Should the runner-up elect not to compete in the Championships for any reason, the tournament will waive their Sectional Qualifying Tournament spot in the respective Championship. Sectional Qualifying Tournament winners who choose not to compete in their respective Championship will be disqualified from competing in any Sectional Qualifying Tournament the following year. There will be no additional entry fee required for the Championships. All players competing in the Championships will be responsible for all costs and expenses associated with their participation (e.g., travel, accommodations, meals, etc.).
 
The winner of each Singles Championship (1 male, 1 female) will receive a wild card entry to compete in the 2011 US Open Qualifying Tournament (August 23-26) and the winner of the Mixed Doubles Championship (1 team) will receive a wild card entry to compete in the 2011 US Open Mixed Doubles Championship (commencing August 31) at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Should the winner of a Championship elect not to compete in the US Open Qualifying Tournament or US Open Mixed Doubles Championship for any reason, the runner-up will be invited to compete. Should the runner-up elect not to compete for any reason, then the winner of the playoff match for third place will be invited to compete. Should the third place finisher elect not to compete for any reason, then the fourth place finisher will be invited to compete. Should the fourth place finisher elect not to compete for any reason, the designated wild card will be used at the USTA’s sole and absolute discretion. All players who accept a wild card entry into the US Open Qualifying Tournament or US Open Mixed Doubles Championship will be responsible for all costs and expenses associated with their participation (e.g., travel, accommodations, meals, etc.). Anyone competing at the 2011 US Open must sign a standard entry form before being allowed to compete.
 
Accommodations
 
It is at the tournament’s discretion if they wish to provide accommodation options and/or reduced hotel rates for players. Such information should be posted via the tournament’s home page on TennisLink.
 
Anti-Gambling
 
All players competing in the US Open National Playoffs and individuals associated with the operation and/or management of the US Open National Playoffs must refrain from participating in or aiding and abetting, directly or indirectly, any form of gambling or betting on the outcome of any tennis match staged in connection with any professional tennis event, including but not limited to all events associated with the US Open National Playoffs and other USTA events.
 
Anti-Doping
 
The USTA believes that the use of illegal drugs is inconsistent with and contrary to the best interests of the sport. While the USTA is committed to ensuring a fair and drug-free competition, drug testing will not be required or administered at any Sectional Qualifying Tournament. Players and Tournament Officials participating in the Championships may be required to undergo drug testing. Players who receive a wild card entry into the US Open Qualifying Tournament or US Open Mixed Doubles Championship through the US Open National Playoffs may be required to undergo drug testing either as a result of governmental or other binding regulations imposed upon the event, or as a result of a drug testing program that is approved and applicable to all players competing in the 2011 US Open.
 

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