Special playoffs for US Open tennis will be held during Bank of the West Classic


The Bank of the West Classic will host the first-ever US Open National Playoffs as 16 women vie for a wild-card entry into the 2010 US Open qualifying draw during next week's Bank of the West Classic.

The US Open National Playoffs began with 16 sectional qualifying tournaments held throughout the country from April through June. In all, 373 women competed in hopes of making it to the final 16 at Stanford.

No player will be entering the 16-player playoff with more professional experience than 33-year-old Alina Jidkova, a Russian immigrant who won the Texas Sectional Qualifying. Jidkova's professional résumé includes appearances in all four grand slams and a win over Serena Williams.

Other favorites will be LSU's only three-time singles All-American Megan Falcon, Southern California's Kaitlyn Christian, and former top-100 local-favorite Romana Tedjakusuma from Tracy.

The Women's Championships will be held July 28-August 1, at The Taube Family Tennis Stadium during the Bank of the West Classic. The final will take place Sunday, August 1 following the women's Bank of the West doubles final and will be broadcast live on Tennis Channel.

In addition, Tennis Channel will air a one-hour documentary highlighting the inaugural year of the US Open National Playoffs.

Tickets for the 2010 Bank of the West Classic can be purchased by calling the box office at 866-WTA-TIXS (866-982-8497) or by logging on to Single-session tickets for the tournament's opening round start at just $26.

The 2010 Bank of the West Classic will feature a 30-player singles draw and 16-team doubles draw. The official tournament draw, and first round match-ups, will be announced on Saturday, July 24.

-- Palo Alto Online Sports

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