Jesse Witten Makes It Into U.S. Open Qualifiers

LEXINGTON, Ky. – University of Kentucky men’s tennis great Jesse Witten has earned a spot in the qualifying tournament for the 2015 U.S. Open that starts next week, thanks to winning the U.S. Open National Playoffs at 32 years old.

The US Open National Playoffs were held Aug. 21-24, in New Haven, Conn., featuring regional winners from USTA sections across the country. The tournament was played in conjunction with the Connecticut Open presented by United Technologies, the final Emirates Airline US Open Series women’s event of the summer.

Witten was able to fend off top seed Matija Pecotic of Croatia 7-6(4), 7-6(3) on Monday to earn a wild card into the US Open Qualifying Tournament. In the first round of the US Open qualifying Witten will face No. 18 seed John-Patrick Smith of Australia.

The 2015 US Open Singles Qualifying Tournament begins tomorrow and ends on Aug. 28. It will be held at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y., at the home of the US Open. Qualifying draws are posted on

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