US Open Qualifying ... Day One Story ...

FLUSHING MEADOWS, N.Y. -- Jack Brasington of Miami endured one of the
longest tie-breaks in the history of the US Open to defeat Japan's Gouichi
Motomura 6-7 (5), 6-3, 7-6 (14) in the first round of the 2001 US Open
qualifying tournament Tuesday at the USTA National Tennis Center.
Brasington, 24, fought off four match points before converting on his
seventh match point opportunity to close out a thirty-point final set
tie-break. Brasington, a former University of Texas standout, held match
points in the final set tie break at 6-5, 8-7, 9-8, 11-10 and 13-12, before
converting at 15-14. Motomura held match points leading 7-6, 10-9, 12-11 and

The longest tie-break in US Open history was played in 1993 when Goran
Ivanisevic defeated Daniel Nestor 20-18 in the third set of their first
round match.

In other qualifying matches Tuesday, Vince Spadea, ranked as high No. 20 in
1999 and a member of the 2000 US Olympic and Davis Cup teams, came back from
a set down and from a service break down in the final set to advance into
the second round of qualifying with a 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 over Stefano Pescosolido
of Italy. Spadea, now ranked 174, set an ATP record with 21 consecutive
defeats during the 1999 and 2000 seasons, but is now trying to find his form
that enabled him to reach the Australian Open quarterfinals in 1999.

"I'm staying faithful to what I know and matches like this will help me get
back to where I need to be," said Spadea, 27. "The US Open is a great
tournament to be in and I'm glad I'm here. There are a lot of great players
that can help me raise my game."

In other action, 16-year-old Cory-Ann Avants of Gastonia, N.C., a wild-card
entrant into the qualifying, upset No. 2 seed Lobomira Bacheva of Bulgaria.
Avants, ranked No. 456 in the Sanex WTA Tour rankings, became ill on court
leading 3-2 in the final set, but like Pete Sampras against Alex Corretja in
his famous 1996 US Open quarterfinal, was able to pull out the victory.

Question and Answer Session with other US Open Qualifying Participants

Jack Brasington, defeated Gouichi Motomura of Japan
Q. What were your goals coming into the Open qualifying?
A. Just looking to qualify but you have to take it one match at a time. I
thought well and smart and I had a good strategy, didn't know much about my
opponent but I'm moving on.
Q. What do you think your chances are of getting into the main draw?
A. I seriously don't know much about Delgado or the guys in my half but I
will ask around and try to find out. I just have to keep the focus on me.

36-year-old Ronald Agenor of Haiti, who defeated Frantisek Cermak of the
Czech Republic
Q. What would you attribute your longevity to?
Mental Toughness, that's the strength of my game.
Q. How much longer do you see yourself grinding out there?
A. As long as my body hold up. I am currently coaching a couple of players
in California as I see myself in that capacity once I'm finished playing.
Q. What are your goals here at the Open?
A. Well, for the last three years I've been so close to getting in. I
think in the past my preparation has not been that good, so I played more
hardcourt tournaments this year in hope of being more prepared.

Kournikova, Pierce, Garbin Withdraw US Open

Russian teen-ager Anna Kournikova pulled out of the U.S. Open Tennis Championships due to a lingering stress fracture in her right foot, the USTA announced on Monday.

Kournikova had been awarded the 19th seed earlier on Monday. The No. 20 through No. 32 seeds will move up a place and Cristina Torrens Valero of Spain will become the 32nd seed.

Kournikova, who has used her glamorous looks to become one of the most popular players on the WTA Tour, suffered the injury during a practice session in late February and only has played one match since. After receiving a first-round bye at the Acura Classic in San Diego last month, she lost in three sets to Nicole Pratt of the United States.

Despite her success in landing endorsement deals, Kournikova has not translated that success to the tennis court. She has played 86 career events without capturing a singles title.

In four appearances at the U.S. Open, Kournikova has reached the fourth round twice, 1996 and 1998, but suffered a third-round loss to Belgian Justine Henin at Flushing Meadows last year.

France's Mary Pierce and Tathiana Garbin of Italy have withdrawn from the U.S. Open with injuries.

Pierce pulled out because of problems with her lower back. Pierce, the 2000 French Open champion, has reached the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open twice, in 1994 and 1999.

Garbin has a herniated disc. She was hurt at the Classic in Manhattan Beach, Calif. Her best result in the U.S. Open came last year, when she reached the third round.

Two stars withdrew from the men's competition Friday -- Dutchman Richard Krajicek and Swede Magnus Norman.

2001 US Open Men's Singles Qualifying Draw

* Note that two original wild-card entrants - Brandon Hawk and Kristian
Capalik - were direct entries into the qualifying field. Thus, KJ
Hippensteel and Ytai Abougzir were awarded wild cards into the qualifying

1. David Nalbandian ARG (1)
2. Gabriel Trifu ROM
3. Zbynek Mlynarik AUT
4. Ladislav Svarc SVK
5. Stefano Pescosolido ITA
6. Vincent Spadea USA
7. wc:Brian Vahaly USA
8. Noam Behr ISR (28)
9. Adrian Voinea ROM (2)
10. Ignacio Hirigoyen ARG
11. Razvan Sabau ROM
12. Takahiro Terachi JPN
13. Bjorn Phau GER
14. wc:Phillip King USA
15. Lior Mor ISR
16. Marc-Kevin Goellner GER (31)
17. Sargis Sargsian ARM (3)
18. Barry Cowan GBR
19. Stephane Huet FRA
20. Tuomas Ketola FIN
21. Oleg Ogorodov UZB
22. Werner Eschauer AUT
23. Ivan Vajda CRO
24. Ivo Heuberger SUI (19)
25. Neville Godwin RSA (4)
26. Ivo Karlovic CRO
27. wc:Mike Bryan USA
28. Jaymon Crabb AUS
29. Filippo Messori ITA
30. Jan Frode Andersen NOR
31. Diego Veronelli ARG
32. Christian Vinck GER (27)
33. Cecil Mamiit USA (5)
34. Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi PAK
35. Eric Taino USA
36. Alexander Waske GER
37. Tapio Nurminen FIN
38. Ricardo Mello BRA
39. Kevin Kim USA
40. Ota Fukarek CZE (18)
41. Jan Vacek CZE (6)
42. Stefano Galvani ITA
43. wc:Alex Kim USA
44. Danai Udomchoke THA
45. Richard Fromberg AUS
46. Yong-Il Yoon KOR
47. Takao Suzuki JPN
48. Noam Okun ISR (29)
49. Andre Sa BRA (7)
50. Jean-Francois Bachelot FRA
51. Nenad Zimonjic YUG
52. Lior Dahan ISR
53. Yuri Schukin RUS
54. Jan Kroslak SVK
55. Marcos Ondruska RSA
56. Julian Knowle AUT (26)
57. Michael Llodra FRA (8)
58. wc:Kj Hippensteel USA
59. Michael Joyce USA
60. Tomas Cakl CZE
61. Vadim Kutsenko UZB
62. Andy Ram ISR
63. Sebastien Lareau CAN
64. Cyril Saulnier FRA (23)
65. Federico Luzzi ITA (9)
66. Fredrik Jonsson SWE
67. Sebastien De Chaunac FRA
68. Robin Vik CZE
69. Jan Hernych CZE
70. Mariano Delfino ARG
71. Alejandro Hernandez MEX
72. Flavio Saretta BRA (20)
73. George Bastl SUI (10)
74. Glenn Weiner USA
75. Yaoki Ishii JPN
76. Gregory Carraz FRA
77. Tomas Zib CZE
78. wc:Brian Baker USA
79. Jeff Salzenstein USA
80. Tomas Behrend GER (24)
81. Ramon Delgado PAR (11)
82. Denis Golovanov RUS
83. Giorgio Galimberti ITA
84. Martin Rodriguez ARG
85. Emilio Benfele Alvarez ESP
86. Lorenzo Manta SUI
87. Justin Bower RSA
88. Jarkko Nieminen FIN (25)
89. Jamie Delgado GBR (12)
90. Suwandi Suwandi INA
91. Gouichi Motomura JPN
92. Jack Brasington USA
93. Ronald Agenor HAI
94. Frantisek Cermak CZE
95. Paul-Henri Mathieu FRA
96. Axel Pretzsch GER (22)
97. Paradorn Srichaphan THA (13)
98. Daniel Melo BRA
99. Vincenzo Santopadre ITA
100. Gilles Elseneer BEL
101. Robert Kendrick USA
102. Todd Woodbridge AUS
103. Frederic Niemeyer CAN
104. Nicolas Coutelot FRA (32)
105. Oliver Gross GER (14)
106. Brandon Hawk USA
107. Cedric Kauffmann FRA
108. Cristiano Caratti ITA
109. Dmitry Tursunov RUS
110. wc:Rajeev Ram USA
111. Arvind Parmar GBR
112. Byron Black ZIM (21)
113. Peter Wessels NED (15)
114. Jeff Morrison USA
115. Alexander Popp GER
116. Mose Navarra ITA
117. wc:Ytai Abougzir USA
118. Justin Gimelstob USA
119. Leonardo Azzaro ITA
120. Nicolas Thomann FRA (17)
121. Wayne Black ZIM (16)
122. Kristian Capalik USA
123. Rogier Wassen NED
124. Fernando Gonzalez CHI
125. John van Lottum NED
126. Artem Derepasko RUS
127. wc:Zack Fleishman USA
128. Paul Goldstein USA (30)


1. Adriana Gersi CZE (1)
2. Marie-Eve Pelletier CAN
3. Katalin Marosi-Aracama HUN
4. Dragana Zaric YUG
5. Tatiana Kovalchuk UKR
6. Annabel Ellwood AUS
7. Maureen Drake CAN
8. Maja Palaversic Cprsmith CRO (18)
9. Lubomira Bacheva BUL (2)
10. wc:Cory Ann Avants USA
11. Giulia Casoni ITA
12. Francesca Lubiani ITA
13. wc:Carly Gullikson USA
14. Evelyn Fauth AUT
15. Mirjana Lucic CRO
16. Klara Koukalova CZE (25)
17. Marie-Gaiane Mikaelian SUI (3)
18. Sandra Kloesel GER
19. Tracy Almeda-Singian USA
20. Renata Kolbovic CAN
21. Jane Chi USA
22. Joana Cortez BRA
23. Angelika Roesch GER
24. Irina Selyutina KAZ (21)
25. Martina Muller GER (4)
26. Anousjka Van Exel NED
27. wc:Ally Baker USA
28. Bahia Mouhtassine MAR
29. Evgenia Koulikovskaya RUS
30. Vanessa Henke GER
31. Adriana Barna GER
32. Yuka Yoshida JPN (28)
33. Eleni Daniilidou GRE (5)
34. Michaela Pastikova CZE
35. Nadejda Ostrovskaya BLR
36. Rachel Viollet GBR
37. Zuzana Ondraskova CZE
38. Laurence Courtois BEL
39. Mia Buric GER
40. Rika Fujiwara JPN (27)
41. Greta Arn GER (6)
42. Sophie Georges FRA
43. Marion Maruska AUT
44. Nathalie Vierin ITA
45. Laurence Andretto FRA
46. Adrienn Hegedus HUN
47. Barbara Schwartz AUT
48. Dawn Buth USA (23)
49. Seda Noorlander NED (7)
50. Erika De Lone USA
51. wc:Jamea Jackson USA
52. Lourdes Dominguez Lino ESP
53. Lisa Mcshea AUS
54. Tatiana Perebiynis UKR
55. Bryanne Stewart AUS
56. Sylvia Plischke AUT (20)
57. Alina Jidkova RUS (8)
58. Tina Hergold SLO
59. Nina Dubbers GER
60. wc:Diana Ospina USA
61. Camille Pin FRA
62. Sabine Klaschka GER
63. Elena Baltacha GBR
64. Alena Vaskova CZE (17)
65. Katarina Srebotnik SLO (9)
66. Svetlana Krivencheva BUL
67. Lucie Ahl GBR
68. Kyra Nagy HUN
69. Hila Rosen ISR
70. Els Callens BEL
71. Dally Randriantefy MAD
72. Miriam Schnitzer GER (22)
73. Celine Beigbeder FRA (10)
74. Tzipora Obziler ISR
75. Eva Dyrberg DEN
76. Angelika Bachmann GER
77. Claudine Schaul LUX
78. wc:Sunitha Rao USA
79. Milagros Sequera VEN
80. Jana Nejedly CAN (19)
81. Sandra Kleinova CZE (11)
82. Nana Miyagi JPN
83. Hannah Collin GBR
84. Maret Ani EST
85. Patricia Wartusch AUT
86. Christina Wheeler AUS
87. Sarah Pitkowski-Malcor FRA
88. Amanda Hopmans NED (32)
89. Jelena Kostanic CRO (12)
90. Sonya Jeyaseelan CAN
91. Lenka Dlhopolcova SVK
92. Antoaneta Pandjerova BUL
93. Antonella Serra-Zanetti ITA
94. Gabriela Volekova SVK
95. Sandra Nacuk YUG
96. Kristie Boogert NED (26)
97. Clarisa Fernandez ARG (13)
98. Stephanie Foretz FRA
99. Dessislava Topalova BUL
100. Eva Martincova CZE
101. Daniela Olivera URU
102. Gloria Pizzichini ITA
103. Gisela Riera ESP
104. Holly Parkinson USA (24)
105. Maria Vento-Kabchi VEN (14)
106. Eva Krejcova CZE
107. Valentina Sassi ITA
108. Ainhoa Goni ESP
109. wc:Megan Bradley USA
110. Yoon Jeong Cho KOR
111. Jana Hlavackova CZE
112. Vanessa Webb CAN (30)
113. Lenka Nemeckova CZE (15)
114. Julie Pullin GBR
115. wc:Kristina Kraszewski USA
116. Julia Vakulenko UKR
117. Elena Tatarkova UKR
118. Roberta Vinci ITA
119. Lea Ghirardi FRA
120. Tara Snyder USA (31)
121. Saori Obata JPN (16)
122. Mashona Washington USA
123. Conchita Martinez Granados ESP
124. Samantha Reeves USA
125. Nirupama Vaidyanathan IND
126. Anastassia Rodionova RUS
127. wc:Alyssa Cohen USA
128. Alexandra Fusai FRA (29)

US Open Seeds Top 32 Players For First Time Ever


WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., August 20, 2001 - The United States Tennis Association
today announced that Gustavo Kuerten of Brazil and Andre Agassi of Las Vegas
will be seeded No. 1 and No. 2, respectively on the men's side, while
Martina Hingis of Switzerland and Jennifer Capriati of Wesley Chapel,
Florida, will be seeded No. 1 and No. 2, respectively on the women's side,
for the 2001 US Open Tennis Championships.

For the first time at the US Open, 32 players will be seeded, representing
25% of the players in the 128-player singles main draw. The change in
number of seeds was firmly supported by the USTA and adopted by the Grand
Slams earlier this year. The 32 seeds better reflects the depth of the
men's and the women's games, while rewarding the top players for their
performance over the past 52 weeks.

For 2001, the US Open will continue the past practice of following the ATP
Entry System Points (ESP) and WTA Tour rankings, respectively, when
determining the seeds for the men's and women's singles draws. For future
years, the Grand Slams will continue to pursue and evaluate a consistent,
objective surface-based system to determine exact seeding positions.

Kuerten, 24, is seeded No. 1 at the US Open for the first time in his
career. He won the singles title at Roland Garros for a third time in June,
defeating Alex Corretja of Spain in the final. Kuerten's best showing at
Flushing Meadows came in 1999 when he reached the quarterfinals.

Agassi, 31, will be seeking his third US Open title after winning
championships in 1994 and 1999. Agassi won his third Australian Open singles
title in January, defeating Arnaud Clement in the final. He won his first US
Open title in 1994 as an unseeded player.

Hingis, 20, is seeded No. 1 at the US Open for a fourth straight year. She
won her only US Open singles title to date in 1997, defeating Venus Williams
in the final. Hingis was a finalist at the Australian Open in January and
won her last Grand Slam singles title at the 1999 Australian Open.

Capriati, 25, is seeded No. 2 at the US Open for the first time in her
career - her highest seeding in nine previous appearances. Her best US Open
showing came in 1991 as a 15-year-old when she reached the semifinals,
losing to Monica Seles.

The complete men's and women's seedings are as follows:

1. Gustavo Kuerten - Brazil 1. Martina Hingis -
2. Andre Agassi - United States 2. Jennifer Capriati - United States
3. Marat Safin - Russia 3. Lindsay Davenport - United States
4. Lleyton Hewitt - Australia 4. Venus Williams - United
5. Juan Carlos Ferrero - Spain 5. Kim Clijsters - Belgium
6. Patrick Rafter - Australia 6. Justine Henin - Belgium
7. Yevgeny Kafelnikov - Russia 7. Monica Seles - United States
8. Sebastien Grosjean - France 8. Amelie Mauresmo - France
9. Tim Henman - Great Britain 9. Nathalie Tauziat - France
10. Pete Sampras - United States 10. Serena Williams - United
11. Alex Corretja - Spain 11. Elena Dementieva -
12. Arnaud Clement - France 12. Meghann Shaughnessy - United
13. Roger Federer - Switzerland 13. Amanda Coetzer - South Africa
14. Thomas Johansson - Sweden 14. Jelena Dokic - Yugoslavia
15. Goran Ivanisevic - Croatia 15. Magdalena Maleeva - Bulgaria
16. Tommy Haas - Germany 16. Silvia Farina Elia -
17. Carlos Moya - Spain 17. Anke Huber - Germany
18. Andy Roddick - United States 18. Sandrine Testud - France
19. Thomas Enqvist - Sweden 19. Anna Kournikova - Russia
20. Jan-Michael Gambill - United States 20. Barbara Schett - Austria
21. Fabrice Santoro - France 21. Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario
- Spain
22. Andrei Pavel - Romania 22. Conchita Martinez -
23. Dominik Hrbaty - Slovak Republic 23. Elena Likhovtseva - Russia
24. Sjeng Schalken - Netherlands 24. Iroda Tulyaganova -
25. Albert Portas - Spain 25. Magui Serna - Spain
26. Nicolas Lapentti - Ecuador 26. Paola Suarez - Argentina
27. Guillermo Canas - Argentina 27. Henrieta Nagyova - Slovak
28. Hicham Arazi - Morocco 28. Tamarine Tanasugarn -
29. Nicolas Kiefer - Germany 29. Angeles Montolio - Spain
30. Greg Rusedski -Great Britain 30. Chanda Rubin - United
31. Nicolas Escude - France 31. Amy Frazier - United
32. Guillermo Coria - Argentina 32. Lisa Raymond - United States

Main draw play begins Monday, August 27 and concludes Sunday, September 9 at the USTA National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Flushing, N.Y. The US Open qualifying tournament will run from August 21-25.


World's largest-attended annual sporting event partners with
largest European Sports Channel

White Plains, NY August 17, 2001 -- The USTA today announced a multiyear
agreement with sports media giant Eurosport for the European rights to the
US Open, beginning in 2001. The agreement includes live and taped action of
the US Open, anthology programming, classic matches and specially produced
news segments both during and around the event. The deal was brokered by the
USTA's international television partner Clear Channel Entertainment
Television. The 2001 US Open will be held at the USTA National Tennis Center
in Flushing Meadows, New York from August 27- September 9.

"This partnership will more widely expose the excitement and drama of the US
Open to the largest, most diverse European fan base possible," said Arlen
Kantarian, Chief Executive Professional Tennis, USTA. "We are very pleased
to unite one of the world's great sports and entertainment events with one
of the world's most innovative sports media companies."

"This is a major rights acquisition for Eurosport, helping to cement our
position as the Grand Slam Channel of Tennis," said Guillaume Canard
Duchene, managing director of Eurosport TV Inc. "By signing a four year
deal, we are showing our commitment to the event to both our viewers and

"We are delighted that Europe's premier sports network, Eurosport, will
broadcast the US Open, and we are thrilled to be working with them to
deliver this coverage," said Mike Trager, Chairman of Clear Channel
Entertainment Television. "Eurosport has a tradition of outstanding tennis
coverage and this new agreement will benefit tennis fans throughout Europe."

This partnership will give the US Open greater exposure, increased on-air
promotional opportunities, and more consistent news coverage in Europe than
ever before. In addition to its primary coverage, Eurosport will sub-license
individual matches to major terrestrial broadcasters on a country by country
basis and generate additional exposure through coverage on Eurosport's
digital sports news channel EUROSPORTNEWS.

The US Open is coming off a record television year in 2000, with 165
countries worldwide viewing over 30,000 cumulative hours of coverage
throughout the two weeks of the event.

This new European television agreement continues an aggressive growth track
for tennis and the USTA. The announcement comes on the heels of several
other landmark USTA initiatives, ranging from a record purse of $15.8
million dollars to the first-ever Prime Time Scheduling of the 2001 Women's
Singles Championship. The US Open is the largest-attended annual sporting
event in the world, with attendance in 2000 reaching 604,000. A recent
Economic Impact Study revealed that the 2000 US Open brought over $420
million into the economy of the City of New York, more than any other single
event in any city in the United States.

Eurosport is the top sports channel in Europe, with over 250 million viewers
(92 million homes) in 54 countries. Events are transmitted in 17 major
European languages and broadcast via the major European satellites on the
basic programming tier of cable networks, and on 13 digital platforms in the
UK, Nordic Countries, France, Spain, Italy, Poland, Portugal and Russia. It
is the leading pan-European channel in terms of ratings, with an average
cumulative reach of over 18.5 million viewers every day. Eurosport also has
the rights to the French Open and the Australian Open, as well as being the
European television partner for the SANEX WTA TOUR.

Clear Channel Entertainment, the world's largest producer and marketer of
live entertainment events, is a subsidiary of Clear Channel Worldwide (NYSE:
CCU), a global leader in the out-of-home advertising industry. Clear
Channel Entertainment currently owns, operates and/or exclusively books 135
live entertainment venues, including 44 amphitheaters in the U.S. and 28
venues in Europe. Each year, more than 62 million people attend
approximately 26,000 events promoted and/or produced by the company,
including: Live music events; Broadway, West End and touring theatrical
shows; family entertainment shows; and specialized sports and motor sports
shows. In addition, Clear Channel Entertainment owns leading talent
management businesses that specialize in the representation of athletes and
broadcasters, including independently operated baseball, basketball and
football businesses. Clear Channel Entertainment is headquartered in New
York City.


Second Largest Draw, Fifth-Biggest Purse in America Begins Tuesday

(WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., August 16, 2001) - One of the best values in
professional sports in the New York Area, the 2001 US Open Qualifying
Tournament, will take place at the USTA National Tennis Center at Flushing
Meadow - Corona Park, Flushing, N.Y., Aug. 21-25. The public is invited to
attend, free-of-charge.

The US Open qualifying tournament, consisting of 128-player men's and
women's singles draws, determines the 16 men and 16 women who earn the final
berths into the 128-player men's and women's main draws of the US Open
Tennis Championships. In addition, 16 men's and women's doubles teams will
vie for four places in the doubles draws. The US Open qualifying tournament
offers a purse of over $1.35 million, the fifth-largest pay-out of any
tennis event in the United States.

The qualifying competition features players whose rankings did not earn them
direct acceptance into the main draw of the US Open. The event has been the
"launching pad" for the careers of players from Anna Kournikova and Jim
Courier to Steffi Graf and Patrick Rafter. Among the players expected to
participate this year are Andrei Medvedev of Ukraine, 1999 French Open men's
singles finalist, Karol Kucera of the Slovak Republic, a former top 10
player and 1998 US Open quarterfinalist, Todd Woodbridge, owner of 12 Grand
Slam doubles titles; Mirjana Lucic, a 1998 Wimbledon semifinalist; and
Kristie Boogert of the Netherlands, the 2000 Olympic silver medalist in
women's doubles.

The US Open qualifying tournament will also be a showcase for up-and-coming
American talent including 15-year-olds Brian Baker of Nashville, Tenn., and
Ally Baker of Raleigh, N.C. Veteran American players Justin Gimelstob of
Morristown, N.J., and Paul Goldstein of Rockville, Md., - both attempting to
find their form after recovering from recent injuries, are also expected to
compete in the qualifying tournament.

US OPEN QUALIFYING SCHEDULE Tuesday, August 21, 11 a.m. - men's and women's
singles first round
Wednesday, August 22, 11 a.m. - men's and women's singles first round
Thursday, August 23, 11 a.m. - men's and women's singles second round
Friday, August 24, 11 a.m. - men's and women's singles final round; doubles
first round
Saturday, August 25, 2 p.m. - doubles final round

Tickets for the US Open can be purchased at the USTA National Tennis Center
box office, by calling Ticketmaster at 1-866-OPENTIX or online at American Express is the official card of the US Open.

The United States Tennis Association owns and stages the US Open and selects
the teams that compete in Davis Cup, Fed Cup and the Olympic Games. The
USTA is the national governing body for the sport of tennis in America and
is a non-profit organization with more than 625,000 members. It invests all
of its resources to promote and develop the growth of tennis, from the grass
roots to the professional levels.


Eight young American tennis players, led by Alexandra Stevenson, were given wild-card entries to the main draw of the singles of the U.S. Open on Thursday.

The 20-year-old Stevenson became the first player to advance through the qualifying rounds to reach the singles semifinals at Wimbledon two years ago. She reached the third round of the Acura Tennis Classic in her hometown of San Diego earlier this month, losing to Martina Hingis. She is currently ranked 102nd on the WTA Tour.

The others extended entries, all 20 or under, were: Allison Bradshaw of San Diego; Ansley Cargill of Atlanta; Laura Granville of Chicago; Ashley Harkleroad of Wesley Chapel, Fla.; Amber Liu of Le Mesa, Calif.; Bethanie Mattek of Boca Raton, Fla.; and Sarah Taylor of Bradenton, Fla.

Brie Rippner, of Chico, Calif., earned an automatic wild-card entry as the top American on the USTA Professional Circuit, but could not accept it because of an injury.

The Open, the season's last Grand Slam tournament, begins Aug. 27 at the National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadow, N.Y.