The following information is on the winners of the recent USTA Southern California US Open National Playoff event that took place at the Claremont Club in Claremont, Calif.
- MEN’S SINGLES: Henry Craig, 21, of Murrieta, Calif. Craig graduated from the University of Denver this year after playing in the No. 1 singles spot. As a junior player, he reached the singles semifinals and the doubles final of the International Grass Court Championships in Philadelphia in 2012.
- WOMEN’S SINGLES: Brynn Boren, 24, of Laguna Niguel, Calif. Boren played two seasons at the University of Tennessee, then transferred to USC. At Tennessee, she earned All-America honors in doubles her sophomore year after a run to the NCAA doubles semifinals. At USC, she went 17-12 in her senior year, mainly at the No. 2 singles position, and reached the round of 16 at the NCAA tournament. She has also twice won the doubles title at the $10,000 USTA Pro Circuit event in Evansville, Ind., with teammate Sabrina Santamaria.
- MEN’S DOUBLES: Ryan Brown, 18, and Joseph Rotheram, 18, both of Manhattan Beach, Calif. Brown and Rotheram are standout juniors in California who graduated from high school this year. Rotheram will play at UC Santa Barbara, while Brown committed to Loyola Marymount.
- WOMEN’S DOUBLES: Jacqueline Cako, 24, of Brier, Wash., and Danielle Lao, 25, of Arcadia, Calif. Cako will be playing in all three draws at the US Open National Playoffs Championships in August after also winning the women’s singles and mixed doubles titles at the USTA Southwest event in May. Cako completed her NCAA career in 2013 at Arizona State University, where she received All-America honors. Cako has thrived in doubles on the USTA Pro Circuit, winning eight titles, and has also won two career USTA Pro Circuit singles titles. Lao graduated from USC in 2013 after twice earning All-America honors during her college career. During her time in Los Angeles, she led the Trojans to back-to-back Pac-12 team championships. In June 2015, Lao won her first USTA Pro Circuit singles title, at the $25,000 event in Baton Rouge, La. Also in 2015, she qualified for the $100,000 USTA Pro Circuit event in Midland, Mich., and won her first ITF Circuit singles title, in Leon, Mexico, where she also captured the doubles title. She won her first USTA Pro Circuit title in 2014 in doubles in Pelham, Ala. This February, she won her second USTA Pro Circuit doubles title at the $25,000 event in Surprise, Ariz. After college, Lao wrote a book, “Invaluable Experience,” about playing college tennis.
- MIXED DOUBLES: Jordan Gobatie, 23, of Riverside, Calif., and Katsiaryna Zheltova, 27, of Irvine, Calif. Gobatie played for Northern Arizona University, where he earned All-Big Sky honors. Zhetlova, who is from Belarus, played collegiately for Sacramento State, where she earned All-America honors.
NOTE: The winners or top available finishers from each of the 15 sectional qualifying tournaments held throughout the spring and summer advance to the US Open National Playoffs Championships in their respective division (men’s and women’s singles, men’s and women’s doubles, mixed doubles) to be held during the Connecticut Open presented by United Technologies, an Emirates Airline US Open Series women’s event, in August. The US Open National Playoffs men’s doubles, women’s doubles and mixed doubles champions receive main draw wild cards into the 2016 US Open, while the men’s and women’s singles champions earn wild cards into the US Open Qualifying Tournament held the week prior to the US Open.
CREDIT: USTA Communications