The Springfield-Greene County Park Board will host its first US Open National Playoffs Missouri Valley Sectional Qualifying Tournament beginning at 8 a.m. May 15 through May 17 at Cooper Tennis Complex, 2331 E. Pythian St.

The tournament is the first of its kind by the U.S. Tennis Association, allowing players 14 and older the chance to compete for a wild-card berth into the 2010 US Open. The men’s field in Springfield contains 36 players, ranging from 14 to 62 years old. The women’s field has 16 players. All players have a wide range of backgrounds and skill level.

This is one of 16 qualifying tournaments taking place in USTA sections around the United States this summer. Each section winner will advance to the US Open National Playoffs Qualifying Championship, with the winner of that earning a spot in the US Open qualifier at Flushing

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