For the first time ever, the USTA is awarding a wild card into U.S. Open qualifying to just about anyone who is good enough to earn it. The U.S. Open National Playoffs involves a series of tournaments in the nation's 16 USTA sections. The winners of the women's and men's sectional qualifying tournaments will advance to the National Playoffs. The men's playoffs will be held in Atlanta, and the women's will be held in Stanford.
The tournament is open to both professional and amateur players. You needn't be a U.S. citizen to enter, but you have to be at least 14 years old. Players have to be USTA members in order to participate. There is a $125 fee to enter a sectional tournament. The sectional tournaments began this month.