August 26th, 2019

Orlando’s Dolehide, Brooksby, Townsend Americans Qualifying at US Open Tennis

Pro Tennis

Three Americans navigated their way through the qualifying tournament at the US Open to reach the main draw this past weekend, lead by Caroline Dolehide, who trains at the USTA National Campus in Orlando and saw her summer hot streak extended at least another week.

Dolehide along with the other qualifiers won three matches to reach the big stage, in her final qualifying match defeating German Anna-Lena Friedsam 6-4, 6-3.

“It’s a different kind of pressure,” Dolehide said of the qualifying tournament after failing to drop a set in three matches.

She is now on an eight-match singles winning streak after capturing the USTA Pro Circuit title in Concord, Mass., last week. She also won Pan American Games doubles gold in August, teaming with American Usue Arconada, in addition to a singles silver medal.

Dolehide will also be competing in the US Open doubles main draw alongside American Vania King.

Also qualifying was former world No. 1 junior Taylor Townsend, who in her last qualifying match came from a set down to beat Serbia’s Nina Stojanovic 3-6, 7-6, 6-1.

It will be the 23-year-old Townsend’s fifth year competing in the main draw, with her best result a second-round effort last year, defeating fellow American Amanda Anisimova before losing to No. 10 seed Jelena Ostapenko in three sets.

On the men’s side 18-year-old Jenson Brooksby was the lone U.S. qualifier, in his final-round match recording a 6-3, 6-7, 6-3 win over Spain’s Pedro Martinez.

“I felt I was ready to qualify my way in through this way,” he said post-match, “and I was able to and I’m very happy about that.”

Brooksby earned a wild card last year by winning the junior USTA National Hard Court Championships in Kalamazoo, Mich. In his opening round he will meet former world No. 4 Tomas Berdych on Monday. The Baylor University commit lost to John Millman in the opening round last year.

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