Bode Miller, the World Cup champion skier who hopes to win an elusive gold medal at this year’s Vancouver Winter Olympics, has set his sights on another prestigious sporting event – the U.S. Open.
Miller has teamed up with the United States Tennis Association to promote the U.S. Open National Playoffs which expands the reach of the Grand Slam event by allowing anyone the chance to compete in regional tournaments starting this April for a spot in the qualifying round of the U.S. Open.
“The US Open National Playoffs makes the US Open ‘open,’ where one woman and one man will earn a wild card into the US Open Qualifying Tournament and a chance to advance to the main draw,” said Lucy Garvin, Chairman of the Board and President, USTA. “The fact that the US Open National Playoffs are supported by qualifying tournaments run by our sections makes this event even more unique, extending the reach of the US Open across the country.”
Miller himself earned several junior tennis titles as a child and his family still owns a tennis camp in New Hampshire. Miller, who is set to compete in all five Olympic skiing events in Vancouver, will set his sights on qualifying for Flushing Meadows this spring.
“The US Open National Playoffs is a great concept and I look forward to playing in one of the sectional qualifying tournaments this spring,” said Miller. “It will give me an outlet to focus my competitiveness after the Olympics and World Cup season.”