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Royals hammer Twins 9-3; Walters lasts just 3 innings

Friday, June 28th, 2013

TWINS NOTES: ­· The Twins lost to the Royals tonight, and have now dropped six of their eight against the Royals this season…the Twins are now 15-20 against AL Central opponents this season…despite the loss, Minnesota is 11-5 in their last 16 at home…Minnesota is 6-5 vs. KC at home since the start of the 2012 season…the Twins pitching staff allowed four home runs tonight, the most this season and the most since also allowing four homers on September 24, 2012 vs. New York-AL.

· Tonight’s game was delayed a total of 26 minutes prior to the first pitch…it marked the second delay of the season at Target Field with the other being a 3 hour delay on May 19 vs. Boston, which was the longest delayed game in Target Field history…tonight was the 10th delay in the history of Target Field.

· P.J. Walters allowed six runs on six hits, two home runs and one walk while striking out one in 3.0 innings tonight…he has now allowed 12 runs in his last 3.2 innings pitched in his last two starts (29.45 ERA)…it marked the second time in his career to allow at least six runs in back-to-back starts, the last being September 5-12, 2012.

· Clete Thomas (2-for-4) hit his second home run of the season with a solo shot off Shields in the fifth inning…it was his second home run in his last eight games…over his last eight he is hitting .310 (9-for-29) with two homers, two doubles, nine runs scored and four walks…Thomas has at least one run scored in each of his last six games, and at least one in nine of his last 10 games…over those 10 games he has crossed the plate 12 times…he has scored nine runs in nine games as the Twins leadoff hitter this season…five of his 17 games with at least two at-bats this season have been multi-hit efforts.

· Trevor Plouffe (1-for-3) extended his current hit-streak to a season-high 10 games with a single in the fifth inning, also the second longest of his career…over the 10 games he is hitting .308 (12-for-39) with a double, six RBI and a walk.

· Justin Morneau (1-for-4) hit his 21st double of the season, driving in a run in the fourth inning…the double passes Harmon Killebrew (277) for sole possession of 11th in franchise history (since 1901)…his 278 career doubles are 27 behind Rod Carew (305) on the Twins all-time list (since 1961)…he is now five doubles shy of his 2012 total (26)…he has eight doubles in his last 18 games, four of which have generated at least one run.

· Josh Willingham (1-for-3) has a hit in 19 of his last 23 games against the Royals, since the start of the 2012 season…he has reached base safely in 60 of his 69 games played in 2013.

· Brian Dozier (2-for-4) collected his first multi-hit game since June 16, a span of nine games…he had just one hit in his last 16 at-bats coming into tonight.

· Caleb Thielbar tossed a scoreless inning tonight and has now made 14 consecutive scoreless appearances to start his career, since May 20…he is one of only eight MLB players to start his MLB career with 14 appearances with no runs allowed since 1921…he is the first since Joe Patterson (19 straight, April 2-May 20, 2011).


Friday, January 27th, 2012

 WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., January 26, 2012 – The USTA Northern Section announced today that the Baseline Tennis Center on the University of Minnesota campus in Minneapolis will once again host the US Open National Playoffs Northern Sectional Qualifying Tournament, June 21-25, 2012. Earlier today, the USTA announced the return of the US Open National Playoffs for the third year. The US Open National Playoffs will again include both men’s and women’s singles and mixed doubles in 2012. The USTA created the US Open National Playoffs to expand the footprint of the US Open to cities nationwide by providing the opportunity for all players 14 years of age and older to earn a berth into the US Open.


The US Open National Playoffs men’s and women’s singles champions earn a wild card into the US Open Qualifying Tournament, held the week prior to the US Open. The US Open National Playoffs mixed doubles champions receive a main draw wild card into the 2012 US Open.


The US Open National Playoffs begin as a series of sectional qualifying tournaments, held in 13 USTA Sections throughout the country, including Minneapolis. The 13 men’s, women’s and mixed doubles champions from each sectional qualifying tournament will advance to the US Open National Playoffs – Men’s Singles, Women’s Singles and Mixed Doubles Championship. All three tournaments will be held in conjunction with the New Haven Open at Yale, presented by First Niagara, a US Open Series event.  The US Open National Playoffs – Men’s Singles and Women’s Singles Championship will be held August 17-20. The US Open National Playoffs – Mixed Doubles Championship will be held August 22-25. 


“The Baseline Tennis Center is thrilled to once again be hosting the 2012 US Open Northern Sectional Qualifying Tournament,” John Pratt, Baseline Tennis Center Director, said. “This once-in-a-lifetime chance is something many players have spent entire careers striving for and it is really exciting to be a part of helping someone reach that next level.”


Registration opens on March 15 at The entry fee is $100 for singles and $120 for each mixed doubles team ($60 per player).  All players competing must have a current USTA membership valid through August 27, 2012. Participants can be of any playing level, from aspiring novice to seasoned professional, giving everyone an equal opportunity to advance. Additional information can be found at

“For the third year, we again expect strong singles and mixed doubles competition among top junior players, collegians, teaching professionals, ‘weekend warriors,’ and recreational players to earn their way into the US Open,” said Jeff Ryan, US Open National Playoffs Tournament Director. “The New Haven Open at Yale will also again serve as an ideal host for the championships, as it is a wonderful setting, never mind extremely convenient, for those winning players to travel to New York for the US Open.”


In all, 1,380 players (690 in men’s singles, 306 in women’s singles, and 384 in mixed doubles) competed in the 2011 US Open National Playoffs, ranging from experienced professionals (including former doubles world No. 2 and 2001 Australian Open mixed doubles champion Ellis Ferreira, two-time ATP singles champion Jeff Tarango, and former NCAA singles champions Amanda McDowell and Bea Bielik) to recreational players of all talents and walks of life (including ESPN’s Mike Greenberg, who teamed with six-time US Open champion Chris Evert in mixed doubles, jewelry store owner and young-adult fiction writer Shawn Cormier of East Brookfield, Conn., 65-year-old senior USTA League player Glenn Baxter, of Granbury, Texas, and the teenage brother-sister team of Samantha and Harrison Adams, who won the USTA Texas Sectional Qualifying Tournament).


In the end, former University of Arkansas All-American Blake Strode, who deferred Harvard Law School to pursue a pro tennis career, won the US Open National Playoffs men’s title for a second straight year to earn a wild card into the US Open Qualifying Tournament, where he reached the second round (also for a second straight year). Teenager Robin Anderson won the US Open National Playoffs women’s singles title, prevailing over a series of more experienced opponents. Anderson was a girls’ singles quarterfinalist at the 2010 US Open and now plays for UCLA.


The winners of the inaugural mixed doubles title were Christina Fusano and David Martin, who between them have won 34 USTA Pro Circuit doubles titles. The duo faced No. 5 seeds Daniela Hantuchova and Mark Knowles in the first round of the 2011 US Open mixed doubles tournament.



USONP Schedule 2012



The US Open Qualifying Tournament will be held August 21-24 and the US Open Mixed Doubles Championship begins August 29 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y. The 2012 US Open begins on August 27.

Local Stars Advance To US Open Qualifier Finals

Sunday, June 26th, 2011

            Minneapolis, Minn. – The finals will have a local flavor as Minnesotans Tony Larson, Nelson Vick and Aria Lambert all advanced to the championships of the 2011 US Open National Qualifying Tournament at the Baseline Tennis Center on the University of Minnesota campus. The winners of Sunday’s matches will then qualify for the US Open Section Tournament in New Haven, Conn., in mid-August, with the winners of those events qualifying for the US Open.

            Lambert of Excelsior, Minn., opened the day with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Gopher assistant women’s coach Daria Panova. A former Minnesota state champion, Lambert will be a freshman at Minnesota this fall. Lambert faces Megan Falcon (Baton Rouge, La.) for the title. Falcon, who is ranked in the top 500 of the world, defeated 14-year old Nyla Beenk (LeClaire, Iowa.) 6-4, 6-4.

            Larson will have the opportunity to defend his 2010 title Sunday after defeating Tyler Cleveland (Fairfield, Iowa) 7-6 (1) and 6-1. Larson, who is originally from Alexandria, Minn., and played at St. Cloud State, will face Stillwater’s Nelson Vick in the finals. Vick, who is entering his sophomore year at Ohio State, beat former Minnesota state champion Wyatt McCoy (Shoreview, Minn.)  6-7 (5), 6-2, 6-1 in the other semifinal.

            The mixed doubles final will also have a local flavor as it will feature a pair of teams with Gopher connections as newly graduated Tobias Wernet and former Gopher Dana Young will play the winner of the match between Imke Reimers/Erik Donley and Reven Stephens/Lindsey Risebrough. Reimers is a volunteer assistant coach at the U, while the other three played there. Wernet and Young beat Falcon and Lance Johnson (Berkeley, Calif.) 7-5, 3-6, 1-0 (10).

The women’s finals match is at 9 a.m., followed by men’s singles at 11 a.m. and mixed doubles at 1 p.m. Admission to the matches is free.


US Open Northern Section Qualifying Tournament

Baseline Tennis Center

Minneapolis, Minn.


Complete Day Three Results

Men’s Singles – Semifinals

Nelson Vick d. Wyatt McCoy 6-7, 6-2, 6-1

Tony Larson d. Tyler Cleveland 7-6 (1), 6-1

Women’s Results - Semifinals

Megan Falcon d. Nyla Beenk 6-4, 6-4

Aria Lambert d. Daria Panova 6-1, 6-1


Mixed Doubles – Quarterfinals

Lindsey Risebrough/Reven Stephens d. Brenna Kelly/Wyatt McCoy 6-4; 6-4


Mixed Doubles - Semifinals

Tobias Wernet/Dana Young d. Megan Falcon/Lance Johnson 7-5; 3-6; 1-0(10)

Imke Reimers/Eric Donley vs. Stevens/Risebrough


U of M’s Baseline Tennis Center Hosts US Open National Qualifier Today

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

Touring Pros and Local Stars Highlight Field June 23-26

            Bloomington, Minn. – Former Minnesota State High School Singles Champion Wyatt McCoy (Shoreview, Minn.) highlights play beginning at 4 p.m. today at the US Open National Qualifier June 23-26 at the Baseline Tennis Center. McCoy, who will play tennis at Notre Dame next fall, has a tough opening round opponent in Lance Johnson from Berkeley, Calif. Johnson is a former traveling hitting partner of Venus and Serena Williams and a current tennis professional at the San Francisco Tennis Club.

            Also on this side of the bracket is this year’s Minnesota State High School State Tournament runner-up Eric Frueh of Rochester, Minn. In the first round, Frueh plays Djordje Uskokovic, a former #1 junior in Serbia and #1 singles and doubles player at Illinois State. He is now a coach at the Hermann Tennis Academy in Northbrook, Ill.

Defending champion Tony Larson of Alexandria, Minn., is on the opposite side of the bracket and opens with Dan Taylor of Spirit Lake, Iowa. Larson won the first-ever US Open National Playoff Northern Section Qualifier, defeating Keith Whittingham (Erie, Pa.) 6-2, 6-3 last year in St. Cloud, Minn. Also on Larson’s side of the draw is Germany’s Tobias Wernet, the University of Minnesota’s No. 1 singles player in 2011. Wernet was an all-Big Ten player during his sophomore season in 2008 with the Gophers, compiling a 20-14 singles record. Wernet received a first-round bye and will play Friday morning.

World top-100 doubles player Treat Huey, who was scheduled to play St. Cloud’s Brian Baumann in the first round today at 4 p.m., had to withdraw from the men’s singles draw because he qualified for the main gentlemen’s doubles draw at Wimbledon. Huey and his partner played Thursday morning (results are pending) in London.

Headlining the women’s singles draw is former Louisiana State player Megan Falcon. Named to the all-SEC first team three times (2007, 2008, 2009) in her career, she was also a two- time All-American in singles and is currently ranked in the top 500 of the world in singles. Also playing is Daria Panova, the current assistant coach for the University of Minnesota’s women’s team. At the University of Oregon, Panova went 93-47 in singles, was a three-time all-Pac-10 player and a two-time All-American. Her 93 career singles wins are still a record there. The women are scheduled to open play tonight at 6 p.m., weather permitting.

Other players to watch are former Minnesota state champion Aria Lambert (Excelsior, Minn.) and Julia Courter (Lawrenceville, Ga.). Both will be joining the University of Minnesota women’s team in the fall.

In the mixed doubles draw, Huey and his partner Megan Moulton-Levy are scheduled to play at 7 p.m. Friday night. Like Huey, Moulton-Levy also qualified for the main women’s doubles draw at Wimbledon where she and partner Lindsey Lee-Waters play Thursday afternoon (results are pending).

The brother-sister team of Brett and Becky Morse-Karzen will play Panova and Wernet in the first round Friday at 4 p.m.. Brett was a three-time All-American at Gustavus Adolphus College, and Becky was a five-time All-American at the University of Mary Washington.

Germany’s Imke Reimers, a former University of Nebraska player and current volunteer coach at the University of Minnesota, teams up with former Gopher Erik Donley (Duluth, Minn.). Reimers posted a career record of 90-34 in singles and a 74-34 doubles record at Nebraska, while Donley finished his Gopher career third on the all-time career doubles victories list (73). Reimers and Donley, the top mixed doubles team in the Northern Section, received a first round bye and will play Friday at 7 p.m.

Another team to look for is former Gopher players Lindsay Risebrough and Reven Stephens. Risebrough concluded her career with 52 singles victories and 43 doubles victories, while Stephens is one of the area’s top players and recently coached Breck High School to the Class 1A state title. They also received a first-round bye and will play at 7 p.m.

Butorac Advances at Australian Open; Plays tonight (Wednesday)

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

ButoracEric Butorac of Rochester, Minn., and his partner Jean-Julien Rojer of Netherlands Antilles will face top-seeded Bob and Mike Bryan of the United States in the semifinals of the 2011 Australian Open. The match is scheduled for Wednesday at 6 p.m. central time (11 a.m. Thursday in Australia) and is available live on Tennis Channel, and DirecTV.

Butorac and Rojer, who were unseeded coming into the tournament, have won four matches thus far in Melbourne. They opened with a three-set win over Andrey Golubev (Kazakhstan) and Denis Istomin (Uzbekistan). In the second round, they upset 12th-seeded Mark Knowles (Bahamas) and Michal Mertinak (Slovakia) 7-6, 6-0. They then beat David Marrero and Ruben Ramirez Hildalgo, both of Spain, 6-3, 6-4, before upsetting the fourth-seeded Lukasz Kubot (Poland) and Oliver Marach (Austria) 6-3, 6-4.

Butorac and Rojer last played the Bryans competitively at the 2010 LA Open. They lost in a third-set tiebreaker giving the Bryan Brothers their record-setting 62nd career tournament victory. The foursome also played an exhibition in St. Paul on December 5 as part of Butorac’s Minnesota Tennis Challenge at the Fred Wells Tennis & Education Center. The Bryans won that match 6-4, 6-4.

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