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Though the U.S. Open begins Aug. 29 in New York, local tennis fans can witness a preview of coming attractions beginning Thursday in College Park. Eight American men and eight women will convene in a three-day tournament at the Junior Tennis Champions Center to fight for one spot apiece in the men's and women's main draws.
Denis Kudla's birth certificate is from the Ukraine, but the 18-year-old tennis player is a Washingtonian at heart. His parents moved to Fairfax when he was 1, and he has called Arlington home for the past five years.
It's been quite a couple of weeks at the U.S. Open for 17-year-old high school senior Jack Sock.
"It would definitely be huge," Kudla said. "To be able to play against the top guys would be great and to give yourself an opportunity to try to win a Grand Slam, it's amazing."
"It'd be incredible to be around all my friends and families and be able to qualify," he said. "It'd be something I never forget; let's hope it becomes a reality."