Aug. 23, 2011
NORMAN, Okla. - Oklahoma women’s tennis head coach David Mullins and assistant coach Brook Connelly play Nathan Healey and Veronica Corning Wednesday at 11 a.m., in the opening round of the 2011 US Open Mixed Doubles National Playoffs.
The mixed doubles playoff consists of the winning teams from the 16 USTA regional playoffs. The inaugural event features 30 players from nine different countries, all competing for a spot in the main draw of the 2011 US Open.
Mullins and Connelly qualified for the national tournament after winning the USTA Missouri Valley Playoff in Norman on June 25.
The participating players range from collegiate athletes to USTA Pro Circuit veterans. Among the competitors are two former top 15 doubles players, Jeff Tarango and Patricia Tarabini. Both players have US Open experience and have qualified for the semifinals in Grand Slam events.
Other contenders include Ellis Ferreira, a two-time Grand Slam doubles champion; Bea Bielik, who reached the third round of the US Open in singles as a wild card 11 years ago; and Healey, a three-time doubles champion on the ATP World Tour.
Mullins and Connelly are the only current collegiate coaches playing in the tournament. Both OU coaches were All-American doubles players during their respective collegiate playing careers, while Mullins played professionally from 2001-2004.