Bobby Reynolds, Madison Keys capture spots in U.S. Open tennis main draw


Beatrice Capra of Ellicott City, Md., shown during an earlier win in the event, was unable to repeat as champion of the U.S. Open wild-card playoff in College Park, losing in the final, 3-6, 6-4, 6-0, to 16-year-old Madison Keys. (Mark Gail/The Washington Post)
August 21, 2011

Bobby Reynolds was born in Massachusetts, grew up on the New Jersey shore, attended college in Tennessee and lives in Georgia. But of late, he has played some of the best tennis of his career in the Washington area.

Sunday at the Junior Tennis Champions Center in College Park, the 29-year-old Reynolds rolled to a 6-2, 7-5, 6-4 victory over former UCLA standout Daniel Kosakowski, 19, to win the U.S. Open wild-card playoff and, with it, a spot in the main draw of the season’s final major.

It will be Reynolds’s fifth U.S. Open appearance but his first since 2008, when he reached the second round.

“I feel like this is definitely home for me,” said Reynolds, who helped the Washington Kastles to an undefeated season and the 2011 World TeamTennis championship this summer. “There’s so much support with Kastles fans and everyone I’ve met.”

Earlier Sunday, 16-year-old Madison Keys, the youngest competitor in the invitation-only playoff, rallied from one set down to defeat Beatrice Capra of Ellicott City, 3-6, 6-4, 6-0.

Capra trained at College Park’s Junior Tennis Champions Center as a youngster but recently relocated to Boca Raton, Fla., to train at the Evert Academy, where Keys has been based since age 9.

A native of Rock Island, Ill., Keys will be making her debut in the U.S. Open’s main draw.

Capra, 18, reached the third round of the U.S. Open last year after winning the wild-card playoff. She now turns her attention to college tennis, scheduled to enroll as a freshman at Duke this fall.

Liz Clarke currently covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post, she has also covered five Olympic Games, two World Cups and written extensively about college sports, tennis and auto racing.
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