FLUSHING, N.Y. – The draws for the 2009 U.S. Open Tennis Championships were announced Thursday live on ESPNews and Devin Britton, the 2009 NCAA Singles Champion and former Rebel netter, will face 15-time grand slam champion Roger Federer in the first round. The championships begin Monday.
Britton received a wildcard into the U.S. Open men’s singles after becoming the youngest player ever to capture the NCAA Singles title in May. The Jackson, Miss., native went on to win the singles and doubles titles at Roehampton before reaching the finals at Junior Wimbledon. Immediately after that he announced his decision to turn pro and signed with Octagon.
Federer recently won his record 15th grand slam title, outlasting American Andy Roddick at Wimbledon, 16-14 in the fifth set.
Before taking center stage to do battle with the greatest player of all time, Britton will be honored this weekend as a member of the 2009 ITA All-Star Collegiate Team. He and the rest of the honorees will be treated by the ITA and USTA to a weekend in New York, highlighted by activities during Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on Saturday, August 29th.
Britton became the sixth player in Ole Miss men’s tennis history to be named to the ITA All-Star Collegiate Team.
The schedule for the U.S. Open has not been released yet, but with Federer being the No. 1 seed, the match will most likely be played on the showcase court, Arthur Ashe Stadium. The Tennis Channel and ESPN2 will broadcast live coverage of the tournament beginning Monday at 11 a.m. Complete coverage of the U.S. Open can also be found at www.usopen.org.