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Cochran turns pro at US Ope | Sport
by Kelly Caldwel
Aug 20, 2002 | 162 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
By KELLY CALDWELL

When Dublin’s Tanner Cochran signs in at the qualifying tournament for the U.S. Open today, she will no longer be an amateur tennis player. Cochran turned 18 August 4 and has been considering turning professional since then.

“I have been thinking about it for a while, and it is something I want to pursue,” Cochran said.

Cochran decided over the weekend that the U.S. Open would be the time to tournament in which she changed her status.

“She talked it over with her coach, Brian Shelton, and her told her to go for it,” Guy Cochran said. “She knows she can compete at that level, and she also knows that she doesn’t want to play collegiate tennis.”

The only reason Cochran would go to college would be for an education, and she would rather play tennis while she can according to her father.

She was invited to play in the qualifying tournament based on her USTA ranking. The ranking consists of points awarded for different tournaments Cochran has played during the past year.

“She will be in New York for the better part of a month,” her father said.

If she makes it through qualifying by winning one of 16 slots, she will play in the main draw tournament with a field of 128 players. In the main draw, she would compete against the best tennis players in the world.

After the singles tournament, Cochran will play in the doubles portion of the US Open.

She and her partner, Kristen Schlukebir, received an automatic bid to the doubles tournament after winning the USTA Supernational Hard Courts earlier this month.

After the doubles tournament, Cochran will compete in both the junior singles and doubles tournament.

“Tanner will travel to Great Britain in October for the Maureen Connolly Challenge,” her father said. “It pits the best American juniors against the Britain’s best. It is kind of like the good will games of tennis.
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