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May 29, 2015

Not a comeback, but Travis Parrott aims for spot in U.S. Open ...

Portland Tribune

Kerry Eggers

Portland's Travis Parrott and tennis partner Jordan Kerr of Adelaide, Australia, won a sectional qualifier at Las Vegas May 22-24 and will participate in a national qualifier for the U.S. Open Aug. 25-29 at New Haven, Conn.

Sixteen sectional championship duos will vie at New Haven for one spot in the U.S. Open Aug. 31 to Sept. 13 at Flushing Meadows, N.Y.

Parrott, 34, retired in 2012 after 10 years as a doubles specialist on the ATP Tour. The former University of Portland standout was ranked as high as 25th in the world and teamed with Carly Gullickson to claim the mixed doubles title at the 2009 U.S. Open.

Parrott has been working since his tennis retirement as a senior associate for Kidder Matthews, facilitating office leasing and sales in Portland.

";I'm not making a comeback,"; says Parrott, son of former Portland tennis promoter Brian Parrott. ";I have no intention to go back on the tour full-time. This is really to have one last opportunity to play the Open just for fun.";

Parrott and Kerr -- who teamed to make the semifinals of two events during Parrott's final season on tour -- earned a first-round draw and had to win only two matches at Las Vegas to move on.

";We played well, but we were a little rusty,"; Parrott says. ";I hadn't played a real competitive match for three years. We heard about the (qualifying) tournament three weeks prior to the event. I went straight to the practice court to get the racquet going.

";Now we have a few months to properly prepare. And we're only four matches away from playing at the Open. It's fun and refreshing to come back to it where there's no pressure to make money or making ATP points.";

Parrott has played some local tournaments the last three years, winning the Oregon State doubles championship twice. He and wife Kristin have 2-year-old twin boys.

";If I can get to New York,"; he says, ";it will be fun to have the boys see their dad play at Flushing Meadows.";

Portland's Mike Tammen, 57, and Salem's Paul Wulf, 63, are among 24 players chosen to represent the U.S. in the ITF Seniors World Team Championships June 8-13 at La Vaule, France.

Tammen, a former Brigham Young standout who won the Oregon State singles championship several times, is tennis pro at The Racquet Club.

Wulf, who owns one singles title and seven doubles title on the U.S. senior circuit, was a college teammate of Portland pros Roger McKee and Wayne Pickard at Oregon State.

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