2014/07/29

Har-Tru USTA Pro Circuit Wild Card Challenge Standings Update

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(April 28, 2014) Grace Min and Daniel Kosakowski lead the Har-Tru USTA Pro Circuit Wild Card Challenge Standings as the race for a main draw wild card into the French Open concludes this week at the Tallahassee (Fla.) Tennis Challenger and Audi Melbourne Pro Tennis Classic in Indian Harbour Beach, Fla. Tallahassee and Indian Harbour Beach will be streamed live this week on www.procircuit.usta.com.

 

USTA Player Development will award a French Open main draw wild card to one American man and one American woman who earn the most ATP World Tour and WTA Tour ranking points in a series of USTA Pro Circuit clay-court events this spring.

 

Ranking points from two out of the three men’s and women’s events will be used and combined to calculate the point total and determine the French Open wild card recipient. If a player competes in more than two events, only his or her two best tournaments will be counted in calculating the point total. In the event of a tie, the player with the best ATP or WTA singles ranking in the published rankings of Monday, May 5, will be awarded the wild card. Only players who have not earned direct acceptance into the French Open are eligible for the wild card.

 

The standings, as of April 28, are as follows:

 

Men’s Har-Tru USTA Pro Circuit Wild Card Challenge*

 

Player Name Sarasota, FL

($100,000)

Savannah, GA
($50,000)
Tallahassee, FL
($50,000)
Total Points
  1. Daniel Kosakowski
35 7   42
  1. Alex Kuznetsov
0 15   15
  1. Evan King
7   7
  1. Bobby Reynolds
0 7   7

 

*The men’s wild card will be awarded from the best combined results in two of the three events above.

 

Jack Sock earned 48 points by reaching the final of Savannah, but has direct entry into the French Open. Donald Young earned 18 points by reaching the quarterfinals of Sarasota, but also has direct entry into the French Open.

 

Women’s Har-Tru USTA Pro Circuit Wild Card Challenge*

 

Player Name Dothan, AL

($50,000)

Charlottesville, VA

($50,000)

Indian Harbour Beach, FL ($50,000) Total

Points

  1. Grace Min
80 29   109
  1. Taylor Townsend
8 80   88
  1. Victoria Duval
48 15   63
  1. Allie Kiick
29 1   30
  1. Sanaz Marand
29   29
   

 

*The women’s wild card will be awarded from the best combined results in two of the three events above.

 

The USTA first used this wild card challenge format for its 2012 French Open wild cards, won by Melanie Oudin and Brian Baker. Oudin and Baker each advanced to the second round at that year’s French Open and subsequently broke into the Top 100. Last year, Alex Kuznetsov and Shelby Rogers earned the wild cards with Rogers winning her first-ever Grand Slam singles match at the French Open.

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