US Open Wild Card Challenge Standings
(as of August 7)
USTA: Eighteen-year old Sofia Kenin, of Pembroke Pines, Fla., clinched a spot in the main draw of the US Open for the third straight year by winning the US Open Wild Card Challenge on Friday, wrapping up her berth at the $60,000 USTA Pro Circuit women’s event in Lexington, Ky. Kenin, one of the youngest players in the Top 200, is now ranked a career-high No. 141.
Kenin wins the US Open Wild Card Challenge for the second straight year on the strength of her results at three $60,000 USTA Pro Circuit over the last several weeks: She won the singles title in Stockton, Calif., two weeks ago, then reached the semifinals in Sacramento and advanced to the final in Lexington. Kenin made her Grand Slam debut at the 2015 US Open after earning a wild card as the USTA Girls’ 18s national champion.
The men’s wild card challenge continued into its fourth week with ATP World Tour events in Washington, D.C., and Los Cabos, as well a $125,000 Challenger in Chengdu, China, a €85,000+H Challenger in Segovia, Spain, and a $75,000 USTA Pro Circuit Challenger in Lexington, Ky.
Tommy Paul, 20, remains in first place in the men’s challenge with 176 points after reaching his second consecutive ATP quarterfinal in Washington D.C. Paul also qualified for and reached the quarterfinals in Atlanta—his first ATP quarterfinal—and advanced to the semifinals of the $75,000 USTA Pro Circuit Challenger in Winnetka, Ill., early last month. Michael Mmoh, who won the title in Lexington this weekend, is in second place.
The men’s US Open Wild Card Challenge concludes this week with the ATP World Tour event in Montreal; a $150,000 Challenger in Jinan, China; a $100,000 USTA Pro Circuit Challenger in Aptos, Calif.; and a €43,000+H Challenger in Portoroz, Slovenia.
USTA Player Development will award a US Open main-draw wild card to the one American man and one American woman who earn the most ATP World Tour and WTA ranking points in a series of hard-court events this summer. The men’s challenge began the week of July 10 and concludes the week of Aug. 7 (this week), while the women’s challenge is complete. The men’s challenge will now include the best three results during the five-week time period. The women’s challenge still consists of the best two results over a three-week period.
New this year for the men’s wild card challenge, USTA Player Development will consider all American players’ results worldwide for the wild cards. That means both USTA Pro Circuit tournaments and U.S. and international ATP World Tour events on any professional outdoor hard-court surface at the ATP Challenger-level and above will be included. New for the women’s wild card challenge, USTA Player Development will now consider American players’ results in both select $60,000 outdoor USTA Pro Circuit hard-court events (main draw only) as well as qualifying and main draw results from the WTA tournaments in Washington D.C., and Stanford, Calif.
Only Americans who did not otherwise earn direct entry into the US Open are eligible. In the event of a tie, the player with the best ATP (on Aug. 14) or best WTA (on Aug. 7) singles ranking will be awarded the wild card.
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The USTA first used this US Open wild card format in 2012, when it was won by Steve Johnson and Mallory Burdette, both of whom reached the third round of the US Open. In 2013, Bradley Klahn and Shelby Rogers earned the wild cards, with Klahn winning his first-round match. And in 2014, Nicole Gibbs reached the third round of the US Open (her career-best Grand Slam result), while Wayne Odesnik earned the men’s wild card. In 2015, Bjorn Fratangelo made his Grand Slam main draw debut by earning the men’s wild card, while Samantha Crawford competed in the US Open as the women’s wild card. And last year, Ernesto Escobedo and junior player Sofia Kenin made their Grand Slam debuts at the US Open by earning the wild cards, with Escobedo picking up his first Grand Slam win. The USTA also utilizes this wild card challenge format for the French Open and Australian Open.