May 27, 2017

USTA – Eight Junior Girls Named to 2017 Team USA National Team

EIGHT JUNIOR GIRLS NAMED TO 2017 TEAM USA NATIONAL JUNIOR TEAM

 

ORLANDO, Fla., May 8, 2017 – The USTA today announced that eight top junior girls qualified for the 2017 Team USA National Junior Team, a training program designed to give a collection of America’s best young players, born in either 2001 or 2002, opportunities to train together during the summer and travel to play against top junior competition from around the world.

 

Players qualified for the team through meeting one or several results- or ranking-based criteria, or through a playoff, which was held last week at the USTA National Campus at Lake Nona in Orlando, Fla. Players were invited for the playoff based on tournament results, USTA national or ITF world ranking. 

 

2017 Team USA National Junior Team – Girls

*Hailey Baptiste (15, Takoma Park, Md.; Coach: Vince Spadea)

*Caty McNally (15, Cincinnati; Coach: Lynn McNally)

*Alexa Noel (14, Summit, N.J.; Coach: Randy Blumenthaal)

*Whitney Osuigwe (15, Bradenton, Fla.; Coach: Desmond Osuigwe)

Abigail Forbes (16, Raleigh, N.C.; Coach: Cameron Moore)

Sedona Gallagher (15, Henderson, Nev.; Coach: Tammy Gallagher)

Vanessa Ong (15, Oklahoma City; Coach: Trent Tucker)

Katie Volynets (15, Walnut Creek, Calif.; Coaches: Mark Orwig, Richard Tompkins)

 

*Automatically qualified before playoff based on meeting set criteria.

 

USTA Player Development will provide the National Junior Team with training opportunities and coaching and travel assistance to select USTA National Championships, ITF junior and USTA Pro Circuit tournaments throughout the summer, beginning with the USTA Pro Circuit $25,000 event in Naples, Fla., this week.

 

Baptiste is ranked No. 40 in the world among all juniors and recently made the quarterfinals of the Girls’ 18s singles draw at the prestigious Easter Bowl junior tournament last month. McNally is ranked No. 48 in the world among juniors and reached the Girls’ 18s singles quarterfinals and won the doubles title at the Easter Bowl. Noel is ranked No. 12 in the USTA Girls’ 16-and-under national standings and is the reigning USTA Girls’ 16-and-under clay court national singles champion. Osuigwe is ranked No. 16 in the world among juniors, having won multiple ITF junior singles titles already this year, at events in Brazil and Paraguay.

 

Forbes is ranked No. 10 in the 18-and-under USTA national standings and was an 18-and-under singles finalist at the USTA National Winter Championships in December. Gallagher is ranked No. 18 in the USTA Girls’ 18s national standings and reached the Girls’ 16s singles semifinals and won the doubles title at the Easter Bowl. Ong is No. 28 in the Girls’ 18s USTA national standings and reached the quarterfinals of the US Open Junior Championships in September. Volynets is the No. 1-ranked 16-and-under player in the USTA standings and won the 16-and-under singles titles at the prestigious Eddie Herr and Metropolia Orange Bowl junior tournaments in December.

 

For full results from this weekend’s playoff, click here.

 

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Tennys Sandgren Claims USTA French Open Wild Card

 

Former University of Tennessee Standout Tennys Sandgren Claims USTA French Open Wild Card

 

Tennys Sandgren, 25, of Gallatin, Tenn., will make his main draw Grand Slam debut at the 2017 French Open main draw after winning the Roland Garros Wild Card Challenge. Sandgren claimed 135 points in the challenge by winning the $75,000 USTA Pro Circuit Challenger in Savannah, Ga., this past weekend and by reaching the final of the $100,000 Challenger in Sarasota, Fla., two weeks ago.

 

Sandgren has attempted to qualify for a Grand Slam main draw 12 times. He is on the comeback trail after having hip surgery in 2014 that sidelined him from February until after that year’s US Open. Sandgren is a former University of Tennessee standout who reached the semifinals of the 2011 NCAA Championships. He holds 14 singles and 16 doubles titles on the USTA Pro Circuit and ITF Circuit. His title in Savannah propelled him to a career-best No. 114 in the world after being ranked outside the Top 300 as recently as last year.

 

USTA Player Development awards a French Open main draw wild card to one American man and one American woman who earn the most ATP World Tour and WTA ranking points in a series of clay-court events this spring. New this year for the men’s wild card challenge, USTA Player Development considered all American results worldwide for the wild card. Therefore, both USTA Pro Circuit tournaments and international ATP Tour and Challenger tournaments on any professional outdoor clay surface (Har-Tru or red) at prize money of $50,000 and above were included. The women’s wild card challenge consisted of results earned at USTA Pro Circuit clay-court events over the past four weeks. The USTA and the French Tennis Federation have a reciprocal agreement in which wild cards into the 2017 French Open and US Open are exchanged.

 

2016 French Open junior finalist Amanda Anisimova, 15, earned the women’s wild card last week and will become the youngest player to compete in the main draw at Roland Garros since Alize Cornet in 2005. She is also the first player born in 2001 to compete in a Grand Slam main draw. Anisimova, who is currently ranked No. 259 in the world, claimed 118 points in the wild card challenge by reaching back-to-back singles finals at the $80,000 USTA Pro Circuit event in Indian Harbour Beach, Fla., and the $60,000 USTA Pro Circuit event in Dothan, Ala., in the first USTA Pro Circuit events of her young career.

 

The final standings can be found here (MEN’S STANDINGSWOMEN’S STANDINGS).

 

The USTA first used the 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. In 2013, Alex Kuznetsov and Shelby Rogers earned the wild cards, with Rogers winning her first-ever Grand Slam singles match at the French Open. In 2014, young American Taylor Townsend and veteran Robby Ginepri received the wild cards, with Townsend becoming a top storyline by reaching the Roland Garros third round. In 2015, young Americans Frances Tiafoe and Louisa Chirico secured the wild cards. Last year, Townsend and Bjorn Fratangelo earned the wild cards, with both players winning their first-round matches

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Fifteen-Year Old Amanda Anisimova Claims USTA French Open Wild Card

 

 

Fifteen-Year Old Amanda Anisimova Claims USTA French Open Wild Card

 

From the USTA: (May 5, 2017) Amanda Anisimova, 15, will compete in the 2017 French Open main draw after winning the 2017 Roland Garros Wild Card Challenge. In doing so, the 2016 French Open junior finalist will become the youngest player to compete in the main draw at Roland Garros since Alize Cornet in 2005. She is the first player born in 2001 to compete in a Grand Slam main draw.

 

Anisimova claimed 118 points in the wild card challenge by reaching back-to-back singles finals at the $80,000 USTA Pro Circuit event in Indian Harbour Beach, Fla., and the $60,000 USTA Pro Circuit event in Dothan, Ala. Victoria Duval and Caroline Dolehide—the only players who could surpass Anisimova in the standings—both lost at the $60,000 USTA Pro Circuit event in Charleston, S.C., this week.

 

USTA Player Development awards a French Open main draw wild card to one American man and one American woman who earn the most ATP World Tour and WTA ranking points in a series of clay-court events this spring. The women’s wild card challenge consisted of results earned at USTA Pro Circuit clay-court events over the past four weeks. The USTA and the French Tennis Federation have a reciprocal agreement in which wild cards into the 2017 French Open and US Open are exchanged.

 

Anisimova, who resides in Florida and is currently ranked No. 264 in the world, will be making her Grand Slam main draw debut. She competed in 2016 US Open qualifying in her only previous Grand Slam appearance. Anisimova is currently the No. 5-ranked junior in the world; she peaked at No. 2 in June 2016 after reaching the French Open girls’ final. Indian Harbour Beach and Dothan were Anisimova’s first career main draw USTA Pro Circuit events. She also competed in her first WTA main draw at the Miami Open this March, losing to Taylor Townsend in three sets in the opening round.

 

The men’s wild card challenge will also conclude this week. Tennys Sandgren, continuing a successful comeback from hip surgery, is currently in the lead after reaching the final of the $100,000 USTA Pro Circuit Challenger in Sarasota, Fla., two weeks ago and also qualifying for the U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championships in Houston the week prior. Sandgren is currently in the quarterfinals of the $75,000 USTA Pro Circuit Challenger in Savannah, Ga.

 

The USTA first used the 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. In 2013, Alex Kuznetsov and Shelby Rogers earned the wild cards, with Rogers winning her first-ever Grand Slam singles match at the French Open. In 2014, young American Taylor Townsend and veteran Robby Ginepri received the wild cards, with Townsend becoming a top storyline by reaching the Roland Garros third round. In 2015, young Americans Frances Tiafoe and Louisa Chirico secured the wild cards. Last year, Townsend and Bjorn Fratangelo earned the wild cards, with both players winning their first-round matches.

 

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USTA Roland Garros Wild Card Challenge Standings

 

 

Roland Garros Wild Card Challenge Standings

(as of May 1)

 

(May 1, 2017) From the USTA – The Roland Garros Wild Card Challenge continued into its third week with teenager Amanda Anisimova and the resurgent Tennys Sandgren remaining at the top of the leaderboard. The men’s and women’s challenges conclude this week.

 

Anisimova, 15, still holds 118 points in the challenge after reaching back-to-back singles finals at the $80,000 USTA Pro Circuit event in Indian Harbour Beach, Fla., and the $60,000 USTA Pro Circuit event in Dothan, Ala. Victoria Duval and Caroline Dolehide—the only players who can surpass Anisimova in the standings—need to win the $60,000 event in Charleston, S.C., this week to earn the French Open wild card. Otherwise, Anisimova earns the wild card. Kristie Ahn, who is in second place in the standings, is not competing in Charleston.

 

Sandgren, continuing a successful comeback from hip surgery, reached the final of the $100,000 USTA Pro Circuit Challenger in Sarasota, Fla., two weeks ago and also qualified for the U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championships in Houston the week prior. Bjorn Fratangelo, who earned 32 points by qualifying and reaching the second round at the ATP event in Budapest, is now in second place, while Mitchell Krueger is in third place.

 

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 ranking points in a series of clay-court events this spring.

 

New this year for the men’s wild card challenge, USTA Player Development will now consider all American results worldwide for the wild card. Therefore, both USTA Pro Circuit tournaments and international ATP Tour and Challenger tournaments on any professional outdoor clay surface (Har-Tru or red) at prize money of $50,000 and above will be included. The women’s wild card challenge still consists of results earned at USTA Pro Circuit clay-court events over four weeks.

 

The USTA and the French Tennis Federation have a reciprocal agreement in which wild cards into the 2017 French Open and US Open are exchanged. Only Americans who did not otherwise earn direct entry into the French Open are eligible. In the event of a tie, the player with the best ATP or best WTA singles ranking on Monday, May 8, will be awarded the wild card.

 

The standings, as of May 1, and future tournaments can be found here (MEN’S STANDINGS; WOMEN’S STANDINGS). Men’s events include points in the main draw and qualifying, while women’s events include points in the main draw only. All players who have received direct entry into the 2017 French Open are not included in the standings.

 

All USTA Pro Circuit tournaments will be streamed live on www.procircuit.usta.com.

 

The USTA first used the 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. In 2013, Alex Kuznetsov and Shelby Rogers earned the wild cards, with Rogers winning her first-ever Grand Slam singles match at the French Open. In 2014, young American Taylor Townsend and veteran Robby Ginepri received the wild cards, with Townsend becoming a top storyline by reaching the Roland Garros third round. In 2015, young Americans Frances Tiafoe and Louisa Chirico secured the wild cards. Last year, Townsend and Bjorn Fratangelo earned the wild cards, with both players winning their first-round matches.

 

 

 

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USTA Roland Garros Wild Card Challenge Standings

Roland Garros Wild Card Challenge Standings
(as of April 24, 2017)

The Roland Garros Wild Card Challenge continued into its second week with teenager Amanda Anisimova and Tennys Sandgren staying at the top of the leaderboard.

Anisimova, 15, reached her second consecutive USTA Pro Circuit singles final this past weekend at the $60,000 event in Dothan, Ala., earning 48 points. The week prior, she also advanced to the final of the $80,000 USTA Pro Circuit event in Indian Harbour Beach, Fla., to earn 70 ranking points.

Sandgren reached the final of the $100,000 USTA Pro Circuit Challenger in Sarasota, Fla., yesterday to claim 55 points, falling to fellow American Frances Tiafoe in the final (Tiafoe already received direct entry into the French Open). The week prior, Sandgren also qualified for the U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championships in Houston to earn 12 points.

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 clay-court events this spring. The challenge began the week of April 10 and concludes the week of May 1.

New this year for the men’s wild card challenge, USTA Player Development will now consider all American results worldwide for the wild card. Therefore, both USTA Pro Circuit tournaments and international ATP Tour and Challenger tournaments on any professional outdoor clay surface (Har-Tru or red) at prize money of $50,000 and above will be included. The women’s wild card challenge will still consist of results earned at USTA Pro Circuit clay-court events over four weeks.

The USTA and the French Tennis Federation have a reciprocal agreement in which wild cards into the 2017 French Open and US Open are exchanged. Only Americans who did not otherwise earn direct entry into the French Open are eligible. In the event of a tie, the player with the best ATP or best WTA singles ranking on Monday, May 8, will be awarded the wild card.

The standings, as of April 24, and future tournaments can be found here (MEN’S STANDINGS; WOMEN’S STANDINGS). Men’s events include points in the main draw and qualifying, while women’s events include points in the main draw only. All players who have received direct entry into the 2017 French Open are not included in the standings. The entry lists for the French Open were released last week.

All USTA Pro Circuit tournaments will be streamed live on www.procircuit.usta.com.

The USTA first used the 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. In 2013, Alex Kuznetsov and Shelby Rogers earned the wild cards, with Rogers winning her first-ever Grand Slam singles match at the French Open. In 2014, young American Taylor Townsend and veteran Robby Ginepri received the wild cards, with Townsend becoming a top storyline by reaching the Roland Garros third round. In 2015, young Americans Frances Tiafoeand Louisa Chirico secured the wild cards. Last year, Townsend and Bjorn Fratangelo earned the wild cards, with both players winning their first-round matches.

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USTA Announces U.S. Teams to Compete in Wheelchair Tennis’ BNP Paribas World Team Cup

U.S. Teams to Compete in Wheelchair Tennis’

Premier International Team Competition, May 1-7, in Sardinia, Italy

 

Junior Team Looks to Retain Title; Quad Team Hopes to Regain Title and

 Women’s Team and Looks to Improve on Last Year’s Result

 

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., April 19, 2017 – The United States Tennis Association (USTA) today announced the players and coaches who will represent the United States at the 2017 BNP Paribas World Team Cup. The nation’s top wheelchair tennis players will compete against participants from around the globe, May 1-7, at the Baia di Conte and Alghero Tennis Club in Sardinia, Italy.

 

The World Team Cup is the ITF’s flagship wheelchair tennis event, often referred to as the Davis Cup and Fed Cup of wheelchair tennis. The inaugural event was held in California in 1985 involving six men’s teams. The women’s competition began the following year, with quad and junior events introduced in 1998 and 2000, respectively. The event has experienced continued growth since.

 

A total of 40 teams representing 29 countries will take part in the 2017 competition in Sardinia. Teams will compete in the women’s World Group (12 nations), quad event (8 teams) and junior event (8 teams). The event will take place on hard courts. After finishing outside the top twelve at last year’s event the men’s team was relegated to the World Team Cup qualifying event earlier this year in March in Quito, Ecuador.  After finishing as the runners-up to Brazil they will have to wait until 2018 for a shot to win the World Team Cup qualifying event to make it back into the World group. 

 

Representing the U.S. at the 2017 BNP Paribas World Team Cup will be:

 

Women’s Team

Paul Walker (Coach), Lakeland, Fla.

Dana Mathewson, San Diego

Mackenzie Soldan, Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Lauren Haneke-Hopps, San Diego

 

Quad Team

John Devorss (Coach), Salem, Ore.

Bryan Barten, Tucson, Ariz.

Nick Taylor, Wichita, Kan.

David Wagner, Hillsboro, Ore.

 

Junior Team

Jason Harnett (Coach), Orlando, Fla.

Conner Stroud, Spindale, N.C.

Joanna Nieh, New York

Nathan Melnyk, New York

 

Head Physio

Jenna Street, Colorado Springs, Colo.

 

Team Manager

Jason Allen, Orlando, Fla.

 

The U.S. junior team will look for the three-peat after winning titles in 2015 and 2016, but it will have to accomplish the feat without a few familiar faces. Returning member Conner Stroud will step into the lead role with his year’s group after Chris Herman and Casey Ratzlaff aged out of the junior division. Newcomers Joanna Nieh and Nathan Melnyk will look to add their names as World Team Cup champions.

 

The quad team will look to regain its title after a fifth-place finish last year. The team will be led by three-time Paralympic doubles gold medalists David Wagner and Nick Taylor and joined by two-time Paralympian Bryan Barten.

 

The U.S. women’s team will be led by 2016 Paralympian Dana Mathewson as it looks to improve on its eighth-place finish from last year.

 

The USTA was officially designated by the USOC as the national governing body for the Paralympic sport of wheelchair tennis in June 2002, becoming the first Olympic national governing body to earn this recognition. As the national governing body for wheelchair tennis, the USTA manages wheelchair tennis in the United States, including the sanctioning of tournaments, overseeing wheelchair rankings, creating and managing a High Performance program for developing elite disabled athletes, and selecting teams to compete internationally for the United States.

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Eight Junior Boys Named to 2017 USA National Junior Team


EIGHT JUNIOR BOYS NAMED TO 2017 TEAM USA NATIONAL JUNIOR TEAM

 

ORLANDO, Fla., April 19, 2017 – The USTA today announced that eight top junior boys qualified for the 2017 Team USA National Junior Team, a training program designed to give a collection of America’s best young players, born in either 2001 or 2002, opportunities to train together during the summer and travel to play against top junior competition from around the world. The girls’ team will be selected in May.

 

Seven of the eight players qualified for the team through a playoff, held this past weekend at the USTA National Campus at Lake Nona in Orlando, Fla. Players were invited for the playoff based on tournament results, USTA national or ITF world ranking.

 

2017 Team USA National Junior Team – Boys

Blaise Bicknell (15, Miami; Coach: Melville Spence)

Andrew Dale (15, Leesburg, Va.; Coach: Daryl Ahrens)

William Grant (16, Boca Raton, Fla.; Coach: Juan Viloca)

Cannon Kingsley (15, Northport, N.Y.; Coach: Alex Pop-Moldovan)

Alex Lee (15, Oak Brook, Ill.; Coach: Tom Lockhart)

*Govind Nanda (16, Cerritos, Calif.; Coach: Vahe Assadourian)

Marcus McDaniel (14, Vacaville, Calif.; Coach: Phil Cello)

Siem Woldeab (15, La Mesa, Calif.; Coach: Stan Jefferson)

 

*Automatically qualified before playoff based on set criteria.

 

USTA Player Development will provide the National Junior Team with training opportunities and coaching and travel assistance to select USTA National Championships and ITF junior tournaments throughout the summer, beginning with a hard-court training camp at the USTA National Campus June 11-15.

 

Bicknell is rated a five-star recruit in the Top 50 nationally of the Class of 2019 by TennisRecruiting.net. Dale is ranked No. 3 in the latest USTA Boys’ 16s national standings and recently reached the 16s singles final and semifinals of the USTA International Spring Championships and Easter Bowl, respectively. Grant is rated as TennisRecruiting.net’s No. 9 prospect nationally in the Class of 2019. Kingsley is ranked No. 5 in the USTA Boys’ 16s national standings and was a boys’ 16s semifinalist at the USTA National Winter Championships in January.

 

Lee was an Easter Bowl boys’ 16s quarterfinalist and is ranked No. 15 in the USTA Boys’ 16s national standings. Nanda, who automatically qualified for the team before the playoff through meeting previously determined ranking/result criteria, is on the team for the second straight year. Nanda is the No. 4-rated prospect in the Class of 2019 on TennisRecruiting.net and started playing this year primarily on the USTA Pro Circuit. McDaniel, the youngest player on this year’s team, is the No. 4-ranked player in the USTA Boys’ 14s national standings and is a five-star freshman on TennisRecruiting.net. Woldeab is the highest-ranked player on the team in the USTA Boys’ 16s national standings, at No. 2, after he just won the 16s singles title at the USTA International Spring Championships.

 

For full results from this weekend’s playoff, click here: Round Robin; Final Playoff.

 
 

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USTA Roland Garros Wild Card Challenge Begins April 10th

 

ROLAND GARROS WILD CARD CHALLENGE KICKS OFF NEXT WEEK

FOR AMERICAN MEN AND WOMEN TO COMPETE FOR A USTA WILD CARD

INTO THE 2017 FRENCH OPEN

 

Men’s Wild Card Challenge Now Includes ATP Tournaments

and Challenger-level Tournaments Worldwide;

Women’s Challenge Will Continue to Utilize USTA Pro Circuit Events

 

Wild Card Challenge Runs Through the Week of May 1

 

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., April 6, 2017 – The USTA today announced the return of the Roland Garros Wild Card Challenge, which utilizes pro tournaments to award wild cards into the French Open for American players. The challenge will be held over the next four weeks, kicking off the week of April 10 and concluding the week of May 1.

 

New this year for the men’s wild card challenge, USTA Player Development will now consider all American results worldwide for the wild card. Therefore, both USTA Pro Circuit tournaments and international ATP Tour and Challenger tournaments on any professional outdoor clay surface (Har-Tru or red) at prize money of $50,000 and above will be included. The women’s wild card challenge will still consist of results earned at USTA Pro Circuit clay-court events over the next four weeks.

 

The American man and American woman who earn the most ATP World Tour and WTA ranking points from their best two results during the four-week time period will earn main-draw wild cards into the French Open. Only Americans who did not otherwise earn direct entry into the French Open are eligible. In the event of a tie, the player with the best ATP or best WTA singles ranking on Monday, May 8, will be awarded the wild card.

 

The USTA and the French Tennis Federation have a reciprocal agreement in which wild cards into the 2017 French Open and US Open are exchanged.

 

All USTA Pro Circuit tournaments will be streamed live on www.procircuit.usta.com. This is the sixth consecutive year the USTA has used a wild card challenge format to award French Open wild cards for American players.

 

The Roland Garros Wild Card Challenge will consist of the following events:

 

Men’s Events

  • Week of April 10: Houston ATP 250, Marrakech ATP 250, San Luis Potosi $50,000, Barletta €43,000
  • Week of April 17: Monte Carlo Masters ATP 1000, Taipei $125,000, Qingdao $125,000, Sarasota, Fla. $100,000
  • Week of April 24: Barcelona ATP 500, Budapest ATP 250, Anning $150,000, Tallahassee $75,000, Francavilla €43,000
  • Week of May 1: Munich ATP 250, Estoril ATP 250, Istanbul ATP 250, Savannah, Ga. $75,000, Ostrava €64,000, Gimcheon $50,000

Women’s Events

  • Week of April 10: Indian Harbour Beach, Fla. $80,000
  • Week of April 17: Dothan, Ala. $60,000
  • Week of April 24: Charlottesville, Va. $60,000
  • Week of May 1: Charleston, S.C. $60,000

The USTA first used the 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. In 2013, Alex Kuznetsov and Shelby Rogers earned the wild cards, with Rogers winning her first-ever Grand Slam singles match at the French Open. In 2014, young American Taylor Townsend and veteran Robby Ginepri received the wild cards, with Townsend becoming a top storyline by reaching the Roland Garros third round. In 2015, young Americans Frances Tiafoe and Louisa Chirico secured the wild cards. Last year, Townsend and Bjorn Fratangelo earned the wild cards, with both players winning their first-round matches.

 

The 2017 French Open main draw will be held Sunday, May 28, to Sunday, June 11.

 

Information on the Roland Garros Wild Card Challenge will be available at www.procircuit.usta.com.

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Fanselow defeats Klahn to capture USTA Men’s Pro Tennis Championships of Calabasas title

 

CALABASAS, Calif., — Whether it was his serving, baseline attack or return game, Sebastian Fanselow of Germany could do little wrong during Sunday’s championship match of the USTA Men’s Pro Tennis Championships of Calabasas.

 

The 25-year-old Fanselow, a former standout at Pepperdine who now resides in Los Angeles, played almost flawlessly in defeating Bradley Klahn of Poway, Calif., 6-3, 6-2 at the Calabasas Tennis & Swim Center. Fanselow, who needed a little more than an hour to win the match, faced only one break point and won 75 percent of the points when putting his first serve in play.

 

Fanselow, who joins other notable stars like Michael Chang and Mark Philippoussis to win at Calabasas, secured his third ITF Futures title this year. It’s a trend Fanselow hopes can continue.

 

“I think 2017 has been a great year so far for me,” said Fanselow, whose other two tournament victories came in Jakarta, Indonesia in February. “By the wins you pick up you gain confidence. My confidence level now is very high.”

 

Fanselow, ranked No. 386, entered the tournament as the No. 4 seed and did not drop a set in his four matches. He maintained that high level of play on Sunday.

 

I felt I was able to execute fairly well and make (Klahn) feel uncomfortable for most of the match,” Fanselow said. “I think the biggest thing with him is to get his serve back and put as many balls in the court as possible off the return. I felt I was able to do that and once I got into the rally I had a bit of the upper hand today.”

 

The loss marked the second time Klahn has finished as the runner-up at Calabasas. The former Stanford star lost in the 2013 final to Sanam Singh of India.

 

For the 763rd-ranked Klahn, who was granted a wild card into the event, it was a disappointing loss following four impressive wins to reach the final. The 26-year-old left-hander, who was once ranked No. 63 in the world in 2014 and has played in the U.S. Open three times, is starting to find his winning form after missing most of the 2015 and 2016 seasons due to back surgery.

 

“I wasn’t able to get into my game plan like I had been in my previous four matches,” said Klahn as he spoke to the crowd just before the awards ceremony.

 

Klahn did bounce back from losing in the singles final to capture the doubles championship later in the afternoon. Playing alongside fellow American Connor Smith, the No. 4 seeds defeated No. 2 seeds Farris Fathi Gosea of Great Britain and Alex Lawson of the United States 6-4, 6-7 (5, 10-5.

 

 

Sunday’s Singles Final

 

Sebastian Fanselow (4), GER def. Bradley Klahn, USA (wc) 6-3, 6-2.

 

Sunday’s Doubles Final

Bradley Klahn, USA / Connor Smith (4), USA def. Farris Fathi Gosea, GBR / Alex Lawson (2), USA, 6-4, 6-7 (5), 10-5.

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Top seed McDonald rolls into semifinals at USTA Men’s Pro Tennis Championships of Calabasas

CALABASAS, Calif., — Mackenzie McDonald’s performance at this week’s USTA Men’s Pro Tennis Championships of Calabasas has been flawless for the most part, however the young American sputtered just briefly in his quarterfinal match on Friday afternoon.

 

McDonald, the No. 1 seed at the $25,000 Futures event, nonetheless had little trouble dispatching unseeded Daniel Nolan of Australia 6-2, 6-4 despite losing his serve in consecutive games. All in all it was another solid performance from the 21-year-old Californian, who has dropped just 11 games in his three matches.

 

Nolan felt pressured by McDonald from the opening game as the former UCLA standout took charge and eventually broke his 20-year-old opponent the first three times he served en route to grabbing a 5-0 lead. McDonald dropped serve trying to close out a 6-0 first set and in his first service game of the second set, but righted the ship and secured the victory in one hour and 12 minutes.

 

McDonald moves on to face No. 4 seed Sebastian Fanselow, a 6-3, 6-4 winner over No. 8 seed Jared Hiltzik, in Saturday’s semifinals. Fanselow, a former standout at Pepperdine, has also won his first three matches in straight sets.

 

Fanselow, a 25-year-old from Germany, raced to a 3-0 in the first set to take control and eventually got the key break he needed in the fifth game of the second set.

 

One of Friday’s closest matches involved wild-card entrant Bradley Klahn against a qualifier, Karue Sell of Jaragua du Sul, Brazil. Klahn, a former Stanford standout, prevailed 7-6 (2), 6-4.

 

Klahn and Sell put on a serving clinic in the first set, a set which saw both players never face a break point. Klahn proved the better player in the tiebreaker as the 27-year-old Californian took a 3-0 lead and finally win it 7-2.

 

Sell, who upset No. 2 seed Calvin Hemery of France on Wednesday, generated only one break-point opportunity in the match but failed to convert. Klahn only had two break-point chances, but cashed in on the first one he generated in the third game of the second set to create the lead he needed and secure his spot in the semifinals.

 

Klahn’s opponent in his Saturday semifinal will be No. 6 seed Marcos Giron, who defeated No. 3 seed Tommy Paul of Boca Raton, Fla., 6-4, 6-4. Giron, from nearby Thousand Oaks and the 2014 winner of this event, served 77 percent on his first serves and converted three of his 11 break-point chances.

 

There were also four quarterfinal doubles matches on Friday, highlighted by Americans Gonzalez Austin and Nathaniel Lammons knocking out No. 1 seeds Sergey Betov of Belarus  and Luis David Martinez of Venezuela 6-4, 7-5.

 

The No. 2 seeds, Farris Fathi Gosea of Great Britain and Alex Lawson of the United States, advanced to the semifinals with a 6-1, 7-6 (4) win over Americans Brandon Anandan and Clay Thompson.

 

 

 

Friday’s Quarterfinal Singles Scores

wc: wild card

Bradley Klahn, USA (wc) def. Karue Sell, BRA, 7-6 (2), 6-4.

Mackenzie McDonald (1), USA def. Daniel Nolan, AUS, 6-2, 6-4.

Sebastian Fanselow (4), GER def. Jared Hiltzik (8), USA, 6-3, 6-4.

Marcos Giron (6), USA def. Tommy Paul (3), USA, 6-4, 6-4.

 

 

Friday’s  Quarterfinal Doubles Scores

Bradley Klahn, USA / Connor Smith, USA def. Henry Craig, USA / Miles Seemann, USA, 6-4, 6-1.

Farris Fathi Gosea, GBR / Alex Lawson (2), USA def. Brandon Anadan, USA / Clay Thompson, USA, 6-1, 7-6 (4).

Gonzalez Austin, USA / Nathaniel Lammons, USA. def. Sergey Betov, BLR / Luis David Martinez (1), VEN, 6-4, 7-5 Marcos Giron, USA / Julian Lenz, GER def. Benjamin Hannestad, DEN / Hunter Reese, USA,  6-4, 7-5.

 

Saturday’s events include the semifinals along with a USTA Junior Team Tennis Kid’s Tennis Carnival from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

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