August 29, 2015

2015 US Open Men’s and Women’s Wildcards Announced

FLUSHING, N.Y., August 18, 2015 – The USTA today announced that rising 19-year old Louisa Chirico, 2012 US Open girls’ champion Samantha Crawford, two-time NCAA singles champion Nicole Gibbs, 2015 USTA Girls’ 18s National Champion Sofia Kenin, 2015 NCAA singles champion Jamie Loeb, former world No. 30 Bethanie Mattek-Sands and 2013 USTA Girls’ 18s National Champion Sachia Vickery have been awarded women’s singles main draw wild card entries into the 2015 US Open, as well as Oceane Dodin, of France.

 

The 2015 US Open will be played August 31-September 13 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y. Both the men’s and women’s singles champions this year will earn $3.3 million, with the ability to earn an additional $1 million in bonus prize money – for a total $4.3 million potential payout – based on their performances in the Emirates Airline US Open Series.

 

Chirco, 19, of Harrison, N.Y., ranked No. 119, is a former Wimbledon and French Open girls’ semifinalist who made her Grand Slam main draw debut at the 2015 French Open after winning the Har-Tru USTA Pro Circuit Wild Card Challenge. She reached her first WTA quarterfinal this summer in Washington, D.C.

 

Crawford, 20, of Atlanta, ranked No. 220, won the 2012 US Open girls’ singles title and will compete in the US Open main draw for the second time after winning the USTA Pro Circuit’s US Open Wild Card Challenge this summer. Crawford qualified for the 2014 US Open after receiving a qualifying wild card.

 

Gibbs, 22, of Santa Monica, Calif., ranked No. 117, reached the third round of the 2014 US Open after earning a wild card entry through the USTA’s US Open Wild Card Challenge. Gibbs won consecutive NCAA women’s singles titles at Stanford in 2012-13, becoming just the fifth player in history to do so.

 

Kenin, 16, of Pembroke Pines, Fla., is the 2015 USTA Girls’ 18s National Champion. Kenin is a Top-10 world-ranked junior who won the prestigious Orange Bowl Junior Championship in December.

 

Loeb, 20, of Ossining, N.Y., is the 2015 NCAA women’s singles champion, who recently completed her sophomore year at the University of North Carolina. Loeb is a former standout junior who has gone 84-9 in her two collegiate seasons. She won the inaugural American Collegiate Invitational at last year’s US Open.

 

Mattek-Sands, 30, of Phoenix, is a former world No. 30, currently ranked No. 99, who this year qualified and reached the third round at Wimbledon, in addition to winning doubles titles at the French and Australian Opens. She is making her 14th appearance in the US Open singles main draw.

 

Vickery, 20, of Hollywood, Fla., is currently ranked No. 137 after a grass-court season in which she qualified for Wimbledon and reached the quarterfinals at the WTA event in Nottingham. Vickery won the USTA Girls’ 18s national title in 2013 and advanced to the second round of the US Open with the accompanying wild card.

 

Dodin, 18, received her wild card through a reciprocal agreement with the French Tennis Federation. She is ranked No. 133

 

In addition to the eight US Open women’s singles main draw wild cards, the USTA also announced the eight women who have been awarded wild card entries into the US Open Qualifying Tournament, which will be held August 25-28 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. One additional US Open qualifying wild card will be awarded to the winner of the 2015 US Open National Playoffs – Women’s Championship, taking place August 21-24 in New Haven, Conn.

 

Players receiving US Open qualifying wild cards are: 2015 Intercollegiate Tennis Association National Player of the Year Robin Anderson (22, Matawan, N.J.); current world No. 7 junior Usue Arconada (16, College Park, Md.); 2015 USTA Girls’ 18s runner-up and 2013 US Open junior finalist Tornado Alicia Black (17, Boca Raton, Fla.); Vicky Duval (19, Bradenton, Fla.), the breakout star of the 2013 US Open who recently returned to competition following a year-long recovery from Hodgkin’s Lymphoma; 2015 USTA Girls’ 18s semifinalist Raveena Kingsley (17, Fulton, Md.); top 15-year old Claire Liu (Thousand Oaks, Calif.); Jessica Pegula (21, Buffalo, N.Y.); and Bernarda Pera (20, North Haledon, N.J.).

 

On the men’s side:

The USTA today announced that top 18-year old Jared Donaldson, 2011 French Open boys’ champion Bjorn Fratangelo, 2012 Olympian Ryan Harrison, former Texas A&M All-American Austin Krajicek, 2015 NCAA champion Ryan Shane and 2015 USTA Boys’ 18s National Champion Frances Tiafoe have been awarded men’s singles main draw wild card entries into the 2015 US Open, along with 2001 US Open champion Lleyton Hewitt, of Australia, and Pierre-Hughes Herbert, of France.

 

The 2015 US Open will be played August 31-September 13 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y. Both the men’s and women’s singles champions this year will earn $3.3 million, with the ability to earn an additional $1 million in bonus prize money – for a total $4.3 million potential payout – based on their performances in the Emirates Airline US Open Series.

 

Donaldson, 18, of Chepachet, R.I., is one of only four players ages 18 or younger ranked inside the ATP Top 200, at No. 153. He won his first Challenger title in February, at the $50,000 USTA Pro Circuit tournament in Maui, and recently qualified and advanced to the second round of the BB&T Atlanta Open.

 

Fratangelo, 22, of Pittsburgh, currently ranked No. 106, will make his Grand Slam main draw debut after winning the USTA Pro Circuit’s US Open Wild Card Challenge with his results at recent USTA Pro Circuit Challengers this summer. Fratangelo, who is named after Bjorn Borg, won the 2011 French Open boys’ singles title, becoming the first American to do so since John McEnroe in 1977.

 

Harrison, 23, of Austin, Texas, is currently ranked No. 126. He competed for the U.S. in the 2012 London Olympics and reached a career-high No. 43 in the world that summer. He reached his seventh ATP World Tour semifinal at Acapulco in February.

 

Krajieck, 25, of Tampa, Fla., is ranked No. 113 after advancing to the final at the USTA Pro Circuit $100,000 Challenger in Aptos, Calif., last week. Krajicek has won two Challenger titles, the second coming this May, since graduating in 2011 from Texas A&M, where he was a four-time All-American.

 

Shane, 21, of Falls Church, Va., is the 2015 NCAA singles champion and a rising senior at the University of Virginia. He went 36-8 in singles matches during his junior season.

 

Tiafoe, 17, of College Park, Md., is the 2015 USTA Boys’ 18s National Champion, currently ranked No. 271. He is a former world No. 2-ranked junior who made his Grand Slam main-draw debut at the 2015 French Open after winning the Har-Tru USTA Pro Circuit Wild Card Challenge.

 

Hewitt, 34, received his wild card through a reciprocal agreement with Tennis Australia, which will grant an American a wild card into the 2016 Australian Open. The 2001 US Open champion Hewitt, now ranked No. 162, will make his 15th appearance in Flushing Meadows, where he was also the runner-up in 2004.

 

Herbert, 24, received his wild card through a reciprocal agreement with the French Tennis Federation. He is ranked No. 139 and recently qualified and reached the second round at Wimbledon.

 

In addition to the eight US Open men’s singles main draw wild cards, the USTA also announced the eight men who have been awarded wild card entries into the US Open Qualifying Tournament, which will be held August 25-28 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. One additional US Open qualifying wild card will be awarded to the winner of the 2015 US Open National Playoffs – Men’s Championship, taking place August 21-24 in New Haven, Conn.

 

Players receiving US Open qualifying wild cards are: current world No. 1 junior and 2015 French Open boys’ finalist Taylor Fritz (17, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.); 2015 USTA Boys’ 18s runner-up and 2014 Wimbledon and Australian Open finalist Stefan Kozlov (17, Pembroke Pines, Fla.); former Top-5 world-ranked junior Mitchell Krueger (21, Fort Worth, Texas), who reached the quarterfinals or better at three straight USTA Pro Circuit Challengers this summer; 2014 NCAA singles champion Marcos Giron (22, Thousand Oaks, Calif.), who earned his qualifying wild card by winning the American Collegiate Invitational at last year’s US Open; current world No. 3 junior Michael Mmoh (17, Bradenton, Fla.); 2015 Wimbledon boys’ champion Reilly Opelka (17, Palm Coast, Fla.); 2015 French Open boys’ champion Tommy Paul (18, Greenville, N.C.); 2015 NCAA singles finalist and 2014 USTA Boys’ 18s National Champion Noah Rubin (19, Rockville Centre, N.Y.).

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Juan Martin del Potro Leads List of Wildcards into BNP Paribas Open

 

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INDIAN WELLS, Calif., March 4, 2015 – Former World No. 4 and Grand Slam Champion Juan Martin del Potro, Americans Tim Smyczek, Ryan Harrison, Denis Kudla, Austin Krajicek, Nicole Gibbs, Taylor Townsend, Grace Min, Louisa Chirico, Sachia Vickery and Bethanie Mattek-Sands; and teenage rising star Donna Vekic were all granted wildcards into the main draws of the BNP Paribas Open, to be held March 9-22 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, it was announced today by Tournament Director Steve Simon.

 

 

Argentina’s del Potro, who won the 2009 US Open, reached the quarterfinals of Sydney this year, and is rebounding from left wrist surgery on January 19 of this year. This will be his first tournament since Sydney, and he has played in Indian Wells five times with his best result coming in 2013 when he reached the finals.

 

 

In addition, ten Americans have been granted wildcards into the main draws including Smyczek, who battled Rafael Nadal in a four-hour long, five-set second round match at the Australian Open in January, where he was lauded for allowing Nadal to replay a serve late in the match after a disruption from the crowd; Harrison, who reached a ranking of 43 in the world in 2012 and reached the semifinals in Acapulco last week; Kudla, who reached a career-high ranking of No. 90 last summer; Krajicek, who reached his first ATP World Tour quarterfinal in Memphis in February; Gibbs, who reached the third round of the US Open and quarterfinals at Seoul last year; Townsend, who reached the third round of last year’s French Open; Min, who reached the semifinals at Bad Gastein last year, and is currently at a career-high ranking on No. 97 in the world; Chirico, who has four ITF titles, two singles and two doubles; Vickery, who reached the second round of the 2013 US Open; and Mattek-Sands, who reached the third round at this year’s Australian Open in singles and captured the doubles title with Lucie Safarova.

 

 

One other international player receiving a wildcard into the main draw is 18-year old Croatian Vekic, who won the first WTA title of her career at Kuala Lumpur last season. The last women’s wildcard was awarded earlier this year to World No. 1 and two-time BNP Paribas Open Champion Serena Williams.

 

 

“This year’s BNP Paribas Open main draw wildcards add more depth to our already talented fields with Grand Slam Champions Juan Martin del Potro and Serena Williams,” said Simon. “They also provide young American stars like Ryan Harrison, Nicole Gibbs and Taylor Townsend, the opportunity to compete at the BNP Paribas Open.”

 

 

Qualifying wildcards were given to Americans Mackenzie McDonald, Taylor Fritz, Julia Boserup, Maria Sanchez, Tornado Black, Allie Kiick, Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-Wei and Germany’s Yannick Hanfmann.

 

 

McDonald is a 19-year old at UCLA who at Cincinnati in 2013 became the first unranked teenager to qualify for an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament since Sergio Casal (1995, Miami); 17-year-old San Diego resident Taylor Fritz advanced to the quarterfinals at the Australian Open Junior Championships this January; Boserup has captured two ITF singles titles in her career; Sanchez is a former USC standout and top-ranked collegiate singles player who turned pro in 2011; sixteen-year-old Black has already won two ITF singles titles and earned her highest career ranking in 2014; Kiick made her way inside the top 150 in 2014; Hsieh reached World No. 23 in 2013, making her the highest ranked Taiwanese female singles player ever, and captured the doubles title in 2014 at the BNP Paribas Open; and Hanfmann was No. 1 in both singles and doubles during the 2013-2014 USC tennis season, and helped his team to the 2014 NCAA Championship.

 

 

In addition to the aforementioned qualifying wildcards, the men’s and women’s winners of the BNP Paribas Open Challenge, the pre-qualifying event for the tournament taking place March 2-7, will also be granted a berth into the 2015 BNP Paribas Open qualifying draw, which starts March 9 for the women, and on March 10 for the men.

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