US OPEN WILD CARD CHALLENGE TO BEGIN THE WEEK OF JULY 8
Main Draw Wild Cards into 2019 US Open to be Awarded to Top-Performing
American Man and Woman over Five-Week Run of Hard-Court Events
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., June 25, 2019 – The US Open Wild Card Challenge, which utilizes hard-court pro tournaments to award an American man and woman a main draw wild card into the US Open, will kick off the week of July 8 for both men and women, with each side’s Challenge window lasting five weeks.
Both wild cards will go to the American with the highest cumulative total of ATP or WTA singles ranking points earned from their best three results during the five-week window. The men’s Challenge will include results from any professional hard-court event at the ATP Challenger level and above around the world, while the women’s Challenge includes results from WTA and USTA Pro Circuit / ITF World Tennis Tour events specified below. Both main draw and qualifying points earned count toward each player’s Challenge total.
Americans who otherwise earn direct entry into the US Open are not eligible, nor are players ranked in the ATP or WTA Top 50 on July 8. Should the player with the highest number of Challenge points earn direct entry into the US Open, the wild card will go to the next eligible American in the Challenge points standings. In the event of a tie, the player with the best ATP or best WTA singles ranking on August 12 will earn the wild card.
The US Open Wild Card Challenge will consist of the following events:
- Week of July 8: ATP Challenger Tour 80s (Winnetka, Ill.; Winnipeg, Canada)
- Week of July 15: ATP Challenger Tour 110 (Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan) and 80 (Gatineau, Canada)
- Week of July 22: BB&T Atlanta Open ATP 250; ATP Challenger Tour 90 (Granby, Canada) and 80 (Binghamton, N.Y.)
- Week of July 29: Citi Open ATP 500 (Washington, D.C.); ATP Tour 250 (Los Cabos, Mexico); ATP Challenger Tour 110 (Chengdu, China), 90 (Segovia, Spain), and 80 (Lexington, Ky.)
- Week of August 5: Rogers Cup ATP Masters 1000 (Montreal); ATP Challenger Tour 90 (Aptos, Calif.) and 80 (Yokkaichi, Japan)
- Week of July 8: ITF World Tennis Tour W60 (Honolulu, Hawaii)
- Week of July 15: ITF World Tennis Tour W60 (Berkeley, Calif.)
- Week of July 22: ITF World Tennis Tour W80 (Granby, Canada); ITF World Tennis Tour W60 (Ashland, Ky.)
- Week of July 29: Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic WTA Premier (San Jose); Citi Open WTA International (Washington, D.C.); ITF World Tennis Tour W60 (Lexington, Ky.)
- Week of August 5: Rogers Cup WTA Premier (Toronto); ITF World Tennis Tour W60 (Landisville, Pa.)
All USTA Pro Circuit tournaments will be streamed live on www.procircuit.usta.com. This is the eighth consecutive year the USTA has used a wild card challenge format to award US Open wild cards for American players. Previous US Open Wild Card Challenge winners (and how they did at that year’s US Open) are below:
2018: Bradley Klahn (1R), Asia Muhammad (1R)
2017: Tommy Paul (1R), Sofia Kenin (3R)
2016: Ernesto Escobedo (2R), Sofia Kenin (1R)
2015: Bjorn Fratangelo (1R), Samantha Crawford (1R)
2014: Wayne Odesnik (1R), Nicole Gibbs (3R)
2013: Bradley Klahn (2R), Shelby Rogers (1R)
2012: Steve Johnson (3R), Mallory Burdette (3R)
The 2019 US Open main draw will be held August 26 to September 8.