Sebastian Korda Takes Lead in US Open Men’s Wild Card Challenge
Usue Arconada Still Leads Women’s Challenge
July 22, 2019 – Former Australian Open boys’ champion and world junior No. 1 Sebastian Korda took the lead in the US Open Men’s Wild Card Challenge in Week 2, reaching the final at the ATP Challenger 110 event in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan.
It was the first Challenger final appearance for the 19-year-old son of former Australian Open champion Petr Korda, and his 65 points earned put him firmly ahead of second-place Daniel Nguyen heading into Week 3. Korda has yet to play in the main draw of a Grand Slam, and his only pro appearance at the US Open was in qualifying in 2018.
Usue Arconada remains atop the women’s Challenge standings table. While Madison Brengle won the USTA Pro Circuit W60 event in Berkeley, Calif., last week over fellow American Kristie Ahn, Brengle earned direct acceptance into the US Open and doesn’t need the wild card.
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. 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 these remaining events:
- 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 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.