Peyton Stearns, Patrick Kypson Lead Roland Garros Wild Card Challenge
ORLANDO, Fla., April 10, 2023 – Peyton Stearns and Patrick Kypson lead the Roland Garros Wild Card Challenge after Week 1, though Stearns likely played herself into direct entry for the French Open with her run to the final of the WTA 250 in Bogota, Colombia, last week.
The 21-year-old former NCAA singles champion is now ranked a career-high No. 89 after reaching her first WTA final, leaving the four players tied in second place as the effective leaders:
1. Peyton Stearns — 180
T2. Caroline Dolehide — 55
Bernarda Pera — 55
Sachia Vickery — 55
Hailey Baptiste — 55
The former USTA boys’ 18s national champion Kypson climbed to the top of the men’s standings after Week 1 by qualifying and reaching the semifinals of the Challenger in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. Kypson, 23, is now ranked No. 401.
1. Patrick Kypson — 34
T2. Steve Johnson — 20
Marcos Giron — 20
Denis Kudla — 20
The USTA and FFT have a reciprocal agreement in which main draw wild cards for the 2023 French Open and US Open will be exchanged.
Both the men’s and women’s wild cards will be awarded to the Americans with the most ranking points earned at a maximum of three clay-court tournaments during a five-week window for the women and a four-week window for the men. All red-clay and Har-Tru events at the 25 level and above, including WTA and ATP Tour events, will be included in the Challenge.
The last week of the men’s challenge is April 24. The last week of the women’s challenge is May 1.
Americans who otherwise earn direct entry into the French Open, or those who enter with a protected ranking, are not eligible, nor are players ranked in the ATP or WTA Top 50 at the start of the challenge. Should the player with the highest number of challenge points earn direct entry into the French 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 the Monday immediately following the challenge’s conclusion will earn the wild card.