Coco Gauff will get an opportunity to attempt for an encore: The 15-year-old from Florida acquired a wild-card entry Tuesday for the U.S. Open’s fundamental draw.
It is going to be Gauff’s second Grand Slam match. She made a magical run to the fourth spherical at Wimbledon final month after getting a wild card into the qualifying rounds there.
Ranked simply 313th on the time, Gauff turned the youngest participant to qualify for Wimbledon, upset five-time champion Venus Williams within the first spherical and wound up dropping on the All England Membership to eventual title winner Simona Halep.
Gauff is at present No. 140 within the WTA rankings. She initially made a mark at age 13 by changing into the youngest U.S. Open junior finalist in historical past; she gained the French Open junior title at 14.
Age restrictions arrange by the ladies’s skilled tour restrict the variety of tournaments somebody who’s 15 can enter and the variety of wild-card invites she might be supplied – and Gauff already has accepted three wild playing cards elsewhere. However in accordance with the WTA, the U.S. Tennis Affiliation – which runs a Grand Slam match, and so is just not overseen by the WTA or ATP excursions – primarily can select to disregard the eligibility rule and provide Gauff a wild card.
“I wish to thank the USTA for the chance to take part in my house slam,” Gauff stated in a press release emailed by her agent. “I sit up for enjoying my first fundamental draw on the U.S. Open.”
Among the many different gamers receiving wild playing cards from the USTA on Tuesday for the ladies’s discipline at Flushing Meadows in New York Metropolis have been 2011 U.S. Open champion Sam Stosur – an Australian who was granted that nation’s reciprocal berth – and 17-year-old Caty McNally, an American who gained the doubles title with Gauff and reached the singles semifinals on the Citi Open in Washington this month.
Gauff and McNally have stated they plan to play doubles collectively at Flushing Meadows; that occasion’s wild-card entries shall be introduced later. The pair gained the U.S. Open junior doubles trophy collectively a yr in the past.
The draw for the U.S. Open is Aug. 22, and play within the yr’s final main tennis match begins Aug. 26.
Different girls’s wild playing cards went to Francesca Di Lorenzo, Whitney Osuigwe, Kristie Ahn and Katie Volynets of the U.S., together with 16-year-old Diane Parry of France, who obtained her nation’s reciprocal invitation.
Di Lorenzo, a 22-year-old from Ohio, is a previous NCAA doubles champion now ranked 128th. Osuigwe, a 17-year-old from Florida, gained a French Open junior title and is ranked 105th. Ahn, a 27-year-old from New Jersey, completed first within the USTA’s wild-card problem, whereas Volynets, a 17-year-old from California, gained the 18s nationwide championship.
9 wild playing cards for ladies’s qualifying have been additionally awarded, together with to five-time Grand Slam doubles champion Bethanie Mattek-Sands, 14-year-old Reese Brantmeier of Wisconsin, Vicky Duval, Shelby Rogers and Pan Am Video games medalist Caroline Dolehide.
Juan Martin del Porto, the 2009 U.S. Open champion, pulled out of the match Tuesday as a result of he’s nonetheless recovering from surgical procedure on his proper kneecap. That allowed Denis Kudla, a 26-year-old from Virginia who was the highest-ranked man to overlook out on making the sphere through direct acceptance, to get into the principle draw simply hours after he was introduced as a wild-card recipient.
So the USTA introduced that Kudla’s wild card would now go to Chris Eubanks, a 23-year-old from Georgia. Others moving into the principle draw embrace People Jack Sock, Bjorn Fratangelo, Marcos Giron, USTA wild-card problem winner Ernesto Escobedo and 18s nationwide champion Zachary Svajda, together with Antoine Hoang, who obtained France’s reciprocal entry. The Australian federation has not introduced who will get its males’s wild-card invitation.
Males awarded wild playing cards for qualifying embrace Sebastian Korda, the son of 1998 Australian Open champion Petr Korda, in addition to final yr’s 18s nationwide champion, Jenson Brooksby.