The USA Open introduced its wild-card choices on Tuesday, confirming that Wimbledon’s breakout big name, Coco Gauff, have been selected for the match’s primary draw.
Gauff, 15, might be making her 2d look in a Grand Slam primary draw when she competes in Queens later this month.
Wild playing cards permit gamers who don’t have sufficient ratings issues to realize access into the primary draw of an match with out competing in its qualifying match. The Grand Slam tournaments distribute their wild playing cards in some way that promotes gamers from the host nation.
After changing into the youngest qualifier in Wimbledon historical past, Gauff introduced her arrival at the tennis scene remaining month with a first-round victory over Venus Williams, a five-time Wimbledon singles champion. Gauff adopted that win with victories over two veterans, Magdalena Rybarikova and Polona Hercog, prior to shedding within the fourth around to Simona Halep, the eventual champion.
Some other U.S. Open wild card spot went to Caty McNally, 17, who reached the semifinals on the Citi Open in Washington this month and likewise won the doubles title there with Gauff.
Gauff, who is ranked 140th in the world, has not played since Washington because of WTA limits on the number of tournaments young players can enter, but she will play an exhibition match next week against Ashleigh Barty, the world No. 2, in Winston-Salem, N.C.
Two other 17-year-old Americans, Whitney Osuigwe and Katie Volynets, the national junior champion, received wild cards, as did Francesca Di Lorenzo, 22, and Kristie Ahn, 27, both also Americans.
Notably left out was 135th-ranked Nicole Gibbs, 26, who returned to the tour this summer after receiving treatment for oral cancer.
Two so-called reciprocal wild cards went to the 2011 U.S. Open champion, Samantha Stosur, 35, of Australia, who is now ranked 131st, and to Diane Parry of France, 16.
Reciprocal wild cards are the result of agreements among the United States Tennis Association and the Australian and French tennis federations. Each gives two of its Grand Slam wild cards, one for women and one for men, to the others.
On the men’s side at the U.S. Open, wild cards went to several American players: Ernesto Escobedo, Bjorn Fratangelo, Marcos Giron, Christopher Eubanks, Jack Sock and Zachary Svajda, the national junior champion.
Sock, ranked 176th, has not won a match in singles this year. He will be playing for the fourth time since returning from an operation on his right thumb.
The omission of 112th-ranked Tommy Paul, 22, was once one of the best marvel at the males’s aspect. Paul, ranked dozens of spots forward of different American citizens who won wild playing cards, has been probably the most nation’s maximum constant younger gamers this yr, mountaineering greater than 200 spots within the ratings over the past 12 months.
The French males’s reciprocal wild card went to Antoine Hoang, 23, who reached the 3rd around on the French Open this yr. The lads’s reciprocal wild card for Australia has no longer been decided on, in all probability a results of turmoil within the ranks of Australian males’s tennis.
Andy Murray, the 2012 U.S. Open singles champion, withdrew from wild-card attention after the match didn’t lengthen the timetable for pronouncing its alternatives. Murray, 32, who has been making a gradual comeback from hip surgical procedure, will compete in males’s doubles and combined doubles with companions but to be decided.