See the Future: USTA Playoff for U.S. French Open Wildcards
Posted on April 27, 2009
The USTA is hosting a playoff this week to award a men's and a women's singles main draw wildcard to the 2009 French Open. The men's wildcard tournament will take place on the claycourts of the Boca West Country Club in Boca Raton, Fla., April 28-30. The women's wildcard tournament will be held April 29-May 2 at the same location. The USTA and the French Tennis Federation have a reciprocal agreement in which wildcard entries into the main draw at the 2009 French Open and 2009 US Open are exchanged.
Eight players are scheduled to compete for the men's wildcard: John Isner, 24, of Tampa, Fla.; Scoville Jenkins, 22, of Atlanta; Evan King, 17, of Chicago; Jesse Levine, 21 of Boca Raton, Fla.; Michael McClune, 19, of Irvine, Calif.; Nathan Pasha, 16, of Atlanta; Rhyne Williams, 18, of Knoxville, Tenn.; and Donald Young, 19, of Atlanta.
Eleven players will compete for the women's wildcard: Kristie Ahn, 16, of Upper Saddle River, N.J.; Gail Brodsky, 17, of Brooklyn, N.Y.; Beatrice Capra, 17, of Ellicott City, Md.; Lauren Embree, 18, of Marco Island, Fla.; Nicole Gibbs, 16, of Manhattan Beach, Calif.; Madison Keys, 14, of Boca Raton, Fla.; Christine McHale, 16, of Englewood Cliffs, N.J.; Asia Muhammad, 18, of Henderson, Nev.; Sloane Stephens, 16, of Fresno, Calif.; Stacey Tan, 17, of Lakewood, Calif.; and CoCo Vandeweghe, 17, of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.
Both tournaments will be in a knock-out format, the seedings of which will be determined by today's ATP World Tour and Sony Ericsson WTA rankings. Isner and McHale won similar events last December to earn main draw wildcards into the 2009 Australian Open.
Isner is a favorite to also grab the French Open wildcard, coming off a tournament win at the Tallahassee (Fla.) Challenger where he beat Young in the final.