USTA Press Release, May 7, 2018
Noah Rubin, 22, of Long Island, N.Y., will make his main draw debut at this year’s French Open after winning the men’s Roland Garros Wild Card Challenge this weekend. Rubin earned the wild card by winning the $75,000 USTA Pro Circuit Challenger in Tallahassee, Fla., two weeks ago for his fourth ATP Challenger singles title, while also earning six ranking points in qualifying at the ATP event in Marrakech, Morocco last month.
Rubin has competed in the Australian Open and US Open main draws, winning matches in Melbourne in 2016 (as a wild card by winning the USTA Pro Circuit Australian Open Wild Card Challenge) and in 2017 (as a qualifier and facing Roger Federer in the second round). He competed in the 2014 US Open as a wild card as the Boys’ 18s national champion. As Top 10 junior player, Rubin reached the quarterfinals of the junior French Open in 2012 before winning the junior Wimbledon singles title in 2014. He is ranked No. 196 in the world.
Taylor Townsend, 22, of Atlanta, will make her fifth consecutive main draw appearance at the French Open by winning women’s wild card challenge. Townsend finished the wild card challenge with 230 points by winning her seventh and eighth career USTA Pro Circuit singles titles at the $80,000 events in Dothan, Ala. and Charleston, S.C. She went 16-2 in singles play over the course of this year’s wild card challenge. Townsend reached the third round of the French Open in 2014—her career-best Grand Slam result—with a win over No. 20 seed Alize Cornet and also won matches at Roland Garros in 2016-17. She is currently ranked a career-high No. 73 in the world and just missed direct entry for the French Open last month.
USTA Player Development awards a French Open main-draw wild card to one American man and one American woman who earn the most ATP World Tour and WTA Tour ranking points in a series of clay-court events this spring. For the men’s wild card challenge, USTA Player Development considered all American results worldwide for the wild card. Both USTA Pro Circuit tournaments and international ATP Tour and Challenger tournaments on any professional outdoor clay surface (Har-Tru or red) at prize money of $50,000 and above were included (qualifying and main draw points). The women’s wild card challenge consisted of results earned at four USTA Pro Circuit clay-court events over four weeks in the United States (main draw points only). The USTA and the French Tennis Federation have a reciprocal agreement in which wild cards into the 2018 French Open and US Open are exchanged.
The final standings can be found here.