Former Champion Wawrinka Headlines US Open Men’s Wild Card Recipients

NEW YORK, August 14, 2018 (Press Release)

The USTA today announced that former US Open champion Stan Wawrinka, Americans Tim SmyczekMichael MmohNoah Rubin, 2018 USTA Boys’ 18s National Champion Jenson Brooksby and US Open Wild Card Challenge winner Bradley Klahn have been awarded men’s singles main draw wild cards into the 2018 US Open. Nineteen-year old Frenchman Corentin Moutet was awarded a main draw wild card by the French Tennis Federation as part of its reciprocal agreement with the USTA, and Tennis Australia awarded its reciprocal agreement main draw wild card to Jason Kubler.

The 2018 US Open main draw will be played Aug. 27-Sept. 9 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y. Both the men’s and women’s singles champions this year will earn $3.8 million.

Wawrinka, 33, of Switzerland, is a three-time Grand Slam champion, winning the US Open in 2016. The former world No. 3 is currently in the midst of a comeback from a knee injury that forced him to miss the opportunity to defend his title in 2017. Wawrinka has won 16 career titles, including victories at Roland Garros in 2015 and Wimbledon in 2014. He is currently ranked No. 151.

Smyczek, 30, of Milwaukee, Wis., is making his seventh appearance in the US Open main draw. Once ranked as high as world No. 68, he is currently ranked No. 108. He reached the semifinals of the ATP 250 event in Newport, R.I., earlier this summer, as well as the second round of the Australian Open in January.

Mmoh, 20, of Bradenton, Fla., is ranked No. 133. He is making his second US Open main draw appearance after receiving a wild card in 2016 for winning the singles title at the USTA Boys’ 18s National Championships. He earned his first two ATP-level wins at the ATP event in Brisbane, Australia in January. This summer, Mmoh qualified for the main draw at Wimbledon and reached the quarterfinals of the ATP 250 event in Los Cabos, Mexico.

Rubin, 22, of Long Island, N.Y., is currently ranked a career-best No. 139. He returns to the US Open main draw for the second time, after receiving a wild card in 2014 as the USTA Boys’ 18s national champion, the same year he won the Wimbledon boys’ singles title. Rubin’s 2018 season includes a title at the $75,000 USTA Pro Circuit Challenger in Tallahassee, Fla., which clinched him the Roland Garros Wild Card Challenge and a berth in the French Open main draw.

Brooksby, 17, of Sacramento, Calif., earned the wild card allotted to the USTA Boys’ 18s national champion. He has been successful at nearly every rung of USTA junior competition, having won the 12s national singles title, been the runner-up at the 16s level, and won the 18s singles title at the prestigious Easter Bowl junior tournament earlier this year. Brooksby is committed to play college tennis at Texas Christian University.

Klahn, 27, of Poway, Calif., is a former NCAA champion and currently ranked No. 102. He made his last appearance in the main draw of the US Open in 2014, the year he rose to No. 63 in the world. Multiple back surgeries then kept him out of the game from February 2015 to November 2016, during which he contemplated retirement, before eventually returning to competition on the USTA Pro Circuit. He qualified and reached the second round at Wimbledon this summer, marking his first Grand Slam main draw appearance since 2014.

Moutet, 19, of Boulogne-Billancourt, received his wild card as part of the USTA’s reciprocal agreement with the French Tennis Federation that allowed Noah Rubin to make his Grand Slam main draw debut at Roland Garros this year. Moutet is ranked No. 112.

Kubler, 25, of Brisbane, received his wild card as part of the USTA’s reciprocal agreement with Tennis Australia, which allowed Tim Smyczek to play in January’s Australian Open. He is ranked No. 109.

The USTA also announced the nine men who have been awarded wild card entries into the US Open Qualifying Tournament, which will be held Aug. 21-24 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center as the anchor event of US Open Fan Week, a series of events and activations taking place both at the grounds of the US Open as well as at the US Open Experience at Brookfield Place, in Manhattan.

Donald Young (29, Atlanta), the former world No. 36, is joined by former collegians Chris Eubanks (22, Atlanta), a two-time All-American at Georgia Tech; JC Aragone (23, Yorba Linda, Calif.), a three-time national champion at the University of Virginia, who utilized a 2017 US Open qualifying wild card to reach his first-career Grand Slam main draw; Martin Redlicki (22, Boca Raton, Fla.), a two-time NCAA doubles champion; Dennis Novikov (24, San Jose, Calif.), who played two seasons at UCLA and is trying to reach the US Open main draw for the first time since 2012, and Tom Fawcett (22, Winnetka, Ill.), a three-time All-American at Stanford University and the winner of the 2017 American Collegiate Invitational.Ulises Blanch (20, Pompano Beach, Fla.), the former world No. 2 junior player, Sebastian Korda (18, Bradenton, Fla.), the reigning Australian Open boys’ singles champion, andBrandon Nakashima (17, San Diego), the 2018 USTA Boys’ 18s National Championships runner-up, round out the qualifying wild cards.

Wild card for Azarenka and Kuznetsova

World No. 1 Victoria Azarenka, 2004 US Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova and rising American teenagers Amanda Anisimova and Claire Liu will receive main draw wild card entries into the US Open, joining USTA Girls’ 18s National ChampionWhitney Osuigwe and US Open Wild Card Challenge winner Asia Muhammad as main draw wild card recipients. France’s Harmony Tan and one Australian woman to be announced at a later date will also receive US Open main draw wild cards, by virtue of the wild card exchange agreements between the USTA and those two Grand Slam nations.

Azarenka, 29, of Belarus, is a two-time US Open finalist (2012-13) and a two-time Australian Open champion. She’s won 20 career WTA singles titles and is currently ranked No. 87.

Kuznetsova, 33, of Russia, won her first of two Grand Slam singles titles at the US Open in 2004, at 19 years old. Currently ranked No. 88, she’s a former world No. 2 and won her 18th WTA title this summer in Washington, D.C.

Anisimova, 16, of Aventura, Fla., is the second-youngest player ranked in the Top 200, at No. 173, and the 2017 US Open girls’ singles champion. She earned her first Top-10 win this year by defeating No. 9 Petra Kvitova to reach the fourth round at Indian Wells.

Liu, 18, of Thousand Oaks, Calif., is a former junior world No. 1 and the 2017 Wimbledon girls’ singles champion. Currently ranked No. 158, she qualified for the 2017 US Open and Wimbledon this summer, where she reached the second round and pushed eventual champion Angelique Kerber to three-sets.

Osuigwe, 16, of Bradenton, Fla., won the USTA Billie Jean King Girls’ 18s National Championship and will make her US Open main draw debut. Osuigwe won the French Open girls’ singles title in 2017 and was the world No. 1 junior.

Muhammad, 27, of Las Vegas, won the US Open Wild Card Challenge to earn her first US Open singles main draw appearance in 10 years. Currently ranked No. 217, Muhammad reached the US Open doubles quarterfinals with Taylor Townsend in 2016.

Tan, 20, will make her Grand Slam main draw debut after winning the French Federation’s wild card playoff. The USTA and French Federation exchanged main draw wild cards into the French and US Opens this year for one man and woman from the opposite country. American Taylor Townsend earned the reciprocal wild card into Roland Garros this year, where she reached the second round.

The USTA and Tennis Australia have the same arrangement with the 2018 US and Australian Opens. The Australian women’s wild card recipient will be announced at a later date.

The USTA also announced the nine women who have been awarded wild card entries into the US Open Qualifying Tournament, which will be held Aug. 21-24 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, as the anchor event of US Open Fan Week, a series of events and activations taking place both at the grounds of the US Open as well as at the US Open Experience at Brookfield Place, in Manhattan.

The recipients are: Kayla Day (18, Santa Barbara, Calif.), the USTA Girls’ 18s runner-up and 2016 US Open girls’ singles champion; Coco Gauff (14, Delray Beach, Fla.), the junior world No. 1 and reigning French Open girls’ singles champion who was the youngest-ever girls’ singles finalist at the US Open last year; Caty McNally (16, Cincinnati), the 2018 French Open girls’ singles finalist and doubles champion; Ashley Kratzer (19, Newport Beach, Calif.), the 2017 USTA Girls’ 18s national champion; Ann Li (18, Devon, Pa.), the 2017 Wimbledon girls’ finalist; Bethanie Mattek-Sands (33, Rochester, Minn.), a five-time Grand Slam doubles champion, including the 2016 US Open doubles champion; Jessica Pegula(24, Buffalo, N.Y.), who nearly won the US Open Wild Card Challenge this summer; Danielle Lao (17, Arcadia, Calif.), a former All-American at USC; and Gail Brodsky (27, Brooklyn), the 2008 USTA Girls’ 18s national champion and now mother of two who returned to professional tennis this year and also nearly won the US Open Wild Card Challenge.