WHITE PLAINS, April 30, 2019 (USTA Press Release)
Tommy Paul or Tennys Sandgren will clinch a main draw wild card into the 2019 French Open this week by winning the men’s side of the USTA’s Roland Garros Wild Card Challenge at the ATP Challenger 80 event in Savannah, Ga.
Paul, 21 and ranked No. 143, is the current leader in the Challenge points standings, with 148. Sandgren, 27 and now ranked No. 93, is second, with 89. If Paul reaches the semifinals in Savannah, he would clinch the wild card. For Sandgren to get the wild card, Paul must lose before the semifinals and Sandgren must win the title in Savannah.
Seventeen-year old Whitney Osuigwe has the lead in the women’s side of the Challenge, with 115 points from winning the singles title at the W80 event in Charlottesville, Va., last week. The women’s Challenge window still has two more weeks to go, while this is the final week for the men.
Only Americans who did not otherwise earn direct entry into the French Open are eligible. Sandgren, while ranked No. 93 this week, was ranked outside of the direct-entry cutoff for the 2019 French Open two weeks ago, when the acceptance list for the main draw was released.
Should the player with the highest number of Challenge points earn direct entry into the French Open, the wild card will go to the next eligible American in the Challenge points standings. In the event of a tie, the player with the best ATP or best WTA singles ranking at the end of the four-week Challenge windows will earn the wild card.
The men’s side of the Challenge counts rankings points from each player’s best three results in the four-week window, while the women’s side of the Challenge counts each players’ points from their best two results.
The remaining events that count toward the Roland Garros Wild Card Challenge:
- Week of April 29: ATP Tour 250s (Estoril; Munich); ATP Challenger 110 (Bordeaux, France); USTA Pro Circuit / ATP Challenger 80 (Savannah, Ga.); ATP Challenger 80 (Ostrava, Czech Republic)
- Week of April 29: WTA Internationals (Prague; Rabat); USTA Pro Circuit / ITF World Tennis Tour W100 (Charleston, S.C.); ITF World Tennis Tour W60 (Wiesbaden, Germany)
- Week of May 6: WTA Premier Mandatory (Madrid); USTA Pro Circuit / ITF World Tennis Tour W100 (Bonita Springs, Fla.); ITF World Tennis Tour W100 (Cagnes-sur-Mer, France)
This is the eighth consecutive year the USTA has used a wild card challenge format to award French Open wild cards for American players. Previous Roland Garros Wild Card Challenge winners (and how they did at that year’s French Open) are below:
2018: Noah Rubin (1R); Taylor Townsend (2R)
2017: Tennys Sandgren (1R); Amanda Anisimova (1R)
2016: Bjorn Fratangelo (2R); Taylor Townsend (2R)
2015: Frances Tiafoe (1R); Louisa Chirico (1R)
2014: Robby Ginepri (1R); Taylor Townsend (3R)
2013: Alex Kuznetsov (1R); Shelby Rogers (2R)
2012: Brian Baker (2R); Melanie Oudin (2R)
The 2019 French Open main draw will be held Sunday, May 26, to Sunday, June 9.