NEW YORK, August 18, 2021 (USTA Press Release)
The USTA today announced that rising young Americans Jenson Brooksby, Brandon Nakashima and Emilio Nava as well as former world No. 8 Jack Sock and Ernesto Escobedo received main draw wild cards into the 2021 US Open, alongside NCAA singles champion Sam Riffice and USTA Boys’ 18s national champion Zachary Svajda. Australian Max Purcell will receive a main draw wild card as part of a reciprocal agreement.
The 2021 US Open will be played August 30-September 12 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y.
Brooksby, 20, of Sacramento, Calif., has enjoyed a breakout season in 2021 and recently broke into the ATP Top 100, currently ranked a career-best No. 99. He has won three ATP Challenger Tour titles this year, reached his first ATP Tour final at the US Open Series’ Hall of Fame Open in Newport, R.I., earlier this summer and reached the semifinals of the Citi Open in Washington, D.C., an ATP 500 event.
Nakashima, 20, of San Diego, also achieved his career-high ranking this week, coming in at No. 86 after a remarkable summer that saw him reach back-to-back ATP Tour finals in Los Cabos, Mexico and Atlanta. He qualified for the main draw of Wimbledon and added his second ATP Challenger Tour title earlier this year.
Nava, 19, of Los Angeles, is currently ranked No. 381, a career-best. He was the boys’ singles finalist at the 2019 US Open, the last time the junior competition was held. He also reached the boys’ singles final at the 2019 Australian Open and is a two-time junior Grand Slam doubles finalist. He earned his first professional title earlier this year at an ITF World Tennis Tour M15 event in La Nucia, Spain.
Sock, 28, of Charlotte, N.C., is currently ranked No. 185 but has been ranked as high as No. 8 in the world. Battling back after a number of injuries, Sock reached his first ATP Tour quarterfinal since 2018 at the Hall of Fame Open earlier this summer. He also won an ATP Challenger Tour title in May.
Escobedo, 25, of Los Angeles, is currently ranked No. 179 and has been ranked as high as No. 67. Recently, he qualified for the main draw of the ATP 250 event in Los Cabos, Mexico, reaching the quarterfinals and reached the semifinals at an ATP Challenger Tour event in Lexington, Ky. Earlier this year he qualified for the main draw of the Miami Open, reaching the second round.
Riffice, 22, of Orlando, Fla., is currently ranked No. 690. He won the NCAA men’s singles title in May representing the University of Florida after helping lead the Gators to the NCAA team national title as well. The following week, he reached the semifinals of an ATP Challenger Tour event in his hometown of Orlando.
Svajda, 18, of San Diego, is currently ranked No. 716. He won the 2021 USTA Boys’ 18s national championship, defending his title from 2019 (the last time the event was held). He became the first player to win back-to-back boys’ 18s singles titles since Jack Sock did so in 2010 and 2011. Svajda memorably pushed ATP Tour veteran Paolo Lorenzi to five sets in the first round of the 2019 US Open at the age of 16.
Purcell, 23, of Sydney, Australia, is currently ranked No. 206 in singles. An accomplished doubles player, he will be making his US Open singles main draw debut.
The USTA also announced the men receiving wild cards into the US Open Qualifying tournament, held August 24-27 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center:
Ulises Blanch (23; Orlando, Fla.), a former world No. 2-ranked junior and two-time ATP Challenger Tour winner; Christian Harrison (27; Shreveport, La.), who reached the semifinals of the Delray Beach Open in January and has improved his ranking by nearly 800 spots this year after returning from a number of injuries; Zane Khan (19; Houston), who has won three ITF World Tennis Tour titles this year; Aleks Kovacevic (22; New York), a former All-American at the University of Illinois and 2021 USTA Summer Collegiate Team member; Stefan Kozlov (23; Pembroke Pines, Fla.) a former world No. 115 who reached two junior Grand Slam finals and has won two ATP Challenger Tour titles; Nicolas Moreno de Alboran (24, New York) a former standout at the University of California, Santa Barbara who has won three ITF World Tennis Tour titles this year; Govind Nanda (20, Redlands, Calif.), a current UCLA star who competed in qualifying at the 2019 US Open after finishing runner-up at the USTA Boys’ 18s National Championships and recent winner of a ITF World Tennis Tour M25 title; Ben Shelton (18, Gainesville, Fla.), this year’s USTA Boy’s 18s singles finalist and rising sophomore at the University of Florida; and Eliot Spizzirri (19, Greenwich, Conn.), the 2019 US Open boys’ doubles champion and current University of Texas standout who also recently won a ITF World Tennis Tour M25 title.
Women wild cards announced
The USTA also announced that seven-time Grand Slam and two-time US Open champion Venus Williams, former world No. 9 CoCo Vandeweghe and rising Americans Caty McNally, Hailey Baptiste and Katie Volynets received main draw wild cards into the 2021 US Open, alongside NCAA singles champion Emma Navarro and USTA Girls’ 18s national champion Ashlyn Krueger. Australian Storm Sanders will also receive a main draw wild card as part of a reciprocal agreement.
Williams, 41, is a former world No. 1 currently ranked No. 112. She’s a five-time Wimbledon and two-time US Open champion and has reached the semifinals or better in New York nine times. She ranks sixth all-time in match wins in the Open Era and her 49 WTA singles titles rank second only behind her sister Serena among active players on tour.
Vandeweghe, 29, of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., is a former world No. 9 currently ranked No. 160. She’s won two WTA singles titles and in 2017 reached the semifinals of both the Australian and US Opens and led the U.S. to the Billie Jean King Cup title.
McNally, 19, of Cincinnati, is currently ranked No. 136. She’s been ranked as high as No. 105 on tour, No. 6 among juniors and reached the third round of the 2020 US Open. She’s also won four WTA doubles titles.
Baptiste, 19, of Washington, D.C., is currently ranked No. 181. A former junior standout who won three 25-level ITF World Tennis Tour titles in 2019, she qualified and reached the second round at the French Open and won her first career WTA doubles title this year.
Volynets, 19, of Walnut Creek, Calif., is ranked No. 189. She earned a wild card into the 2019 US Open as the USTA Girls’ 18s national champion, where she played eventual-champion Bianca Andreescu in the first round. Volynets won her first pro singles title this year, at the 100-level USTA Pro Circuit event in Bonita Springs, Fla., and qualified at Wimbledon.
Navarro, 20, of Charleston, S.C., is currently ranked No. 329. She won the NCAA singles title in May as a freshman at the University of Virginia after going 25-1 in collegiate singles, a program record for single-season win percentage. She earned a qualifying wild card into the 2019 US Open as the USTA Girls’ 18s finalist.
Krueger, 17, of Highland Village, Texas, is currently ranked No. 647 and won the 2021 USTA Girls’ 18s national championship. She’s been ranked as high as No. 25 in the world among juniors and won the prestigious Orange Bowl 16s and 18s singles titles in consecutive years (2019-20), the first player since Andreescu to do so in 2014-15.
Sanders, 27, from Rockhampton, Australia, is currently ranked No. 139 and has won two WTA doubles titles.
The USTA also announced the women receiving wild cards into the US Open Qualifying tournament, held August 24-27 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center:
Reese Brantmeier (16, Whitewater, Wisc.), this year’s USTA Girls’ 18s runner-up; Katrina Scott (17, Woodland Hills, Calif.), who reached the second round of the 2020 US Open; Robin Montgomery (16, Washington, D.C.), a 2019 Junior Billie Jean King Cup champion alongside Scott; Clervie Ngounoue (15, Washington, D.C.), a Top 50 world-ranked junior; Elvina Kalieva (18, Staten Island, N.Y.), a former world junior No. 15; Elli Mandlik (20, Boca Raton, Fla.), the daughter of former US Open champion Hana Mandlikova who won her third and fourth career 15-level pro singles titles in July; Hanna Chang (23, Fontana, Calif.), who has won four career pro singles titles; Vicky Duval (25, Miami), a former world No. 87 who reached the second round of the 2013 US Open; and Peyton Stearns (19, Mason, Ohio), the Most Outstanding Player at the 2021 NCAA team championship.