The automatic selections have been made and posted for next month's USTA National Championships. One of the biggest questions was whether defending champion Jack Sock would enter Kalamazoo again in an attempt to secure the US Open main draw wild card, and he has. French Open champion Bjorn Fratangelo has also entered, as has International Spring/Easter Bowl champion Marcos Giron. Sock will be attempting to be the first repeat 18s champion since Donald Young won in both 2005 and 2006.
In the girls 18s, Lauren Davis has entered, as has Nicole Gibbs, and they join a strong field that includes Krista Hardebeck, Madison Keys, Vicky Duval, Kyle McPhillips and Gabby Andrews. The wild cards have not yet been announced--those will likely be decided later this week--but there are many notable girls who are in need of one. The following is the list of age-eligible players with WTA rankings who were among the selections and would need a wild card for entry into the tournament:
Chanelle Van Nguyen
Nadia Echeverria Alam
I wouldn't expect Sloane Stephens to enter, as she is near enough in the WTA rankings (currently 131) to be a virtual lock for a US Open wild card anyway, and is assured a qualifying spot regardless, but defending champion Shelby Rogers, who doesn't turn 19 until October, is at 433, meaning that she will need a wild card from the USTA just to get into the US Open qualifying draw. The USTA has always encouraged all age-eligible players to enter the 18s tournament, and I suspect looks more favorably at wild card requests from those who do compete, but even the 12 available wild cards won't cover all the players above*. And that list doesn't include high profile juniors like Monica Turewicz, Jennifer Brady, Julia Elbaba, Skylar Morton, Emina Bektas and Gabrielle DeSimone. I have no idea whether some have injuries keeping them out, but it does seem a particularly large group on the outside looking in.
*some could compete in the 16s, if so inclined
In the boys 18s, the list isn't quite as long. Those with ATP points not among the 180 players selected are:
Janicije Sasha Karic
Unlike the girls list, all of whom I'm familiar with, I don't know anything about Janicije Sasha Karic or Andrew Dzulynsky. Other high profile junior boys eligible who are in need of a wild card are: Jordan Daigle, Nick Chappell, Alex Petrone, Michael Rinaldi, Richard Del Nunzio, Dan McCall, Evan Song, Wyatt McCoy and Junior Ore.
Although the US teams for the ITF World Junior Tennis competition for 14-and-under players have not been announced yet, the boys team is almost certain to include Les Petits As winner Henrik Wiersholm and Stefan Kozlov, neither of whom is in the field in Kalamazoo or San Antonio.
The boys 16s and 18s TennisLink site has the lists of players selected and an alternate list posted. The girls 16s and 18s lists in available under the Competitors heading at the TennisLink site.