Eleven American Men in Australian Open Qualifying; Day, Neel Qualify at Daytona Beach $25K; Four US Juniors Compete in Venezuela Grade 1
Qualifying for 2016's first major has begun, with 11 American men looking to earn a spot in the main draw. Of those 11--Bjorn Fratangelo(17), Tim Smyczek(3), Daniel Nguyen, Ryan Harrison(19), Frances Tiafoe, Jared Donaldson(21), Taylor Fritz, Mitchell Krueger, Dennis Novikov(32), Tennys Sandgren and Connor Smith--ten could reach the main draw, with only Donaldson and Tiafoe in the same 1/16th, and they meet in the first round. That is unlikely of course, with only Smyczek expected to qualify according to the seedings, but Fritz has already advanced to the second round, beating Hiroki Moriya of Japan 6-3, 6-1 in under an hour.
Two junior boys were given wild cards into qualifying: 16-year-old Eddie Herr finalist and US Open boys semifinalist Alex De Minaur and 17-year-old Oliver Anderson.
The women's qualifying draw is not yet out; it will come out overnight here in the Eastern time zone, with play beginning for them Thursday(Wednesday evening here in the US).
The qualifying draws are available at the Australian Open website.
The final few main draw wild cards were announced and here are the complete lists:
Quentin Halys (FRA)
Noah Rubin (USA)
Yoshihito Nishioka (JPN)