Tuesday, August 14, 2018

US Open Main Draw, Qualifying Wild Cards Announced; ITF Youth Olympic Game Entries; Van Emburgh, Castellano Win ITA Summer Nationals

The USTA announced the wild cards for the last slam of the season today, with former champions Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland and Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia two of the seven non-Americans to receive main draw wild cards.

Women's Main Draw Wild Cards:
Svetlana Kuznetsova (Russia)
Victoria Azarenka (Belarus)
Harmony Tan (French reciprocal)
Whitney Osuigwe
Amanda Anisimova
Claire Liu
Asia Muhammad
TBD (Australian reciprocal)

Men's Main Draw Wild Cards:
Stan Wawrinka(Switzerland)
Bradley Klahn
Michael Mmoh
Noah Rubin
Tim Smyczek
Jenson Brooksby
Corentin Moutet (French reciprocal)
Jason Kubler (Australian reciprocal)

Women's Qualifying Wild Cards:
Kayla Day
Coco Gauff
Caty McNally
Ann Li
Ashley Kratzer
Danielle Lao
Gail Brodsky
Jessica Pegula
Bethanie Mattek-Sands

Men's Qualifying Wild Cards:
Brandon Nakashima
Sebastian Korda
Tom Fawcett
Chris Eubanks
Ulises Blanch
Martin Redlicki
JC Aragone
Dennis Novikov

Parsa Nemati is reporting that Donald Young, who was given a qualifying wild card, has moved into the qualifying on his own ranking, so his wild card will go to Collin Altamirano.

It was once customary to announce the US Open Junior wild cards this week, but that did not happen last year, and it was the following week before those were revealed.

Last Friday the ITF announced the entries for the Youth Olympic Games tennis competition, which will take place in Buenos Aires Argentina in October. Americans on the entry lists are Tristan Boyer, Drew Baird, Alexa Noel and Lea Ma.  Wimbledon junior champions Chun Hsin Tseng of Taiwan and Iga Swiatek of Poland are among the many top ITF juniors on the entry lists.

The Oracle ITA Summer National Championships were completed today at TCU, with Oklahoma rising sophomore Jake Van Emburgh and Wisconsin rising senior Sara Castellano taking the singles titles.  Van Emburgh defeated Alabama's Edson Ortiz 7-6(4), 7-6(6) to claim $3000 in prize money and a wild card into the main draw of the All-American Championships in Tulsa in October. Castellano defeated Victoria Emma of Florida 6-1, 6-4 in the women's final and she too receives $3000 and a wild card into the main draw of the Riviera All-American Championships.

Alex Rybakov and Max Kurzban of TCU won the men's doubles title and Nina Khmelnitckaia and Janet Koch of Kansas won the women's doubles title.  For more on today's finals, see this ITA article.