American teenagers Sam Querrey of Thousand Oaks, Calif., and Madison Brengle of Dover, Del., were awarded wild card entries into the 2007 Australian Open men's and women’s singles main draw respectively as part of a reciprocal arrangement between the USTA and Tennis Australia.
|Ranked No. 130 in the world, Querrey, 19, is the fast rising youngster who improved more than 600 spots in the world rankings during the same year he graduated from high school. This year he won three USTA Challengers (Yuba City, Calif.; Winnetka, Ill.; and Lubbock, Texas) and won six matches at the tour level, including his Grand Slam debut at the US Open. He also extended world No. 2 Rafael Nadal and No. 4 James Blake to a decisive third set. |
Brengle, 16, earned her entry into the Australian Open by winning an 8-player event at the USTA Player Development Headquarters in Key Biscayne, Fla. She is currently ranked No. 498 in the world and won her first pro singles title at the $10,000 USTA Pro Circuit event in Baltimore last year as a qualifier. Earlier this month, Brengle reached the Girls’ 18-and-under semifinals of the Orange Bowl International.
The USTA invited a group of eight American players, age 22 or younger, to compete for the women’s wild card last week. Brengle defeated Jessica Kirkland in the final. Other players who participated in the tournament were: Lauren Albanese, Julia Cohen, Mary Gambale, Carly Gullickson, Ahsha Rolle and Ashley Weinhold.
Last summer, the USTA gave Australians Mark Philippoussis and Alicia Molik singles main draw wild cards into the 2006 US Open as part of a reciprocal arrangement which sees Tennis Australia give the USTA a main draw wild card into Australian Open 2007 to award to players selected by the USTA.