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Odesnik, Gibbs grab 2014 US Open wild cards

August 9, 2014 09:04 PM
2014 USTA Pro Circuit US Open Wild Card Challenge champion Wayne Odesnik will now play in his first US Open main draw since 2009.
By Nicholas J. Walz, USTA.com
Wayne Odesnik, 28, a former Top 100 player from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., will return to the US Open main draw for the first time since 2009 after earning a wild card by winning the 2014 USTA Pro Circuit US Open Wild Card Challenge.
Odesnik clinched the wild card on Saturday when Rhyne Williams, the only player who could have surpassed Odesnik in the standings, lost his semifinal match today at the Comerica Bank Challenger, a $100,000 USTA Pro Circuit Challenger in Aptos, Calif. Odesnik finished the wild card challenge with 77 points after reaching the final of the $50,000 Challenger in Binghamton, N.Y., and the semifinals of the $50,000 Challenger in Lexington, Ky., in back-to-back weeks.
The USTA awards a US Open main draw wild card to an American man and an American woman who do not have direct entry into the main draw by utilizing a series of USTA Pro Circuit events this summer. Ranking points from two out of the three women’s events and two out of the four men’s are used and combined to calculate the point total and determine the US Open wild card recipient. If a player competes in more than two events, only his or her two best tournaments are counted in calculating the point total.
Nicole Gibbs, a two-time NCAA singles champion for Stanford, had earlier clinched the women’s US Open wild card and will be making her third US Open main draw appearance.
The final standings, through Aug. 9, are as follows:
Men's USTA Pro Circuit US Open Wild Card Challenge - Final Results*
Player Name Binghamton ($50,000) Lexington ($50,000) Vancouver ($100,000) Aptos ($100,000) Total Points
1. Wayne Odesnik 48 29 8 Did Not Play 77
2. Rhyne Williams 7 Did Not Play 0 35 42
3. Austin Krajicek 7 7 18 0 25
4. Chase Buchanan Did Not Play 15 8 0 23
5. Ernesto Escobedo 15 Did Not Play Did Not Play Did Not Play 15
*The men's wild card is awarded from the best combined results in two of the four events above.
Women's USTA Pro Circuit US Open Wild Card Challenge - Final Results*
Player Name Sacramento ($50,000) Carson ($50,000) Lexington ($50,000) Total Points  
1. Nicole Gibbs 8 80 48 128  
2. Madison Brengle 29 8 80 109  
3. Melanie Oudin Did Not Play 48 29 77  
4. Julia Boserup 48 15 Did Not Play 63  
5. Louisa Chirico 15 29 1 44  
*The women's wild card is awarded from the best combined results in two of the three events above.


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