2020 Australian Open
Wild Card Challenge to begin
Ashley Marshall | October 16, 2019
A highly coveted spot in the main draw of the 2020 Australian Open will once again be up for grabs for the top-performing American man and woman this fall.
The Australian Open Wild Card Challenge begins the week of Oct. 21 for the women and Oct. 28 for the men. Both challenges, which utilize indoor and outdoor hard-court pro tournaments, will conclude the week of Nov. 11.
The 2020 Australian Open will be held Jan. 20-Feb. 2 in Melbourne, Australia.
The USTA began using this format to award its Australian Open reciprocal wild cards beginning with the 2015 Australian Open. Earlier this year, Jack Sock and Whitney Osuigwe (pictured above) won the Wild Card Challenge to gain entry into the 128-player main-draw field in Melbourne.
Previous men’s challenge winners included Tim Smyczek and Noah Rubin, who each reached the second round in 2018 and 2016, respectively. ADVERTISEMENT In 2015, Irina Falconi also reached the second round of the main draw in Australia after winning the Australian Open Wild Card Challenge.
The women’s wild card will be awarded to the American with the highest cumulative total of WTA singles ranking points earned from their best three results during the four-week window at select hard-court events.
- Week of Oct. 21: USTA Pro Circuit/ITF World Tennis Tour W80s (Macon, Ga.); ITF World Tennis Tour W80s (Poitiers, France); ITF World Tennis Tour W60s (Saguenay, Canada).
- Week of Oct. 28: USTA Pro Circuit W80 (Tyler, Texas); ITF World Tennis Tour W60s (Toronto, Canada); ITF World Tennis Tour W60s (Liuzhou, China); ITF World Tennis Tour W60s (Nantes, France).
- Week of Nov. 4: USTA Pro Circuit W60 (Las Vegas); ITF World Tennis Tour W100 (Shenzhen, China).
- Week of Nov. 11: WTA $125,000 Series (Houston); WTA $125,000 Series (Taipei); ITF World Tennis Tour W100 (Tokyo).
The men’s wild card will go to the American with the highest cumulative total of ATP singles ranking points earned from their best two results during the three-week men’s window, including results from any professional hard-court event at the ATP Challenger level and above around the world.
- Week of Oct. 28: ATP Masters 1000 (Paris); ATP Challenger 110 (Shenzhen, China); USTA Pro Circuit/ATP Challenger 80 (Charlottesville, Va.); ATP Challenger 80 (Playford, Australia).
- Week of Nov. 4: ATP Challenger 110 (Bratislava, Slovakia); USTA Pro Circuit/ATP Challenger 80 (Knoxville, Tenn.); ATP Challenger 80 (Kobe, Japan).
- Week of Nov. 11: ATP Challenger 125 (Houston); USTA Pro Circuit/ATP Challenger 80 (Champaign, Ill.); ATP Challenger 80 (Helsinki, Finland); ATP Challenger 80 (Ortisei, Italy); ATP Challenger 80 (Pune, India).
All USTA Pro Circuit tournaments will be streamed live on www.procircuit.usta.com.
Neither Americans who otherwise earn direct entry into the Australian Open nor players ranked in the ATP or WTA Top 50 at the start of the Challenge are eligible. Should the player with the highest number of Challenge points earn direct entry into the Australian Open, the wild card will go to the next eligible American in the Challenge points standings. In the event of a tie, the player with the best ATP or best WTA singles ranking on Nov. 18 will earn the wild card.