Michael Mmoh wins U.S. men's Roland Garros Wild Card Challenge
Michael Mmoh is primed to compete in the main draw at the French Open for a second time later this month as a result of finishing first on the men's side of the USTA's Roland Garros Wild Card Challenge.
The 24-year-old Mmoh, who was ranked as high as No. 96 in singles as a 20-year old in 2018, earned 110 points over his best three events during the four weeks of the men's race: 51 from qualifying and reaching the quarterfinals at the Houston ATP 250; 50 from reaching the final of the USTA Pro Circuit ATP Challenger 80 in Tallahassee, Fla.; and 9 from a second-round finish at the USTA Pro Circuit ATP Challenger 100 in Sarasota, Fla.
Mmoh made his main-draw debut at the French Open in 2020, and has lost in qualifying on three other occasions. He hasn't played in the main draw of a Grand Slam tournament since reaching the second round of the 2021 Australian Open.
Jack Sock, by nature of winning the title at the USTA Pro Circuit Challenger 80 in Savannah, Ga., and reaching the quarterfinals in Sarasota, finished second in the standings with 100 points, and would be the next in line to receive the wild card should Mmoh be unable to compete at Roland Garros.
Former Top 30 player Steve Johnson (80 points) finished in third.
The women's challenge enters its final week with a new leader and plenty of players still in the running. Taylor Townsend vaulted to first place by winning the singles title at the USTA Pro Circuit W100 event in Charleston, S.C., this past week, only her third tournament back after a nearly two-year hiatus and the birth of her son. The race will likely be decided by results this week at the USTA Pro Circuit W100 event in Bonita Springs, Fla., where second-place Katie Volynets, fourth-place CoCo Vandeweghe and fifth-place Whitney Osuigwe are all competing.
1. Taylor Townsend - 183
2. Katie Volynets - 174
3. Louisa Chirico - 167
4. CoCo Vandeweghe - 115
5. Whitney Osuigwe - 71
Dating back to 2012, the Roland Garros Wild Card Challenge returned this spring for the first time since 2019, and the USTA and FFT have a reciprocal agreement in which main-draw wild cards for the 2022 French Open and US Open will be exchanged. The USTA has previously utilized this format to award wild cards into the Australian, French and US Opens, and this is the second such Challenge to be contested since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.
The Australian Open Wild Card Challenge was contested last fall, and won by Stefan Kozlov, who reached the second round in Melbourne in January, and UCLA alumna Robin Anderson.
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