wild card on offer
Arthur Kapetanakis | March 19, 2019
For the eighth consecutive year, the Roland Garros Wild Card Challenge will give two in-form Americans an opportunity to continue their hot streaks at the French Open. For players that do not earn direct entry into the clay-court season’s showcase event, the four-week challenge provides another avenue to main-draw entry, with one men’s and one women’s wild card awarded to the respective first-place finishers.
The challenge is based on performance across a four-week window, with the men’s contest beginning on April 8 and the women’s competition launching on April 15. The men’s wild card will go to the American with the highest cumulative total of ATP singles points earned from their best three results across the four weeks. Notable tournaments in the men’s challenge include the ATP Masters 1000 event in Monte Carlo, the ATP Tour 500 event in Barcelona and a USTA Pro Circuit/ATP Challenger 80 event in Savannah, Ga.ADVERTISEMENT
The women’s challenge will reward the American who earns the highest cumulative total of WTA singles points from their best two results, with the WTA Premier Mandatory event in Madrid offering the biggest potential haul. Four USTA Pro Circuit events will also provide opportunities to climb the leaderboard, with one on the schedule each week.
For a complete list of eligible tournaments, visit our Roland Garros Wild Card Challenge information page.
Previous challenge winners have combined for eight French Open main-draw victories, headed by Taylor Townsend’s third-round run in 2014. Townsend, who also won the women’s wild card in 2016 and 2018, is the only repeat winner. Currently No. 96 in the WTA Rankings, the Atlanta resident is in line for direct entry in 2019, should she maintain her position. On the men's side, Noah Rubin earned the wild card in 2018 but fell to No. 9 seed John Isner in the opening round in Paris. At No. 146 in the ATP Rankings, he is a likely candidate for the 2019 French Open qualifying tournament—barring another first-place finish in this year's challenge.
Frances Tiafoe, the 2019 Australian Open quarterfinalist, won the men’s challenge in 2015 at age 17. Amanda Anisimova, who reached the fourth round this year in Melbourne, is the challenge’s youngest winner; she made her Grand Slam main-draw debut in Paris after winning the 2017 contest at age 15.
All USTA Pro Circuit tournaments in the challenge will be streamed live on www.procircuit.usta.com. The 2019 French Open begins on May 26.