TEAM USA WELL
REPRESENTED AT FRENCH OPEN
Ashley Marshall | May 25, 2018
Team USA will be well represented at the French Open next week with 30 players set to compete in the men's and women's singles draws.
The U.S. had 25 players earn direct entry based on their ranking and see two more players, Noah Rubin and Taylor Townsend, granted wildcards after winning the USTA French Open Wild Challenge, which awards a place in the main draw through a reciprocal agreement with the French Tennis Federation.
On Thursday, Denis Kudla came through the qualifying tournament to earn his place in the 128-player field and give the U.S. an 11th man in the main draw. And on Friday, Caroline Dolehide and Grace Min each won their third and final qualifying match to punch their tickets into the main draw, which already featured 17 Americans.
Kudla will play the No. 26 seed Damir Dzumhur of Bosnia and Herzegovina in the first round.
Dolehide will make her Grand Slam main-draw debut against unseeded Viktorija Golubic of Switzerland and would play the winner of all-American matchup between No. 13 seed Madison Keys and Sachia Vickery in the second round. Min will meet Camila Giorgi of Italy and could face the No. 20 seed Anastasija Sevastova in the Round of 64.
On Friday, world No. 126 Dolehide defeated Irina Bara of Romania, 6-4, 6-3, in 85 minutes on Court 7 to advance to the main draw where, win or lose, she will take home €40,000, or approximately $47,000.
It marks the first time the 19-year-old will be competiting in the main draw of a major, following a defeat in the second qualifying round at the Australian Open in January and first-round losses at the US Open in each of the past two years.
For Min, she booked her spot with a three-set win over former world junior No. 1 Martina Trevisan. The American dropped the first set before rallying to a 1-6, 6-4, 6-3 win in a little more than two hours on Court 14.'
Min, ranked No. 197 in the world, has earned less than $9,000 in prize money in the first five months of 2018, so the monetary windfall, not to mention the ranking points, will be a big boost for the rest of the season.
The 24-year-old, who won the 2011 US Open girls' juniors title and the 2011 Wimbeldon girls' doubles title with Genie Bouchard, will be making her sixth singles appearance in the main draw of a Grand Slam, and her first since January 2015.
Min played in the main draw in Paris twice before, losing in the first round of the 2013 and 2014 tournaments.