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2020 US Open men's wild cards
Arthur Kapetanakis | August 6, 2020
Brandon Nakashima will make his US Open main-draw debut this summer, after receiving one of eight wild cards into the men's singles draw. After reaching the quarterfinals in his ATP debut at the Delray Beach Open in February, the 19-year-old has a golden opportunity to continue his success at the top level and further improve his ATP ranking, which has risen more than 500 spots to No. 200 in the last eight months.
The full wild-card list also includes Americans Ulises Blanch, Maxime Cressy, Sebastian Korda, Thai-Son Kwiatkowski, Michael Mmoh and JJ Wolf, plus Britain's Andy Murray.
Blanch, Cressy, Korda and Wolf will also be making their US Open main-draw debuts.
Here's more on the American wild cards:
Blanch, 22, of Orlando, Fla., is ranked No. 242. He won his second career ATP Challenger singles title in Ann Arbor, Mich., in January and went 17-6 in singles in early 2020, including a victory over former world No. ADVERTISEMENT 32 Pablo Andujar.
Cressy, 23, of Los Angeles, is ranked No. 164. He reached two ATP Challenger singles finals in February, winning the title in Drummondville. He played four years at UCLA and was an NCAA doubles champion and a singles and doubles All-American as a senior in 2019.
Korda, 20, of Bradenton, Fla., is ranked No. 224. He won 41 pro matches and reached two ATP Challenger finals in 2019. He is a former world junior No. 1 and won the 2018 Australian Open boys’ singles title. His father, Petr, won the 1998 Australian Open men’s singles title.
Kwiatkowski, 25, of Charlotte, N.C., is ranked No. 183 and won his first career ATP Challenger singles title in February at Newport Beach. He was a three-time All-American and won three NCAA team championships at the University of Virginia, also winning the NCAA singles title as a senior in 2017.
Mmoh, 22, of Bradenton, Fla., is ranked No. 182. A former Top-100 player, Mmoh won his fifth career ATP Challenger singles title in 2019. He is a former world junior No. 2 and won the USTA Boys’ 18s national title in 2016.
Nakashima, 19, of San Diego, is ranked No. 220, rising more than 500 spots in the rankings in the last eight months. He was the ACC Rookie of the Year at the University of Virginia in 2019 before turning pro following his freshman season and reached the quarterfinals at the Delray Beach Open ATP 250 in February.
Wolf, 21, of Cincinnati, is ranked No. 144. He went 15-3 in singles in early 2020, winning two ATP Challenger singles titles. He starred for Ohio State for three seasons, earning All-America and Big Ten Player of the Year honors as a junior in 2019.
Photo: Brandon Nakashima in action against Tristan Schoolkate in a junior boys' singles match at the 2019 US Open. (Credit: Cesarin Mateo/USTA)