2019 Australian Open
Wild Card Challenge
October 4, 2018
The USTA will award a singles main-draw wild card into the 2019 Australian Open to the American man and woman who win the Australian Open Wild Card Challenge.
The challenge, which utilizes indoor and outdoor hard-court pro tournaments, will kick off the week of Oct. 22 for the women and Oct. 29 for the men, and conclude the week of Nov. 12 for both. The USTA and Tennis Australia have a reciprocal agreement in which main-draw wild cards for the 2019 US Open and 2019 Australian Open are exchanged.
Only Americans who do not earn direct entry into the Australian Open are eligible. In the event of a tie, the player with the best ATP or best WTA singles ranking on Nov. 19 will be awarded the wild card.
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. The tournaments in play include:
- Week of October 29: ATP Masters 1000 (Paris); USTA Pro Circuit $75,000 Challenger (Charlottesville, Va.); ATP $75,000 Challengers (Canberra, Australia; Shenzhen, China)
- Week of November 5: ATP €106,000 Challenger (Bratislava, Slovakia); ATP €85,000 Challenger (Mouilleron-le-Captif, France); USTA Pro Circuit $75,000 Challenger (Knoxville, Tenn.)
- Week of November 12: ATP $150,000 Challengers (Houston; Bangalore, India); USTA Pro Circuit $75,000 Challenger (Champaign, Ill.); ATP $50,000 Challenger (Kobe, Japan)
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 weeks of the challenge, at three $80,000 USTA Pro Circuit women’s events (main draw points only) and one WTA $125,000 event (main draw and qualifying points).
- Week of October 22: USTA Pro Circuit $80,000 Event (Macon, Ga.)
- Week of October 29: USTA Pro Circuit $80,000 Event (Tyler, Texas)
- Week of November 5: USTA Pro Circuit $80,000 Event (Las Vegas)
- Week of November 12: WTA $125,000 Series Event (Houston, Texas)
Updated standings will be avaible here when the challenge begins.