2019 US Open
Wild Card Challenge
August 9, 2019
The USTA will award a singles main-draw wild card into the 2019 US Open to the American man and woman who win the US Open Wild Card Challenge.
The men’s wild card will go to the American with the highest cumulative total of ATP singles ranking points earned from his best three results during a five-week window, during the weeks of July 8, 15, 22, 29 and Aug. 5, including results from any professional outdoor hard-court event (qualifying and main draw) at the ATP Challenger level and above around the world. The tournaments over the five weeks include:
- Week of July 8: Winnetka ATP Challenger Tour 80 / Winnipeg ATP Challenger Tour 80
- Week of July 15: Nur-Sultan ATP Challenger Tour 110 / Gatineau ATP Challenger Tour 80
- Week of July 22: Atlanta ATP Tour 250 / Granby ATP Challenger Tour 90 / Binghamton ATP Challenger Tour 80
- Week of July 29: Washington, D.C.
ATP Tour 500 / Los Cabos ATP Tour 250 / Chengdu ATP Challenger Tour 110 / Segovia ATP Challenger Tour 90 / Lexington ATP Challenger Tour 80
- Week of Aug. 5: Montreal ATP Tour Masters 1000 / Aptos ATP Challenger Tour 90 / Yokkaichi ATP Challenger Tour 80
The women’s wild card will be awarded to the American with the highest cumulative total of WTA singles ranking points earned from her best three results during the weeks of July 8, 15, 22, 29 and Aug. 5, including qualifying and main draw, at the following ITF World Tennis Tour and WTA Tour events:
- Week of July 8: ITF World Tennis Tour W60 Honolulu, Hawaii
- Week of July 15: ITF World Tennis Tour W60 Berkeley, Calif.
- Week of July 22: ITF World Tennis Tour W60 Ashland, Ky. / ITF World Tennis Tour W80 Granby, Canada
- Week of July 29: ITF World Tennis Tour W60 Lexington, Ky. / San Jose WTA Premier / Washington, D.C. WTA International
- Week of Aug. 5: ITF World Tennis Tour W60 Landisville, Pa. / Toronto WTA Premier 5
See the men's fact sheet and women's fact sheet for more information.
Aug. 9 update:
In the final week of the challenge, Kristie Ahn and Ernesto Escobedo both held on to first place to clinch a 2019 US Open singles main-draw wild card.
Aug. 5 update:
Kristie Ahn and Ernesto Escobedo are in pole position entering the final week of the challenge. Ahn, the 27-year old New Jersey native and Stanford graduate, leads the women's standings after qualifying and reaching the quarterfinals at the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic WTA Premier event last week in San Jose. Francesca Di Lorenzo can still catch Ahn with a third-round run or better at the Rogers Cup.
Escobedo still leads the men's challenge by virtue of his Week 3 ATP Challenger 90 title in Canada. His spot is under threat from a number of contenders, including Tommy Paul, who, like Di Lorenzi, qualified for the Rogers Cup.
July 29 update:
Ernesto Escobedo charged into first place in the men's challenge by winning the ATP Challenger 90 event in Granby, Canada, for his first title since October 2016. Usue Arconada, who is representing the U.S. at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru, this week, remains the coast-to-coast women's leader through Week 3.
July 22 update:
Usue Arconada maintained her lead atop the women’s standings after backing up her Honolulu title in Week 1 with a second-round run in Berkeley, Calif. On the men’s side, 19-year-old Sebastian Korda took over first place behind his final run at the ATP Challenger 110 event in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan.
July 15 update:
Usue Arconada jumped out to an early lead in the women's challenge by virtue of her title at the USTA Pro Circuit and ITF World Tennis Tour W60 event in Honolulu. A former Top-5 junior in the world who was recently named to the U.S. Pan American Games squad, Arconada collected 80 standings points to move ahead of Honolulu finalist Nicole Gibbs. On the men's side, Daniel Nguyen leads after Week 1, thanks to his semifinal run at the ATP Challenger Tour 80 event in Winnipeg, Canada.
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Pictured: 2018 men's US Open Wild Card Challenge winner Bradley Klahn. Credit: USTA/Mike Lawrence