Giving a wild card to Young would be almost indefensible at this point. If he wins a few ATP matches between now and the Open, it's possible, but that would be a minor miracle.
Agreed. My point is that if he can pull off some good wins then he's back in the running.
Chip, I disagree about Britton. He's a stone-cold lock. NCAA champ, Junior U.S. Open runner-up, Wimbledon semifinalist, Roehampton champ, respectable performances against Ram and Bogomolov ... he's in. The fact that he just served as a Davis Cup practice partner also bodes well for him. You can carve it in stone. And I don't think he's misinformed about whether the NCAA winner automatically gets a wild card. He just knows that it makes him a virtual lock.
You're probably right that he will get one. I wasn't arguing with that, just stating that at this point there are, in my opinion, better candidates who have performed better at the pro level. I think he's great and hope that he lives up to his potential. However, I think Levine, Evans, Sweeting, and even Kuznetsov are more deserving based on their pro results. The competition in qualies is more appropriate for his level right now.
Here's who I think will get one (as supposed to who I think should
get one in my other post):
As for NCAA champs getting a lock, well we don't have much to go off of recently since an American hasn't actually won it since 2003 (Delic, who did get a WC). Non-American champions haven't received one, but that's not much of a surprise. The other top American college players who are straight out of college who have received WCs had already put up good pro results. In 2007, Isner reached the Washington final and Levine had won two MD matches at Delray. Both received WCs. Sweeting received one in 2006, but he had won an ATP-level match and a futures tournament. Britton hasn't won either an ATP or Challenger level match, and has only ever won 2 matches at the futures level. I also don't think the competition for WCs was as strong in these years as it was this year. I don't think the NCAA title by itself would get him one based on his results so far. Combined with his junior results, however, I think you're right that he will get one.
On a side note, Harrison has withdrawn from Kalamzoo and injury wasn't cited as the reason. Perhaps he is anticipating a MD WC or has already been told by the USTA that he'll get one. Of course, he could just not be very interested in playing much junior tennis.