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Main Draw
1. Geoffrey Blancaneaux FRA (FFT)
2. Christopher Eubanks USA
3. Bjorn Fratangelo USA
4. Taylor Fritz USA
5. Thai Kwiatkowski USA (NCAA Champion)
6. Patrick Kypson (Kalamazoo champion)
7. Alex de Minaur AUS (TA)
8. Tommy Paul USA (USTA Wild Card Challenge Leader)

Qualifying
1. Sekou Bangoura USA
2. William Blumberg USA
3. Christian Harrison USA
4. Evan King USA
5. Austin Krajicek USA
6. Daniel Nguyen USA
7. Raymond Sarmiento USA
8. J.J. Wolf USA (Kalamazoo finalist)
9. J.C. Aragone USA

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7 Vasil Kirkov USA/Danny Thomas USA (Kalamazoo champions)
 

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https://www.usta.com/en/home/pro/pro-media---news/us-open-wild-card-challenge-returns-for-sixth-year.html
US Open Wild Card challenge returns for sixth year
Sally Milano | June 29, 2017

In just a few weeks, the sixth annual US Open Wild Card Challenge will kick off, giving American players the chance to earn a wild card to compete in the 2017 US Open.

As in previous years, the American man and American woman who earn the most ATP World Tour and WTA ranking points during the challenge will receive main-draw wild cards into the US Open. This year, however, U.S. players competing in the challenge will have more ways than ever before to earn a spot in the year’s final Grand Slam.

For the first time ever, U.S. men can earn points by playing not only in USTA Pro Circuit events but also in ATP and Challenger-level hard-court tournaments held throughout the world over a five-week period. American women will continue to utilize USTA Pro Circuit events to earn challenge points, but they can also earn points by competing in this summer’s WTA events in Washington, D.C. and Stanford, Calif.

The men’s challenge is set to begin the week of July 10 and will conclude the week of Aug. 7, while the women’s challenge will begin the week of July 17 and will end the week of July 31. All USTA Pro Circuit tournaments will be streamed live here.

Men’s Events

The men’s wild card will be awarded to the American player with the highest total of ATP singles ranking points, including points earned in qualifying and the main draw, from three of the following five tournaments:

Week of July 10: $75,000 Winnetka, IL; $75,000 Winnipeg, Canada
Week of July 17: $125,000 Astana, KAZ; $75,000 Gatineau, Canada
Week of July 24: Atlanta ATP World Tour 250; $100,000 Granby, Canada; $75,000 Binghamton, NY
Week of July 31: Washington, D.C. ATP World Tour 500; Los Cabos ATP World Tour 250; $125,000 Chengdu, CHN; €85K+H Segovia, ESP; $75,000 Lexington, KY
Week of Aug. 7: Montreal ATP World Tour Masters 1000; $150,000 Jinan, CHN; $100,000 Aptos, CA; €43K+H Portoroz, SLO


Women’s events

The women’s wild card will be awarded to the American player with the highest total of cumulative WTA singles ranking points at two of the following three tournaments:

Week of July 17: $60,000 Stockton, CA (main-draw points only)
Week of July 24: $60,000 Sacramento, CA (main-draw points only)
Week of July 31: $60,000 Lexington, KY (main-draw points only); Washington, D.C. WTA International Event (qualifying and main-draw points); Stanford WTA Premier Event (qualifying and main-draw points)

The USTA, which also utilizes the wild-card challenge format for the French Open and Australian Open, first held the US Open Wild Card Challenge in 2012, when Steve Johnson and Mallory Burdette claimed the wild cards and both reached the third round of the US Open. In 2013, Bradley Klahn and Shelby Rogers earned the wild cards, with Klahn winning his first-round match. And in 2014, Nicole Gibbs reached the third round of the US Open (her career-best Grand Slam result), while Wayne Odesnik captured the men’s wild card.

In 2015, Bjorn Fratangelo made his Grand Slam main-draw debut by earning the men’s wild card, while Samantha Crawford competed in the US Open as the women’s wild card winner. Last year, Ernesto Escobedo and Sofia Kenin both made their Grand Slam debuts at the US Open by receiving the wild cards, with Escobedo picking up his first Grand Slam win.

Only Americans who did not earn direct entry into the US Open are eligible to compete for the wild card. In the event of a tie, the player with the best ATP (on Aug. 14) or best WTA (on Aug. 7) singles ranking will be awarded the wild card.

The 2017 US Open main draw will be held Monday, Aug. 28, through Sunday, Sept. 10.

Click here for more information on the US Open Wild Card Challenge, and follow the USTA Pro Circuit #USTAProCircuit.
Standings:
https://www.usta.com/content/dam/usta/pdfs/2017 US Open WC Challenge - Men.pdf
 

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Opelka must be expecting a main draw wild card since he's entered the Stowe exhibition that occurs during U.S. Open qualifying.
Haas has also entered. Don't know if he's planning on applying for a main draw wild card, but he won't be available for qualifying either.
 

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The french wild card is awarded to Blancaneaux
 

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Opelka must be expecting a main draw wild card since he's entered the Stowe exhibition that occurs during U.S. Open qualifying.
Haas has also entered. Don't know if he's planning on applying for a main draw wild card, but he won't be available for qualifying either.
Its going to be a crowded space for WC's. Looking at just the Americans who will likely be on the qualy list you have about 13-14: Fratangelo, Fritz, Opelka, Kozlov, Mmoh, Kudla, Rubin, Smyczek, McDonald, Novikov, Krueger, Paul, Sarkissan, and possibly Christian Harrison. If Haas gets one, that leaves 3 spots for these 13-14 guys. And the list is all next gen hopes as well as guys who have won matches at the Open before. Tough choices to be made.
 

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Similarly there are a ton of Aussies who could grab the TA WC - about 8-9 might make the cut for qualifying - Ebden, Duckworth, Santillan, Groth, Smith, De Minaur, Polmans, Mott, and possibly Jasika.

I think it would come down to De Minaur or Ebden but who knows. And not sure is Duckworth is even healthy.
 

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US men's tennis isn't deep but there is a good cohort of players in that challenger-level tier right now in the rankings. WC choices will be interesting, hoping it's on merit and not USTA favoritism.
 

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Interesting. Makes perfect sense, but I thought they might give it to Nico Mahut
I think they made a very good choice. France need to help (very) young players because they will face some dirty years in the next half-decade. Tsonga, Monfils Gasquet, Simon are getting old and less performant (Simon aleready lost IMO). Paire is a joke. Mannarino will never be better than top 30.

In the young they only have Pouille (and Herbert). They tried to help Halys with many WC but he seems to be stuck around #130.

Mahut is a great player, but he is now 35. In French Open they have plenty of WC, but here they only have one.

And Blancaneaux just won 3 futures in a row (on clay)
 

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ZooTennis: My Kalamazoo Preview; Clay Champion Nefve Gets in as Alternate and Advances on Damp First Day at Nats; Kenin Clinches Women's US Open Wild Card, Paul Closes in on Men's
The men's US Open wild card race is tilted heavily toward Tommy Paul now, after he defeated No. 11 seed Gilles Muller of Luxembourg last night at the Citi Open 6-7(3), 6-4, 6-3. Because the men's race has another week to go after this one, it's theoretically possible for someone to catch Paul at the Masters in Canada next week, however unlikely that scenario might be. Paul plays No. 2 seed Kei Nishikori of Japan tonight. Jack Sock[8] advanced to the semifinals with a 7-5, 6-4 win over Milos Raonic[3] of Canada and will face Kevin Anderson[15] of South Africa for a place in the final Saturday.
 

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Because Mmoh is the finalist in Kentucky and is not participating in Aptos, the only two remaining players who can catch Paul are Opelka and Smyczek, both active in Montreal qualifying. Each of them has to reach QF stage in the Masters otherwise it is Paul.

Update: there it is, Paul is locked for US Open Challenge wild card.
 

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Re: U.S. Open Entry List/Fact Sheet (updated August 8, 2017)

I think 3 WC's are already fix: not only Paul but also Geoffrey Blancaneaux (French WC) and Thai Son Kwiatkowski (NCAA champion).

Besides, Taylor Fritz is a safe bet for the 4th one
 

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Benjamin Becker played for USTA and is probably retiring at the end of the year.

He should get a WC into the Qualifying Draw if he doesn't make it with his ranking.
 

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I hope leonardo Mayer receives a WC here, a top 50 player shouldnt play qualies.
 

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http://s3.amazonaws.com/ustaassets/assets/689/15/2017_wild_cards-national_championships_2017_(1).pdf
USTA Boys' National Championships - Wild Cards are awarded for the following:

Boys' 18 Singles Champion - US Open*: Singles Main Draw & US Open Juniors: Singles Main Draw**
Boys' 18 Doubles Champions - US Open: Doubles Main Draw & US Open Juniors: Doubles Main Draw (Same partner only)**
Boys' 18 Singles Finalist -US Open: Singles Qualifying & US Open Juniors: Singles Main Draw*
Boys 18's Singles 3rd Place - US Open: Juniors: Singles Main Draw & USTA Men's Pro Circuit 50K Singles Main Draw*
Boys 18's Singles 4th Place - US Open Juniors: Singles Qualifying & USTA Men's Pro Circuit Futures (2) Singles Main Draw *
Boys 18's Singles 5th Place - US Open Juniors: Singles Qualifying & USTA Men's Pro Circuit Futures (1) Singles Main Draw*
Boys' 16 Singles Champion - US Open Juniors: Singles Main Draw
Boys' 16 Singles Finalist - USTA Men's Pro Circuit Futures Singles Main Draw
Boys' 16 Singles 3rd Place - USTA Men's Pro Circuit Futures Singles Main Draw
Boys' 16 Singles 4th Place - USTA Men's Pro Circuit Futures Singles Qualifying
Boys' 16 Singles 5th Place - USTA Men's Pro Circuit Futures Singles Qualifying

* Per Grand Slam rules, players under the age of 14 will not be eligible for entry
** Players must be age eligible by ITF Rules to receive the Wild Card for the Junior US Open
Boys' 18 Singles Champion - US Open*: Singles Main Draw & US Open Juniors: Singles Main Draw: Patrick Kypson
Boys' 18 Doubles Champions - US Open: Doubles Main Draw & US Open Juniors: Doubles Main Draw (Same partner only)**: Vasil Kirkov/Danny Thomas
Boys' 18 Singles Finalist -US Open: Singles Qualifying & US Open Juniors: Singles Main Draw*: J.J. Wolf
 

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Re: U.S. Open Qualifying Entry List (updated August 13, 2017)

Will be interesting to see who the USTA gives the nod to for the remaining 7 qualy wildcards. I think one goes to a WC challenge winner, and after that I would bet Christopher Eubanks is a lock after qualifying in Cincy and playing in Atlanta. I'd assume Rajeev Ram will get one too, as will Sekou Bangoura. After that probably between a mix of Krajicek, Sarmiento, King, Hiltzik, Shane for the remaining three spots.
 
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