The USTA has announced that Americans Brian Baker, Ryan Harrison, Bradley Klahn, Rhyne Williams, Rajeev Ram, Collin Altamirano, Australia’s James Duckworth and France’s Guillaume Rufin have all been awarded men’s singles main draw wild card entries.
Brian Baker, 28, of Nashville, Tennessee. Baker is currently ranked 185. The wild-card entry into the U.S. Open gives the scrappy American, who just returned to competitive tennis last week at the USTA Pro Circuit $100,000 Challenger in Aptos, Calif., and this week’s Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati, yet another chance at a comeback. Last year, Baker won his first U.S. Open match since 2005, reaching a number 52 world ranking after a seven-year absence because of a series of operations to his hip and elbow. After injuring his right knee at the Australian Open in January, it still remains to be seen just how competitive he can be.
Ryan Harrison, 21, of Shreveport, Lousiana. Currently ranked 102, Harrison is a 2012 Olympian, 2012 Davis Cup player and former world number 43. On the US Open Series this summer, Harrison reached the semifinals at the BB&T Atlanta Open and defeated former world No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt in the first round of the Citi Open in Washington, D.C.
Bradley Klahn, 22, of Poway, California. While a sophomore at Stanford, Klahn became the 2010 NCAA singles champion. He won the USTA Pro Circuit $100,000 Challenger in Aptos, Calif., last week, bringing him a career high rank of 123. Klahn earned his U.S. Open wild card as the top American points earner at select USTA Pro Circuit events this summer.
Rajeev Ram, 29, of Carmel, Indiana. Ram is the highest ranked American who did not receive direct entry into the U.S. Open at the entry deadline. Currently ranked 126, Ram has been ranked as high as number 78 and owns one singles title (Newport, 2009). Ram qualified and reached the second round of the 2013 Australian Open.
Rhyne Williams, 22, of Knoxville, Tennessee. Williams is the 2011 NCAA singles finalist. So far, 2013 has been a productive year for Williams; he reached his first ATP semifinal in Houston and played in the main draws of the French Open and the Australian Open. He is currently at a career-high ranking of No. 114.
Collin Altamirano, 17, of Yuba City, California. He is the 2013 USTA Boys’ 18s champion, which earned him his wild-card. Altamirano was the first unseeded player to win the Kalamazoo, Michigan tournament in its history.
James Duckworth, 21, of Sydney, Australia, received a wild card through an agreement with Tennis Australia. In exchange, they will grant an American a wild card into the 2014 Australian Open, to be determined by a USTA playoff. Having reached the second round of the 2013 Australian Open, and also having qualified for 2013’s French Open and Wimbledon, Duckworth is currently at a career-high rank of 150.
Guillaume Rufin, 23, of Charnay, France. Rufin received his wild card through an agreement with the French Tennis Federation, which awarded a wild card into the 2013 French Open to an American player designated by the USTA (Alex Kuznetsov). Rufin is currently ranked 92nd, has played in all three Grand Slam main draws this year, reaching the second round of the Australian Open and Wimbledon.
In addition to the eight U.S. Open men’s singles main draw wild cards, the USTA also announced eight men who have been awarded wild card entries into the U.S. Open Qualifying Tournament, which will be held Aug. 20-23 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. One additional U.S. Open qualifying wild card will be awarded to the winner of the 2013 US Open National Playoffs–Men’s Championship, taking place this weekend, Aug. 16-19 in New Haven, Conn.
Players receiving 2013 U.S. Open qualifying wild cards are: 17-year-old Noah Rubin of Rockville Centre, N.Y., who has been as high as number six in the world junior rankings; 2013 USTA Boys’ 18s National Championship runner-up Jared Donaldson (16, Cumberland, R.I.); 2011 French Open boys’ champion Bjorn Fratangelo (20, Pittsburgh, Pa.), who has won three Futures titles in 2013; Christian Harrison (19, Shreveport, La.), who reached the 2012 US Open doubles quarterfinals with his older brother, Ryan Harrison; Jarmere Jenkins (22, College Park, Ga.), who came one win short of winning the NCAA triple crown this summer, leading Virginia to its first NCAA team title, winning the NCAA doubles title and reaching the NCAA singles final; former Wimbledon and French Open boys’ semifinalist Mitchell Krueger (19, Fort Worth, Texas), who won his first pro singles title in June; UCLA sophomore Dennis Novikov (19, San Jose, Calif.), the 2012 USTA Boys’ 18s national champion who defeated 2013 Wimbledon semifinalist Jerzy Janowicz in the first round of last year’s US Open; and Tennys Sandgren (22, Gallatin, Tenn.), a former standout at Tennessee who has won five USTA Pro Circuit Futures singles titles in the last two years.
And the wild-card entries into the women’s main draw at the 2013 US Open…
-Vania King (American, 2010 US Open and Wimbledon doubles champion)
-Nicole Gibbs (American, two-time NCAA singles champion)
-Shelby Rogers (American)
-Alison Riske (American)
-Maria Sanchez (American)
-Sachia Vickery (American, USTA Girls’ 18s National Champion)
-Ashleigh Barty (Australia)
-Pauline Parmentier (France)
In addition to the eight US Open women’s singles main draw wild cards, the USTA also announced eight women who have been awarded wild card entries into the US Open Qualifying Tournament. One additional US Open qualifying wild card will be awarded to the winner of the 2013 US Open National Playoffs – Women’s Championship, taking place August 16-19 in New Haven, Conn. Players receiving 2013 US Open qualifying wild cards are: Jan Abaza; Brooke Austin; Louisa Chirico; Victoria Duval; Alexandra Kiick; Jamie Loeb; Brianna Morgan; and Taylor Townsend.
The 2013 U.S. Open will be played Aug. 26-Sept. 9 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y. Both the men’s and women’s singles champions this year will earn $2.6 million, the largest payout in tennis history, with the ability to earn an additional $1 million in bonus prize money—for a total $3.6 million potential payout—based on their performances in the Emirates Airline U.S. Open Series.