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  1. #31

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    Quote Originally Posted by JTContinental View Post
    Pavlyuchenkova has withdrawn from the USO, citing covid concerns
    Darn, there goes the strength of field. GH

  2. #32

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    ...and furthermore, who are we going to have on the women's side to clear out the SP now? GH

  3. #33

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    US OPEN ANNOUNCES MEN’S SINGLES WILD CARD RECIPIENTS




    WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., Aug. 6, 2020 – The USTA today announced that 2012 US Open champion Andy Murray and Americans Ulises Blanch, Maxime Cressy, Sebastian Korda, Thai-Son Kwiatkowski, Michael Mmoh, Brandon Nakashima and JJ Wolf will receive singles main draw wild card entries into the 2020 US Open, to be played August 31-September 13 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y.

    Murray, 33, is ranked No. 129 and will be playing his first US Open since 2018. The former world No. 1 from Great Britain has won three major singles titles and 46 ATP titles and has come back from multiple hip surgeries in 2018-19. He won his first major singles title at the 2012 US Open and also reached the final in 2008.

    Blanch, 22, of Orlando, Fla., is ranked No. 242. He won his second career ATP Challenger singles title in Ann Arbor, Mich., in January and went 17-6 in singles in early 2020, including a victory over former world No. 32 Pablo Andujar.

    Cressy, 23, of Los Angeles, is ranked No. 164. He reached two ATP Challenger singles finals in February, winning the title in Drummondville. He played four years at UCLA and was an NCAA doubles champion and a singles and doubles All-American as a senior in 2019.

    Korda, 20, of Bradenton, Fla., is ranked No. 224. He won 41 pro matches and reached two ATP Challenger finals in 2019. He is a former world junior No. 1 and won the 2018 Australian Open boys’ singles title. His father, Petr, won the 1998 Australian Open men’s singles title.

    Kwiatkowski, 25, of Charlotte, N.C., is ranked No. 183 and won his first career ATP Challenger singles title in February at Newport Beach. He was a three-time All-American and won three NCAA team championships at the University of Virginia, also winning the NCAA singles title as a senior in 2017.

    Mmoh, 22, of Bradenton, Fla., is ranked No. 182. A former Top-100 player, Mmoh won his fifth career ATP Challenger singles title in 2019. He is a former world junior No. 2 and won the USTA Boys’ 18s national title in 2016.

    Nakashima, 19, of San Diego, is ranked No. 220, rising more than 500 spots in the rankings in the last eight months. He was the ACC Rookie of the Year at the University of Virginia in 2019 before turning pro following his freshman season and reached the quarterfinals at the Delray Beach Open ATP 250 in February.

    Wolf, 21, of Cincinnati, is ranked No. 144. He went 15-3 in singles in early 2020, winning two ATP Challenger singles titles. He starred for Ohio State for three seasons, earning All-America and Big Ten Player of the Year honors as a junior in 2019.

    # # #

    The USTA is the national governing body for the sport of tennis in the U.S. and the leader in promoting and developing the growth of tennis at every level -- from local communities to the highest level of the professional game. A not-for-profit organization with more than 655,000 members, it invests 100% of its proceeds in growing the game. It owns and operates the US Open, one of the highest-attended annual sporting events in the world, and launched the US Open Series, linking seven summer WTA and ATP World Tour tournaments to the US Open. In addition, it owns approximately 90 Pro Circuit events throughout the U.S. and selects the teams for the Davis Cup, Fed Cup, Olympic and Paralympic Games. The USTA’s philanthropic entity, the USTA Foundation, provides grants and scholarships in addition to supporting tennis and education programs nationwide to benefit under-resourced youth through the National Junior Tennis & Learning (NJTL) network.For more information about the USTA, go to USTA.com or follow the official accounts on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat.

  4. #34

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    US OPEN ANNOUNCES WOMEN’S SINGLES WILD CARD RECIPIENTS

    WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., Aug. 6, 2020 – The USTA today announced that three-time US Open champion Kim Clijsters and Americans Usue Arconada, CiCi Bellis, Francesca Di Lorenzo, Caroline Dolehide, Ann Li, Robin Montgomery and Whitney Osuigwe received singles main draw wild card entries into the 2020 US Open, to be played August 31-September 13 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y.

    Clijsters, the International Tennis Hall of Famer and three-time US Open women’s singles champion (2005, 2009-10), will be playing the US Open for the first time since her second retirement in 2012. The 37-year-old Belgian holds four major singles titles and 41 WTA titles and became the first mother to hold the world No. 1 ranking. She returned to the tour at the beginning of this year and currently is not ranked.

    Arconada, 21, of Naples, Fla., is ranked No. 138. She partnered with Dolehide to win doubles gold at the Pan American Games last summer and won three pro singles titles in 2019, two W25-level tournaments and the W60 in Honolulu.

    Bellis, 21, of Orlando, Fla., is ranked No. 304. She is a former world No. 35 who was named the WTA’s Newcomer of the Year in 2017. She missed nearly 20 months of play while undergoing wrist and elbow surgeries, returning to action in November 2019 and reaching the Australian Open third round in January.

    Di Lorenzo, 23, of New Albany, Ohio, is ranked No. 128 and won her first ITF W60-level singles title in 2019. She turned pro in 2017 after two standout seasons at Ohio State, where she was a two-time All-American and won the NCAA doubles title as a sophomore.

    Dolehide, 21, of Orlando, Fla., is ranked No. 134. A 2019 US Open doubles semifinalist, Dolehide won two ITF W60-level singles titles in 2019 and brought home the singles silver and doubles gold medals from the Pan American Games last summer in Lima, Peru.

    Li, 20, of Devon, Pa., is ranked No. 131. She is a former Wimbledon girls’ singles finalist who qualified and reached the Australian Open second round in January. She won 44 pro singles matches in 2019 and reached the finals of three ITF tournaments at the W60 level and above.

    Montgomery, 15, of Washington, D.C., is ranked No. 600 professionally and No. 5 in the juniors. A product of the National Junior Tennis & Learning chapter at the JTCC in College Park, Md., Montgomery led the U.S. to the 16-and-under Junior Fed Cup title and won the prestigious Orange Bowl girls’ 18s title in 2019. She won her first pro singles title at a W25 event in March in Las Vegas.

    Osuigwe, 18, of Bradenton, Fla., is ranked No. 143. A former world junior No. 1 and the 2017 French Open girls’ singles champion, Osuigwe won her second career pro singles title in 2019, at a W80-level event in Charlottesville, Va.

    # # #

    The USTA is the national governing body for the sport of tennis in the U.S. and the leader in promoting and developing the growth of tennis at every level -- from local communities to the highest level of the professional game. A not-for-profit organization with more than 655,000 members, it invests 100% of its proceeds in growing the game. It owns and operates the US Open, one of the highest-attended annual sporting events in the world, and launched the US Open Series, linking nine summer WTA and ATP World Tour tournaments to the US Open. In addition, it owns approximately 90 Pro Circuit events throughout the U.S. and selects the teams for the Davis Cup, Fed Cup, Olympic and Paralympic Games. The USTA’s philanthropic entity, the USTA Foundation, provides grants and scholarships in addition to supporting tennis and education programs nationwide to benefit under-resourced youth through the National Junior Tennis & Learning (NJTL) network.For more information about the USTA, go to USTA.com or follow the official accounts on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat.

  5. #35

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    US OPEN ANNOUNCES WOMEN’S SINGLES WILD CARD RECIPIENTS

    WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., Aug. 6, 2020 – The USTA today announced that three-time US Open champion Kim Clijsters and Americans Usue Arconada, CiCi Bellis, Francesca Di Lorenzo, Caroline Dolehide, Ann Li, Robin Montgomery and Whitney Osuigwe received singles main draw wild card entries into the 2020 US Open, to be played August 31-September 13 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y.

    Clijsters, the International Tennis Hall of Famer and three-time US Open women’s singles champion (2005, 2009-10), will be playing the US Open for the first time since her second retirement in 2012. The 37-year-old Belgian holds four major singles titles and 41 WTA titles and became the first mother to hold the world No. 1 ranking. She returned to the tour at the beginning of this year and currently is not ranked.

    Arconada, 21, of Naples, Fla., is ranked No. 138. She partnered with Dolehide to win doubles gold at the Pan American Games last summer and won three pro singles titles in 2019, two W25-level tournaments and the W60 in Honolulu.

    Bellis, 21, of Orlando, Fla., is ranked No. 304. She is a former world No. 35 who was named the WTA’s Newcomer of the Year in 2017. She missed nearly 20 months of play while undergoing wrist and elbow surgeries, returning to action in November 2019 and reaching the Australian Open third round in January.

    Di Lorenzo, 23, of New Albany, Ohio, is ranked No. 128 and won her first ITF W60-level singles title in 2019. She turned pro in 2017 after two standout seasons at Ohio State, where she was a two-time All-American and won the NCAA doubles title as a sophomore.

    Dolehide, 21, of Orlando, Fla., is ranked No. 134. A 2019 US Open doubles semifinalist, Dolehide won two ITF W60-level singles titles in 2019 and brought home the singles silver and doubles gold medals from the Pan American Games last summer in Lima, Peru.

    Li, 20, of Devon, Pa., is ranked No. 131. She is a former Wimbledon girls’ singles finalist who qualified and reached the Australian Open second round in January. She won 44 pro singles matches in 2019 and reached the finals of three ITF tournaments at the W60 level and above.

    Montgomery, 15, of Washington, D.C., is ranked No. 600 professionally and No. 5 in the juniors. A product of the National Junior Tennis & Learning chapter at the JTCC in College Park, Md., Montgomery led the U.S. to the 16-and-under Junior Fed Cup title and won the prestigious Orange Bowl girls’ 18s title in 2019. She won her first pro singles title at a W25 event in March in Las Vegas.

    Osuigwe, 18, of Bradenton, Fla., is ranked No. 143. A former world junior No. 1 and the 2017 French Open girls’ singles champion, Osuigwe won her second career pro singles title in 2019, at a W80-level event in Charlottesville, Va.

    # # #

    The USTA is the national governing body for the sport of tennis in the U.S. and the leader in promoting and developing the growth of tennis at every level -- from local communities to the highest level of the professional game. A not-for-profit organization with more than 655,000 members, it invests 100% of its proceeds in growing the game. It owns and operates the US Open, one of the highest-attended annual sporting events in the world, and launched the US Open Series, linking nine summer WTA and ATP World Tour tournaments to the US Open. In addition, it owns approximately 90 Pro Circuit events throughout the U.S. and selects the teams for the Davis Cup, Fed Cup, Olympic and Paralympic Games. The USTA’s philanthropic entity, the USTA Foundation, provides grants and scholarships in addition to supporting tennis and education programs nationwide to benefit under-resourced youth through the National Junior Tennis & Learning (NJTL) network.For more information about the USTA, go to USTA.com or follow the official accounts on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat.
    I hadn't realized Bellis had fallen that far down the rankings.
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  6. #36

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff in TX View Post
    I hadn't realized Bellis had fallen that far down the rankings.
    She basically didn't play last year because of the elbow injury.

  7. #37

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    Murray is only one spot away from getting direct acceptance, so another male WC will almost certainly be up for grabs.

  8. #38

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    https://twitter.com/TennisChannel/st...92608748797959

    Per Tennis Channel, there won't be any singles alternates on site, and doubles players will be allowed to sign up as alternates.

    It's a pretty great deal any doubles players with a singles ranking in the 150-200 area. However, there's definitely a huge amount of room for something kooky to happen. Don't forget that they cut the doubles draw in half, from 64 to 32 teams. So out of the 64 doubles players available, you then remove anyone already in singles. Those left have to remember to sign up as alternates, which is trickier to plan with all of the new rules in place.

    Remember the 2018 French Open when they had to fill so many LL spots that there was nobody left who had signed up? A player (Trungelliti) drove through the night to get back to the tournament, then beat Tomic in the first round. They had to call the Q3 losers to see who could get back to the tournament in time, but if any of the Q2 or Q1 losers had signed up in time, they would have gotten the spot.

    While most of those players had left town, many others were nearby, and simply unsuspecting of the opportunity. Thanasi Kokkinakis of Australia stayed in Paris after losing in the second round of qualifying and planned to practice near Roland Garros on Sunday. As a second-round loser in qualifying, he did not realize he was in contention to be an alternate.

    “I had no idea how the rule works, so it’s probably my bad,” Kokkinakis said Monday. “I messaged the tour manager yesterday saying, ‘Would I have gotten in? And he said, ‘Yes.’”

    Kokkinakis replied with a curse word.
    I am SO crossing my fingers that an unranked, over 40 doubles player gets in to the main draw by sheer happenstance.

    For those who think the rule is bizarre, it is, but it's not unprecedented. They do the exact same thing at the Olympics. I found that out in 2016 when I was trying to figure out why the heck Hradecka, ranked in the low 100s, was suddenly in the singles draw.

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    I also think it implies that there won't be any doubles alternates, so if/when a team pulls out last minute, they'll either scramble to beg a couple of random singles players to team up, or give a totally random walkover (if the draw has been made, I think it would have to go to one of the Q spots instead of a BYE for the #1 team).

  10. #40

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    Be ready for FAA to be the top seed. See the Marca report in our "Tennis&Covid 19" thread.
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    She basically didn't play last year because of the elbow injury.
    She had two surgeries during that stretch, too
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    Per Tennis Channel, there won't be any singles alternates on site, and doubles players will be allowed to sign up as alternates.

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    Yes , starting after the draw is made on Thursday evening




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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff in TX View Post
    I hadn't realized Bellis had fallen that far down the rankings.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie02123 View Post
    https://twitter.com/TennisChannel/st...92608748797959

    Per Tennis Channel, there won't be any singles alternates on site, and doubles players will be allowed to sign up as alternates.

    It's a pretty great deal any doubles players with a singles ranking in the 150-200 area. However, there's definitely a huge amount of room for something kooky to happen. Don't forget that they cut the doubles draw in half, from 64 to 32 teams. So out of the 64 doubles players available, you then remove anyone already in singles. Those left have to remember to sign up as alternates, which is trickier to plan with all of the new rules in place.

    Remember the 2018 French Open when they had to fill so many LL spots that there was nobody left who had signed up? A player (Trungelliti) drove through the night to get back to the tournament, then beat Tomic in the first round. They had to call the Q3 losers to see who could get back to the tournament in time, but if any of the Q2 or Q1 losers had signed up in time, they would have gotten the spot.



    I am SO crossing my fingers that an unranked, over 40 doubles player gets in to the main draw by sheer happenstance.

    For those who think the rule is bizarre, it is, but it's not unprecedented. They do the exact same thing at the Olympics. I found that out in 2016 when I was trying to figure out why the heck Hradecka, ranked in the low 100s, was suddenly in the singles draw.
    They're gonna end up pulling in the Tennis Channel commentators. Navratilova vs Serena final!
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    Three more notable players out of USO from the women's side - Svitolina (#5), Bertens (#7) and Kuznetsova (#32). I expect Halep and perhaps Bencic to follow soon. That would leave Pliskova as the only non-North American top 10 player in the women's draw.
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