The USTA is hosting a playoff this week to award a menís and a womenís singles main draw wild card to the 2009 French Open. The menís wild card tournament will take place on the clay courts of the Boca West Country Club in Boca Raton, Fla., April 28-30. The womenís wild card tournament will be held April 29-May 2 at the same location. The USTA and the French Tennis Federation have a reciprocal agreement in which wild card entries into the main draw at the 2009 French Open and 2009 US Open are exchanged.
Eight players are scheduled to compete for the menís wild card: John Isner, 24, of Tampa, Fla.; Scoville Jenkins, 22, of Atlanta; Evan King, 17, of Chicago; Jesse Levine, 21 of Boca Raton, Fla.; Michael McClune, 19, of Irvine, Calif.; Nathan Pasha, 16, of Atlanta; Rhyne Williams, 18, of Knoxville, Tenn.; and Donald Young, 19, of Atlanta.
Eleven players will compete for the womenís wild card: Kristie Ahn, 16, of Upper Saddle River, N.J.; Gail Brodsky, 17, of Brooklyn, N.Y.; Beatrice Capra, 17, of Ellicott City, Md.; Lauren Embree, 18, of Marco Island, Fla.; Nicole Gibbs, 16, of Manhattan Beach, Calif.; Madison Keys, 14, of Boca Raton, Fla.; Christine McHale, 16, of Englewood Cliffs, N.J.; Asia Muhammad, 18, of Henderson, Nev.; Sloane Stephens, 16, of Fresno, Calif.; Stacey Tan, 17, of Lakewood, Calif.; and CoCo Vandeweghe, 17, of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.
Both tournaments will be in a knock-out format, the seedings of which will be determined by todayís ATP World Tour and Sony Ericsson WTA rankings.
Wow! There are a lot of girls going for this wild card. There are several I would like to see get it: Coco, Christina, Nicole, Kristie, Sloane, or Madison. I can't see Lauren Embree getting it, seeing as she has had little success thus far on the pro level. Asia and Gail played terribly in Dothan, so I would have to count them out too. I don't know much about Stacy Tan or Beatrice Capra so I can't really say anything about them.
Whoever gets it, I just hope they get a kind first round.
There is a lot of talent in this group.