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Rising Southern Talent Granted Wild Cards into 2004 US Open

August 20, 2004 09:53 AM

The USTA announced the sixteen men's and women's main draw US Open wild card entries yesterday. Included on the list are four players with roots in the USTA Southern Section, including Brian Baker (Nashville, Tenn.), Scoville Jenkins (Atlanta, Ga.), Bobby Reynolds (Acworth, Ga.) and Ashley Harkelroad (Wesley Chapel, Fla.).

The 2004 US Open Tennis Championships will be played August 30 - September 12 at the USTA National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y. The US Open Men’s Singles Championship is presented by Lincoln Mercury and the Women’s Singles Championship is presented by JPMorgan Chase.

Brian Baker, 20, earned a career-high ATP Entry Ranking of No. 181 last week after sweeping the singles and doubles titles at the USTA Challenger in Denver, his first challenger title. He won his first ATP match this spring in Memphis and also reached the second round at the tour event in Newport, R.I. Baker
Scoville Jenkins, Photo Courtesy of Corey Shelton/IBM
began the year by winning his first professional singles title at the USTA Futures in Tampa. He is the leading men’s prize money winner on the 2004 USTA Pro Circuit and has posted a 23-9 record on the USTA Pro Circuit this year.

Scoville Jenkins, 18, earned the wild card as the winner of the USTA Boys’ 18s National Championship. He defeated Scott Oudsema in the best-of-five-sets final on Sunday to become the first African-American to win the event since it began in 1916. He is currently ranked No. 6 in the ITF World Junior Rankings, having reached the semifinals at Wimbledon earlier this summer. In the last year, he won two ITF Grade 1 junior titles, the Eddie Herr Championships and the Astrid Bowl.

Bobby Reynolds, 22, earned a career-high ATP Entry Ranking of No. 306 two weeks ago. He reached the semifinals at the USTA Challengers in Aptos, Calif., and Tallahassee, Fla., and the USTA Futures in McAllen, Texas. Reynolds recently completed his first full year on tour after turning professional as the

Ashley Harkleroad
No. 1 player in college tennis in May 2003 following his junior season at Vanderbilt.

Ashley Harkleroad, 20, currently lives and trains in Florida but her tennis career started in Rossville, Ga. She is currently ranked No. 93 in the WTA Tour Rankings, however was No. 115 at the time of the US Open entry deadline. Last month she upset No. 16 Patty Schnyder in the first round of the WTA Tour event in San Diego and defeated No. 66 Shinobu Asagoe in first round of the WTA Tour event in Los Angeles. Harkleroad, a former top 40 player, began the year by reaching her first career WTA Tour final in Auckland.

The other main draw wild cards include:

Men's

  • Alex Bogomolov, Jr. (Miami, Fla.)
  • Amer Delic (Jacksonville, Fla.)
  • KJ Hippensteel (Roanoke, Va.)
  • Wayne Odesnik (Weston, Fla.)
  • Rajeev Ram (Carmel, Ind.)

Women's

  • Angela Haynes (Compton, Calif.)
  • Jamea Jackson (Bradenton, Fla.)
  • Jessica Kirkland (Dayton, Ohio)
  • Amber Liu (La Mesa, Calif.)
  • Bethanie Mattek (Boca Raton, Fla.)
  • Kelly McCain (Tampa, Fla.)
  • Alexandra Stevenson (San Diego, Calif.)

In addition to the US Open main draw wild cards, the USTA also announced the eighteen men and women who have been awarded wild card entries into the US Open Qualifying Tournament, which will be held August 24-27 at the USTA National Tennis Center.

Headlining list is former University of Southern California standout Jewel Peterson, from College Park, Ga., and fifteen-year old Donald Young from Fairburn, Ga. Young, who many say is the brightest up and coming star in American men's tennis, made history at the 2004 Easter Bowl. Seeded second in the event, the 14-year-old became the youngest person ever to win the boys’ 18s title, when he came from behind to defeat top seed Daniel Yoo, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2, in the final. The winner of the boys’ 14s Easter Bowl title in 2003, Young is also the first person in the 37-year history of the tournament to win the boys' 14 and 18 titles in back-to-back years.

Players receiving US Open wild cards into the men's qualifying are: Brendan Evans (18, Key Biscayne, Fla.), Chris Guccione (19, Melbourne), Lesley Joseph (23, Rock Hill, S.C.), Mykyta Kryvonos (17, Flushing, N.Y.), Alex Kuznetsov (17, Richboro, Pa.), Scott Oudsema (18, Portage, Mich.), Phillip Simmonds (18, Reston, Va.), Todd Widom (21, Coral Springs, Fla.) and Donald Young (15, Fairburn, Ga.).

Those players receiving US Open wild cards into the women's qualifying are: Sarah Fansler (16, Thousand Oaks, Calif.), Alexa Glatch (who will turn 15 on Sept. 10, Newport Beach, Calif.), Vania King (15, Long Beach, Calif.), Alexandra Mueller (16, Abington, Pa.), Jessica Nguyen (16, Chatsworth, Calif.), Jewel Peterson (who will turn 23 on Sept. 10, College Park, Ga.), Andrea Remynse (15, Battle Creek, Mich.), Neha Uberoi (18, Boca Raton, Fla.) and Shikha Uberoi (21, Boca Raton, Fla.).

 

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