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US Open Wild Cards Awarded To Four Southern Men

August 19, 2005 10:52 AM

A talented group of eight young Americans were given wild cards into the Main Draw of this year's US Open yesterday. Included on the list were four players who call the USTA Southern Section home, including Brian Baker (Nashville, TN), Scoville Jenkins (Atlanta, GA), Bobby Reynolds (Acworth, GA) and Donald Young (Fairburn, GA).

James Blake, 1998 US Open runner-up Mark Philippoussis, former Top 20 player Jan-Michael Gambill, and Rajeev Ram rounded out the list of men’s singles main draw wild card entries in the 2005 US Open Tennis Championships, which will be played August 29 - September 11 at the USTA National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y.


Baker
, 20, is currently No. 197 in the ATP Entry Ranking having been sidelined twice this year with injury. In the past three weeks, he reached the semifinal of USTA Challengers in Lexington, Ky., and Binghamton, N.Y. and the second round of the US Open Series event in Washington, DC. In April, following a three-month break with a left wrist injury, he reached the final of the USTA Challenger in Tunica Resorts, Miss.

Jenkins, 18, is currently ranked a career-high No. 373 in the ATP Entry Ranking in his first full season as a professional. Last year, he made his tour-level debut at the US Open, earning a wild card as the USTA Boys’ 18s champion and lost to defending champion Andy Roddick in the first round. This year he has reached the semifinals of USTA Futures in Harlingen, Texas and Auburn, Calif., and the quarterfinals of USTA Challengers in Aptos, Calif., and Lexington, Ky.

Reynolds, 23, is currently a career-high No. 129 in the ATP Entry Rankings following a quarterfinal finish at the US Open Series event in Washington, D.C. He began the year by qualifying for the main draw at the Australian Open, where he reached the third round. Reynolds is 10-3 on the USTA Pro Circuit this summer, reaching the final of the Lexington Challenger and the semifinals of Aptos and Binghamton.

Young, 16, currently the No. 1 junior tennis player in the world, earned his wild card by winning the 2005 USTA Boys’ 18s National Championship last weekend in Kalamazoo, Mich. He will attempt to become the youngest player to win a men’s singles match at the US Open since Michael Chang in 1987, and will be the sixth youngest boy ever to compete in the US Open. Young defeated Sam Querrey in the Kalamazoo final 7-6(4), 5-7, 6-2 to become the second African-American to win the Boys’ 18s title in the tournament’s 90-year history, joining last year’s winner Scoville Jenkins.

The US Open Men’s Singles Championship is presented by Lexus. Both the men’s and women’s US Open singles champions will earn $1.1 million with the ability to earn up to $2.2 million based on their performances in the US Open Series. In addition, both US Open singles champions will receive a 2006 Lexus GS 430 automobile.

In addition to the eight US Open men’s singles main draw wild cards, the USTA also announced the nine men who have been awarded wild card entries into the US Open Qualifying Tournament, which will be held August 23-26 at the USTA National Tennis Center.

Six of the nine qualifying wild card recipients are aged 19 or younger.

Players receiving US Open qualifying wild cards are: Alex Clayton (17, Bradenton, Fla.), Brendan Evans (19, Key Biscayne, Fla.), Zack Fleishman (25, Playa del Rey, Calif.), John Paul Fruttero (24, Berkeley, Calif.), Jesse Levine (17, Boca Raton, Fla.), Wayne Odesnik (19, Weston, Fla.), Sam Querrey (17, Thousand Oaks, Calif.), Travis Rettenmaier (22, Los Angeles), and Timothy Smyczek (17, Milwaukee, Wisc.).

US Open Junior Acceptance Lists Announced

Donald Young of the United States and Viktoria Azarenka of Belarus, the current No. 1 boys' and girls' players in the world, are among the players on the acceptance lists for the 2005 US Open Junior Tennis Championships, which will be held at the USTA National Tennis Center from Sept. 5-11.
Nine of the top 10 boys' players in the world and eight of the top 10 girls are among the juniors expected to compete in this year's tournament.

Besides Young, the 2005 Australian Open boys' champion, other boys on the acceptance list for the year's final Grand Slam are No. 2-ranked Marin Cilic of Croatia, who won the French Open title in May, No. 5 Jeremy Chardy of France, this year's Wimbledon winner, No. 7 Robin Haase of the Netherlands, a Wimbledon finalist and Australian Open semifinalist in 2005, and No. 10 Timothy Neilly of the United States, a quarterfinalist at both Wimbledon and the Australian Open this year and the reigning Orange Bowl champion.

Joining 2005 Australian Open winner Azarenka on the girls' list are Poland's Agnieska Radwanska, the third-ranked player in the world, who picked up her first Grand Slam title at Wimbledon, ninth-ranked Romanian Raluca Olaru, a finalist at Roland Garros in May, and American Alexa Glatch, ranked 12th, who won the Easter Bowl-US Closed Championships title in April and is 30-7 in ITF play this year.

 

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