Americans Lauren Davis and Tommy Paul earned French Open main draw singles wild cards by finishing first in the USTA Roland Garros Wild Card Challenge, earning the most points over a number of USTA Pro Circuit clay court events in April and May.
The 25-year-old Davis will compete in her seventh French Open main draw later this month. On Sunday she won the USTA Pro Circuit event in Bonita Springs, Fla., beating Ann Li 7-5, 7-5 in the final, giving her enough points to edge Whitney Osuigwe 210-200 in the wild card point standings.
Lauren Davis wins the Finemark Women's Pro Tennis Championship.
By winning today's match at Bonita Bay Club Lauren has secured a spot in the French Open main draw. Way to go Lauren!@usta @ITF_Tennis @bbcusta @FineMarkBank @BonitaBayAssn @ndn @Fox4Now #tennis #frenchopen pic.twitter.com/FkeaKNsF6X
— Bonita Bay Club (@BonitaBayClub) May 12, 2019
Davis played in every French Open main draw from 2012-17, reaching the second round in 2012. She didn’t play at Roland Garros last year as she skipped the entire European clay-court season, citing fatigue.
Twenty-one-year-old Tommy Paul won the men’s wild card. The former French Open junior singles champion will compete in his first Roland Garros main draw. He finished ahead of Tennys Sandgren in the point standings.
Tommy Paul won the French Open boys’ singles title in 2015.
Four years later and now he will get his first crack at the Roland Garros main draw after winning the wild-card challenge…https://t.co/PGRyeXfNhX
— USTA (@usta) May 2, 2019
Paul won the singles title at the 100-level Challenger in Sarasota, Fla., and reaching the final at the Challenger 80 in Tallahassee, Fla. He lives in Orlando and trains at the USTA National Campus in the Lake Nona area.
He won the 2015 French Open boys’ singles title over fellow American Taylor Fritz, becoming only the second American boy to win the Roland Garros junior singles title since John McEnroe in 1977, after Bjorn Fratangelo won it in 2011.
This is the eighth consecutive year the USTA has used a wild card challenge format to award French Open wild cards for American players.
Roland Garros Wild Card Challenge winners:
2019: Tommy Paul; Lauren Davis
2018: Noah Rubin; Taylor Townsend
2017: Tennys Sandgren; Amanda Anisimova
2016: Bjorn Fratangelo; Taylor Townsend
2015: Frances Tiafoe; Louisa Chirico
2014: Robby Ginepri; Taylor Townsend
2013: Alex Kuznetsov; Shelby Rogers
2012: Brian Baker; Melanie Oudin
The 2019 French Open main draw will be held Sunday, May 26, to Sunday, June 9.
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