US Open Junior wild cards.

title_main_1The USTA announced the names of eight boys and eight girls who have been offered wild card entries into the 2009 US Open boys’ and girls’ singles championships. The US Open Junior Championships will be played September 6–13 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y.

Three 2009 USTA National Champions were granted wild card entries – Chase Buchanan (USTA Boys’ 18s), Gonzales Austin (USTA Boys’ 16s), Lauren Davis (USTA Girls’ 16s) – in addition to runner-up Jack Sock (USTA Boys’ 16s) and 2008 USTA Girls’ 18s winner Gail Brodsky.

US Open Boys’ Main Draw Wild Card Recipients

Gonzales Austin (16, Miami)

Chase Buchanan (18, New Albany, Ohio)

Bjorn Fratangelo (16, Pittsburgh)

Dennis Novikov (15, Boca Raton, Fla.)

Junior Ore (16, Gaithersburg, Md.)

Jack Sock (16, Lincoln, Neb.)

Raymond Sarmiento (17, Fontana, Calif.)

Johannes (Bob) Van Overbeek (17, Boca Raton, Fla.)

US Open Girls’ Main Draw Wild Card Recipients

Julia Boserup (17, Boca Raton, Fla.)

Gail Brodsky (18, Brooklyn, N.Y.)

Jacqueline Cako (17, Brier, Wash.)

Alexandra Cercone (17, Seminole, Fla.)

Lauren Davis (15, Gates Mills, Ohio)

Ester Goldfeld (16, Brooklyn, N.Y.)

Grace Min (15, Duluth, Ga.)

Asia Muhammad (18, Henderson, Nev.)

In addition to the main draw wild cards, the USTA has also announced the names of five boys and five girls who have been offered wild card entries into the junior qualifying tournament, which will be played September 4-5.

Boys’ qualifying wild cards have been offered to Marcos Giron (16, Thousand Oaks, Calif.), Alexios Halebian (15, Glendale, Calif.), Mitchell Krueger (15, Aledo, Texas), Nathan Pasha (17, Atlanta) and Shane Vinsant (15, Keller, Texas). Girls’ qualifying wild cards have been offered to Courtney Dolehide (17, Hinsdale, Ill.), Victoria Duval (13, Bradenton, Fla.), Ellen Tsay (15, Pleasanton, Calif.), Chanelle Van Nguyen (15, Coconut Grove, Fla.) and Sachia Vickery (14, Miramar, Fla.). One additional wild card into each of the qualifying draws will be announced at a later time.

Three US Open Junior Champions – Andy Roddick (2000), Lindsay Davenport (1992) and Stefan Edberg (1983) – went on to win the US Open singles title, as did junior runners-up Roger Federer (1998), Boris Becker (1984), Svetlana Kuznetsova (2001) and Martina Hingis (1994).

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