2015 US Open boy’s champion Taylor Fritz will once again be back in Flushing Meadows this summer, this time looking to leave his mark in the men’s singles competition.
The 19-year-old American headlines the eight players who received wild cards into the men’s main draw of the 2017 US Open, joined by seven of the most promising young players in the game – including a host of young American hopefuls.
Fritz, currently ranked No. 120 in the world, is joined by a slew of fellow American wild-card recipients Bjorn Fratangelo, Tommy Paul, Christopher Eubanks, Thai-Son Kwiatkowski and Patrick Kypson. All are 22 or younger.
Frenchman Geoffrey Blancaneaux, 19, and Australian Alex de Minaur, 18, received wild cards courtesy the USTA’s reciprocal agreements with the French Tennis Federation and Tennis Australia that allow for an American man to receive a wild card into the main draw at the French Open and Australian Open.
Paul, 20, earned his wild card by winning the 2017 US Open Wild Card Challenge, contested largely on the USTA Pro Circuit, while Kypson, 17, secured his by winning the USTA Boys’ 18s National Championships. Virginia’s Kwiatkowski was the 2017 NCAA men’s tennis singles champion.
Fritz finished 2015 ranked No. 1 in the ITF World Junior Rankings, and was the vanguard to a strong group of young American men playing on the tour. In 2016, he reached the Memphis final in just his third ATP event, became the youngest player to finish 2016 in the Top 100 of the ATP rankings and was named 2016 ATP Newcomer of the Year.
Paul is arguably the hottest player among the young Americans. Earlier this summer he reached the quarterfinals at the ATP event in Washington, D.C., and at the US Open Series tournament in Atlanta, and he most recently topped Donald Young to advance to the second round of the Masters 1000 event in Cincinnati.
The 23-year-old Fratangelo broke into the ATP’s Top 100 and reached a career-high ranking of No. 99 in June 2016. After turning pro in 2012, he has gone on to win 10 USTA Pro Circuit and ITF-level singles titles. This year, he has made it to five different ATP challenger level quarterfinals and the semifinals in the US Open Series event in Newport, falling to fellow American John Isner. He is ranked No. 130 in the world.
Georgia Tech’s Christopher Eubanks, a two-time Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year, has seen an impressive run during the 2017 US Open Series. The 21-year-old defeated Fritz in the first round of the BB&T Atlanta Open to earn his first career ATP victory. Eubanks followed his win with another, crushing No. 8 seed and world No. 59 Jared Donaldson to advance to the quarterfinals.
In addition to the eight wild cards, the USTA also announced the nine men who have been awarded wild-card entries into the US Open Qualifying Tournament. Players receiving US Open qualifying wild cards are former US Open doubles quarterfinalist Christian Harrison; 2017 NCAA men’s singles runner-up William Blumberg; former NCAA doubles champion Austin Krajicek; Boys’ 18s runner-up Jeffrey John Wolf; former top junior and collegiate standout Evan King; 2011 NCAA team champion Daniel Nguyen; 2014 NCAA men’s singles champion Marcos Giron; former NCAA champion and world No. 63 Bradley Klahn; and former USC standout Raymond Sarmiento.
The 2017 US Open runs from Monday, Aug. 28, to Sunday, Sept. 10. The US Open Qualifying Tournament begins Tuesday, Aug. 22, and is free to the public.