The organizers of the final Grand Slam of the season have revealed the list with all 8 players that were awarded the US Open wild card, getting a chance to play in the main draw directly. Taylor Fritz is currently ranked 120th, reaching the quarter-final in Los Cabos and the semis in Aptos last week, desperately trying to find some form and get closer to the Top 100 again.
Between October 2015 and February 2016, we saw some really impressive tennis from him and everybody expected him in the Top 50 on regular basis, but he simply lost his drive and struggled ever since. US Open will be a nice chance for Taylor to score his first Grand Slam win, from the 7th attempt, especially if he gets some favorable draw.
21-year-old Christopher Eubanks is a Collegiate player at Georgia Tech and he is ranked 374th, which makes him one of the lowest-ranked players in the draw. Playing at home event in Atlanta, Chris scored his first win, beating Taylor Fritz in the first round, and he took down Jared Donaldson as well to reach his first quarter-final, where he got beaten by Ryan Harrison.
In the first round of Cincinnati, Ramkumar Ramanathan edged him in the first round but despite that Eubanks will have a chance to make a Grand Slam debut. 24-year-old Bjorn Fratangelo reached the semi-final in Newport but he didn't play well in the last couple of weeks, with an early exit in 4 tournaments.
Nonetheless, he will participate in his 8th Grand Slam event, looking for his second win. He played at the US Open twice before, never winning a set. Thai-Son Kwiatkowski is the national Collegiate champion, playing for Virginia Cavaliers, and he got the opportunity to make an ATP debut in Newport, losing to Peter Gojowczyk.
22-year-old won 1 Futures title in his career and he will now make a debut on the biggest tennis scene. A month and a half ago, Tommy Paul was ranked 400th, and then he started his great run, advancing to the semi-final of the Winnetka Challenger, and also to the quarter-final of Atlanta and Washington, his first serious results on the ATP level.
Tommy made a great progress on the list thanks to these results, cracking the Top 200, and he earned the wild card by winning US Open Wild Card Challenge, deserving to play his second Grand Slam event (he qualified in New York 2 years ago).
17-year-old Patrick Kypson will be the youngest player in the main draw (even if Denis Shapovalov qualifies), and he received a wild card after winning the USTA Boys’ 18s National Championships in Kalamazoo, beating JJ Wolf 6-7(1) 6-4 1-6 6-3 6-2! Patrick has already played in 2 Futures semi-finals, ranked 917th at the moment, and he became the first player since Alex Bogomolov in 2001 who won both U16 and U18 national titles.
Due to USTA’s reciprocal agreements with the French Tennis Federation, 19-year-old Geoffrey Blancaneaux will make his Grand Slam debut. He is currently ranked 328th and his career is mainly linked with Futures, playing 100 matches at that level and winning 4 titles, all in 2017. Complete list with players who received men's singles main draw wild cards: