The seventh edition of the US Open Wild Card Challenge has reached its final week and the lower-ranked American players will fight for the US Open main draw wild card at four tournaments in men's section and at $60,000 Landisville event for girls. After four weeks of playing on hard courts around the world (ATP and Challenger level) the situation is quite clear among the ATP players, with ther 27-year-old Bradley Klahn clinching the title to top the standings and punch the US Open ticket.
Klahn has qualified for the main draw in Toronto and he defeated David Ferrer in the first round to create the crucial gap ahead of Michael Mmoh, Marcos Giron and Tommy Paul (Noah Rubin is currently second but he is not playing this week) who can't catch him even if some them win the Aptos Challenger. Klahn will compete in New York for the fifth time and the first since 2014, scoring two wins overall.
After winning the title in Lexington last week (only two wins in the previous three weeks), the 27-year-old Asia Muhammad tops the standings with 95 points but she will not compete in the last stop of the Challenge in Landisville, leaving the door opened for some of the rivals behind her to pass her and steal the US Open Invitation. Gail Brodsky, Nicole Gibbs and Jessica Pegula could all pass her some of them win the title and it should be interesting to follow this tournament as they play for a chance to compete at the home Major and guaranteed $54,000, which is a lot of money for the players outside the Top 100 who don't have a chance to play Grand Slams on regular basis. Leaders of the women's standigs: