The United Tennis States Association has announced its Australian Open wild card challenge with players having a chance to earn a wild card into the main draw of the 2020 Australian Open. The series will start from the week of October 21st for the women and October 28th for the men and will conclude the week of November 11th for both men and women.
As per a reciprocal agreement between the USTA and Tennis Australia, main draw wild cards are exchanged for the Australian Open and US Open. As per the rules of the Challenger by the USTA, Americans who earn a direct entry into the Australian Open or players ranked inside the ATP/ WTA Top 50 are not eligible for the wild card.
In case, the player with the highest points earns direct entry into the Australian Open, the wild card would go to the player with the next highest points. In the event of a tie, the player with the best ATP/ WTA ranking as of November 18th would earn the wild card.
The tournaments on the men's side include - Week of Oct. 28: ATP Masters 1000 Paris; ATP Challenger 110: Shenzhen, China; USTA Pro Circuit/ATP Challenger 80s: Charlottesville, Va.; Playford, Australia.
Week of Nov. 4: ATP Challenger 110: Bratislava, Slovakia; USTA Pro Circuit/ATP Challenger 80s: Knoxville, Tenn.; Kobe, Japan.
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11: ATP Challenger 125: Houston; USTA Pro Circuit/ATP Challenger 80s: Champaign, Ill.; Helsinki, Finland; Ortisei, Italy; Pune, India. The men’s wild card will go to the American with the highest cumulative total of ATP singles ranking points earned from their best two results during the three weeks.
The tournaments on the women's side include - Week of Oct. 21: USTA Pro Circuit/ITF World Tennis Tour W80s: Macon, Ga.; Poitiers, France; ITF World Tennis Tour W60s: Saguenay, Canada.
Week of Oct. 28: USTA Pro Circuit W80: Tyler, Texas; ITF World Tennis Tour W60s: Toronto, Canada; Liuzhou, China; Nantes, France.
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4: USTA Pro Circuit W60 Event: Las Vegas; ITF World Tennis Tour W100: Shenzhen, China.
Week of Nov. 11: WTA $125,000 Series Events: Houston; Taipei; ITF World Tennis Tour W100: Tokyo. The women’s wild card will be awarded to the American with the highest cumulative total of WTA singles ranking points earned from their best three results during the four weeks. Last year, the wild cards for the tournament were won by Jack Sock and Whitney Osuigwe.