Tennis - American Coco Vandeweghe, who won the 2018 US Open doubles event and is a former US Open junior champion, has received a wild card for the third annual Central Coast Pro Tennis Open, a $60,000 event that takes place between 23rd-29th September at the Templeton Tennis Ranch.
Vandeweghe has been ranked inside the Top 15 earlier in her career but has been out for most of the season due to an ankle injury which later required surgery. She made a comeback at the US Open but lost to fellow American Sonya Kenin in the first round.
Canada's Eugenie Bouchard, a former World No. 5 and former Wimbledon finalist, will be the top seed in the women's draw. Ralph Goehring, CCPTO tournament director Templeton Tennis Ranch owner, commented, "Just like our first two years, we once again have a first-class field of top American and international up-and-coming WTA players in our field.
It always amazes me how the Central Coast Pro Tennis Open has been able to attract some of the biggest names ready to break through on tour. With the addition of CoCo and Genie, we have two of the biggest names currently on the WTA Tour”.
Other wild cards have been awarded to former world top 20 player Varvara Lepchenko and former University of Michigan star Emina Bektas. Other players in the draw include Americans Shelby Rogers, a former French Open quarter-finalist, Irina Falconi, Danielle Lao and Kayla Day.