The seventh edition of the US Open Wild Card Challenge is underway on the hard courts around the world and the top American player of the men's and women's standings will receive the main draw for the upcoming fourth Grand Slam of the season in New York.
Between July 9 and August 12, the lower-ranked players from the USA will battle in a five-week swing on hard courts (girls play only in the USA) and the winner of the men's Challenge will have to accumulate the most points in three different weeks.
Women are playing in seven different events, two WTA tournaments and five ITF $60,000 events, and the one who collects the most points in two different tournaments will punch the US Open ticket. Bradley Klahn has won Gatineau Challenger on Sunday, his first since 2014, and he leads the field with 80 points, leaving Collin Altamirano on 32 and Ernesto Escobedo on 22.
Bradley will play in Binghampton this week and he will have a chance to extend his lead since Altamirano and Escobedo decided not to compete. Klahn had won this Challenge five years ago when he lost in the second round to Feliciano Lopez in four sets.
After Honolulu and Berkeley events, Jessica Pegula and Nicole Gibbs share the top of the standings with 48 points, both losing in the final to Nao Hibino and Sofia Kenin. Pegula and Gibbs are missing this week's Ashland tournament and the only player from the Top 4 in the draw is Emina Bektas who has a chance to pass Pegula and Gibbs.
Nicole had won Challenge in 2014 and she used it perfectly, beating Caroline Garcia and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova before ending her run in the third round against Flavia Pennetta. The leaders after the first two weeks: