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 (women are competing only in the USA) and the winner of the men's Challenge will have to accumulate the most points in three different weeks while women's standings count two best results.
Bradley Klahn is still the leader in men's section after winning the title in Gatineau, taking two weeks off as he didn't play in the previous week or in this one. Collin Altamirano and Noah Rubin share the second place with 32 points and they are 10 in front of Ernesto Escobedo who received a wild card for this week's ATP 250 event in Los Cabos.
The Americans will chase points in Washington, Los Cabos and Lexington and it will take something special from Klahn's rivals if they want to catch him at the top. The 27-year-old Gail Brodsky, a mother of two, is the new leader in women's standings after winning the title in Ashland as a qualifier, her biggest in a career so far.
In the title match, Gail defeated Maegan Manasse who is now the second player on the list, trailing 32 points to Brodsky (88-56). Jessica Pegula and Nicole Gibbs hadn't played in Ashland and they are now 40 points behind Brodsky.
This week offers a great chance for those lower-ranked players to earn more valuable points, with San Jose and Washington WTA events and $60,000 ITF tournament in Lexington (Brodsky and Pegula will play there). The leaders after three weeks: