Teenage sensations Coco Gauff and Caty McNally and 2011 US Open champion Samantha Stosur are among the main-draw wildcard recipients for the 2019 US Open.
WTA Staff
August 13, 2019

FLUSHING, NY, USA -- Coco Gauff and Caty McNally are part of a group of teen queens who received wildcards into the singles main draw of the US Open, as announced by the USTA on Tuesday.

15-year-old Gauff and 17-year-old McNally, who won their first WTA title in the doubles draw of the Citi Open two weeks ago, are two of the five teenagers who were rewarded with wildcards into the main event of the year's final Grand Slam tournament.

Gauff captivated tennis fans globally when she raced into the second week of Wimbledon as a qualifier, defeating five-time champion Venus Williams en route, before falling to eventual champion Simona Halep in the fourth round.

Gauff, who was also the youngest-ever finalist in the US Open girls’ singles event as a 13-year-old in 2017 and defeated McNally in the 2018 Roland Garros girls' singles final, is currently standing at a career-high No.140 in the WTA Rankings.

McNally broke through in singles as well as doubles at the Citi Open, reaching her first WTA singles semifinal alongside her maiden doubles title with Gauff, and is now ranked at a career-high World No.121.

17-year-old Americans Whitney Osuigwe and Katie Volynets also notched wildcards into the main draw. Osuigwe, ranked a career-high World No.105, is another former Grand Slam junior singles champion, having won the 2017 French Open title.

Volynets earned her main draw wild card by defeating Emma Navarro for the USTA Billie Jean King Girls’ 18s National Championship on Sunday, and will play a Grand Slam main draw for the first time in her career. Volynets is currently at No.411 in the WTA Rankings.

The fifth teenager to get a main-draw wildcard is 16-year-old Diane Parry of France. Parry, ranked World No.334, reached the second round of the main draw at Roland Garros earlier this year.

Alongside these newcomers, the experience of Samantha Stosur was also rewarded with a wildcard into the US Open main draw. Former World No.4 Stosur won her only Grand Slam title to date in New York in 2011 by defeating Serena Williams in the final in straight sets.

The remaining two wildcards into the main draw were awarded to Americans Francesca Di Lorenzo, who reached the second round of the US Open last year as a qualifier, and Kristie Ahn, who earned her spot in her first US Open main draw since 2008 by winning the US Open Wild Card Challenge.

Meanwhile, 17-year-old American Hailey Baptiste, who upset Madison Keys in the first round of the Citi Open, received one of the wildcards into the US Open qualifying field.

Bethanie Mattek-Sands, a former Top 30 singles player as well as a former WTA Doubles World No.1, also received a wildcard into the qualifying event, as did former Top 100 players Shelby Rogers and Victoria Duval.

Navarro, Caroline Dolehide, Jamie Loeb, 15-year-old Katrina Scott, and 14-year-old Reese Brantmeier round out the qualifying wildcard recipients.