ASHLAND, Ky. — Opening-round play is set to begin this morning in the Braidy Industries $60,000 Women’s Tennis Classic at the Ashland Tennis Center. Qualifying began on Monday.
The Tennis Classic will again be part of the US Open Wild Card Challenge. The tournament’s inaugural event last year included 14 players who played in the 2018 US Open and was embraced by the local Ashland community. It was awarded the Tournament of the Year by the Kentucky Tennis Association.
Three players who played in the Ashland tournament — with primary sponsors of Braidy Industries and Bon Secours Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital — went on to compete in the 2018 US Open: Caroline Dolehide, Asia Muhammad, and Whitney Osuigwe. Eleven others made it to the US Open Qualifier, including Ashland champion Gail Brodsky.
All of the 2019 Main Draw tournament matches will again be available via live scoring. The Feature Match of the Day and the quarterfinals, semifinals and finals will be broadcast live online at ashlandprotennis.com. All matches will be at the Ashland Tennis Center.
US Open Wild Card Challenge
The USTA will be awarding one (1) women’s main draw wild card into 2019 US Open based on performance in specific ITF World Tennis Tour events and specific WTA Tour events. The wild card will be awarded to the American player with the highest total of cumulative WTA singles ranking points from their best three (3) results – including points earned in qualifying and main draw:
- Players’ best three (3) singles results including points earned in qualifying and main draw for specific ITF World Tennis Tour events listed below and specific WTA Tour events listed below during a five (5) week time period. Weeks of July 8, July 15, July 22, July 29 & August 5 will be used and combined to calculate the point total.
- In the event of a tie, the player with the best WTA singles ranking in the published WTA rankings on Monday, August 12, 2019 will be awarded the wild card.
- Should the player with the highest total of cumulative WTA singles points from their best three (3) results become a Direct Acceptance into the US Open, the next eligible American player with the highest cumulative WTA singles points from their best three (3) results will be awarded the wild card (ties will be broken as described above).
- In the event that issues arise that are not covered by these rules, USTA Player Development will be the final arbiter.
- At the time of the July 8 published WTA rankings, players ranked within the Top #50 WTA will not be eligible in the Wild Card Challenge.
- Players who are USA passport holders and are eligible to represent the United States in Fed Cup competition in 2019 are eligible to be considered for the main draw wild card.
- The minimum age for eligibility is 14. There is no maximum age restriction.
- Week of July 8 – ITF World Tennis Tour W60 Honolulu, HI
- Week of July 15 – ITF World Tennis Tour W60 Berkeley, CA
- Week of July 22 – ITF World Tennis Tour W60 Ashland, KY / ITF World Tennis Tour W80 Granby, CAN
- Week of July 29 – ITF World Tennis Tour W60 Lexington, KY / San Jose WTA Premier / Washington, D.C. WTA International
- Week of August 5 – ITF World Tennis Tour W60 Landisville, PA / Toronto WTA Premier 5