ASHLAND, Ky. — The road to the US Open, for at least one American woman, now has two stops in Northeastern Kentucky, as the Braidy Industries $60,000 Women’s Tennis Classic presented by Bon Secour Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital joins the USTA Pro Circuit for the US Open Wild Card Challenge.
The first-year tournament in Ashland July 22-29 joins the longtime event in Lexington, which is next week, as integral stops on the summer calendar, as a number of American women compete for a spot in next month’s US Open, the final Grand Slam of the year.
The US Open Wild Card Challenge awards one American woman and man a main draw wild card entry into the US Open. The Classic is the third in the string of five $60,000 USTA Pro Circuit women’s events that, along with the WTA tournaments in San Jose, Calif., and Washington, D.C., will help determine which American woman, whose ranking falls outside the direct-entry cutoff for the US Open, gets into the year’s final Grand Slam in New York.
The women’s wild card will be awarded to the American with the highest cumulative total of WTA singles ranking points earned from their best two results during this five-week period.