Eight Aussies set for US Open wildcard play-off
Eight Australian women will this week in New Haven compete for a US Open main draw wildcard.
Arina Rodionova heads an eight-player Australian field battling it out for US Open women’s main draw wildcard.
The world No.131, enjoying a career-best season in 2017, will be joined by several young Aussie women also on the rise, including Destanee Aiava, Lizette Cabrera and Jaimee Fourlis.
Also in the field is last year’s US Open wildcard play-off winner Ellen Perez, and Olivia Rogowska, Kimberly Birrell and Priscilla Hon.
Fourlis won the wildcard play-offs for this year’s Australian and French Opens.
“Providing our players with the opportunity to compete for valuable wildcards has proven to be a successful formula over the past couple of years,” Fed Cup captain Alicia Molik said.
“Everyone is in with a chance and the best performing player reaps the reward. I wish all the players the best for a great weekend of competition.”
The play-off tournament will be held on Friday 18 August to Sunday 20 August at the Connecticut Tennis Centre in New Haven.
It will be a knockout tournament format, with the winner securing the main-draw wildcard as part of a reciprocal deal between Tennis Australia and the United States Tennis Association.
An American woman is each year awarded a main draw wildcard into the Australian Open.