Ana Konjuh and Benjamin Bonzi headline US Open qualifying draw
128 women and men will battle it out for 16 main draw berths as the US Open qualifying draw begins on Tuesday
The qualifying draws for the women’s singles & men’s singles event at the US Open was released on Monday by the United States Tennis Association (USTA). 16 berths in the main draw are up for grabs as the qualifying event gets underway on Tuesday at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.
The women’s qualifying draw is headlined by Croatia’s Ana Konjuh. The former world No 20 reached the quarter-finals of the US Open in 2016 while she was only 19 years old. After struggling with elbow injuries for the past few seasons, Konjuh saw her ranking drop to No 477 earlier this year but has bounced back this year – having already risen to No 87 in the rankings.
Also hoping to gain one of the main draw berths will be 2018 US Open quarterfinalist Lesia Tsurenko, of Ukraine, British teenager Emma Raducanu, who reached the last 16 at Wimbledon as a wild card, Egypt’s Mayer Sherif, and Slovakia’s Anna Karolina Schmiedlova.
Benjamin Bonzi is the top seed in the US Open men’s qualies draw
On the men’s side, the 128-player qualifyng draw is headlned by world No 94 Benjamin Bonzi, of France.
Other notables names in the men’s draw include former Top 10 players Ernests Gulbis of Latvia, Spain’s Fernando Verdasco, Croatian veteran Ivo Karlovic and Danish teenager Holger Rune, who has won two successive ATP Challenger tour titles in recent weeks.
This year, the US Open qualifying event will be closed to the public in the interest of health and safety.