Roland Garros Wild Card Challenge – Standings Update

Roland Garros (photo: Florian Heer)

ORLANDO, Fla., April 23, 2024

Veteran pros Sachia Vickery and Mitchell Krueger claimed first place and a share of first place, respectively, in the Roland Garros Wild Card Challenge heading into the final week for the men and the penultimate week for the women.

Krueger reached the Final at the USTA Pro Circuit Challenger 75 in Tallahassee, Fla., to tie Nicolas Moreno de Alboran at the top of the men’s standings with just one week remaining in the Challenge. Krueger is one of a host of American men playing the Challenger 75 in Savannah, Ga., this week, while Moreno de Alboran competes in another Challenger 75, in Rome, Italy.

Vickery qualified and reached the second round at the Porsche Grand Prix WTA 500 in Stuttgart, Germany, adding 85 points to her total and catapulting her into the lead with two weeks remaining on the women’s side of the Challenge.

The Challenge utilizes clay-court professional tournaments to award an American man and woman a main draw wild card into the French Open, as the USTA and FFT have a reciprocal agreement in which main draw wild cards for the 2024 French Open and US Open will be exchanged.

The full standings are below, along with each player’s current ranking in parenthesis:

Men’s Standings

T1. Nicolas Moreno de Alboran (138) — 63
T1. Mitchell Krueger (239) — 63
3. Michael Mmoh (114) — 50
4. Stefan Kozlov (451) — 38
5. Tennys Sandgren (260) — 28

Women’s Standings

1. Sachia Vickery (129) — 110
2. Katie Volynets (105) — 57
3. Katrina Scott (407) — 49
4. Varvara Lepchenko (244) — 48
5. Akasha Urhobo (564) — 37

Both the men’s and women’s wild cards will be awarded to the Americans with the most ranking points earned at a maximum of three clay-court tournaments during a five-week window for the women and a four-week window for the men. The last week of the men’s challenge is April 22. The last week of the women’s challenge is April 29.

All red-clay and Har-Tru events at the 35 level and above for the women and the 25 level and above for the men, including WTA and ATP Tour events, will be included in the Challenge.

Americans who otherwise earn direct entry into the French Open, or those who enter with a protected ranking, are not eligible. Should the player with the highest number of challenge points earn direct entry into the French Open, the wild card will go to the next eligible American in the Challenge points standings. In the event of a tie, the player with the best ATP or best WTA singles ranking on the Monday immediately following the challenge’s conclusion will earn the wild card.

The USTA utilizes this Challenge format to award wild cards into the Australian, French and US Opens. Previous Americans to earn wild cards into the French Open via the Challenge and how far they advanced at Roland Garros include:

2023: Emma Navarro (2R); Patrick Kypson (1R)
2022: Katie Volynets (2R); Michael Mmoh (1R)
2019: Lauren Davis (2R); Tommy Paul (1R)
2018: Taylor Townsend (2R); Noah Rubin (1R)
2017: Amanda Anisimova (1R); Tennys Sandgren (1R)
2016: Taylor Townsend (2R); Bjorn Fratangelo (2R)
2015: Louisa Chirico (1R); Frances Tiafoe (1R)
2014: Taylor Townsend (3R); Robby Ginepri (1R)
2013: Shelby Rogers (2R); Alex Kuznetsov (1R)
2012: Melanie Oudin (2R); Brian Baker (2R)