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Wild Card Guidelines

Wild cards are available for junior and professional players to compete in various USTA Jr National Events, ITF World Tennis Tour Junior events, US-based ITF World Tennis Tour professional events and US-based ATP Challenger events. Wild cards are awarded to players who are unable to get into a particular event on thier own ranking.
 
The number of wild cards that are available in each draw varies at each event and is determined by the ITF for ITF World Tennis Tour junior events and US-based ITF World Tennis Tour professional events and by the USTA for USTA events. Below we have listed the description of the various types of wild cards available and information on how to apply for them:

ITF Junior Tournament Wild Cards

There are two types Wild Cards for ITF Junior Tournaments which players may apply for: those that are decided by the USTA and those that are decided by the Tournament Director.

ITF Junior Tournament Wild Cards Decided by USTA - Applications for ITF Junior Tournament wild cards decided by the USTA must be submitted online at the link below. E-mailed or faxed wild card requests will not be accepted. These wild cards are only for ITF junior tournaments held within the United States. The number of wild cards available varies from tournament to tournament. Wild cards are decided by the USTA Junior Competition Department in consultation with the Heads of Men's & Women’s Tennis. Only those players selected to receive wild cards will be notified.
 
Deadline: No later than 5 days after the tournament entry deadline.
Contact: Mason Mayborg mason.mayborg@usta.com
 
Online Application (Make sure to select ITF Tournament under Tournament Type)
 
ITF Junior Tournament Wild Cards Decided by Tournament Director - Since some of the wild card are not controlled by the USTA, players may also contact the ITF tournament director.  Both the availability and number of tournament director-decided wild cards varies from tournament to tournament.  Contact the ITF tournament director to learn whether wild cards are available and how to apply.

US-based ITF World Tennis Tour Professional events & US-based ATP Challenger events

Wild Card applications for US-based ITF World Tennis Tour professional events and US-based ATP Challenger events must be submitted online by using the Online Wild Card Request Form below. These wild cards are determined by the Heads of Men’s & Women’s Tennis and are only for events held within the United States. Only those players selected to receive wild cards will be notified. Players may also contact the individual tournament directors regarding the local wild cards for their individual events. In addition, some of the wild cards can be earned and are further explained within the Merit-Based Wild Card section of this webpage.

Deadline: 13 days prior to the Monday start of the event; by 2pm Eastern time
 

USTA National Championship Wild Cards

Wild cards are available for all age divisions of USTA National Championships.  

Note the Wild Card Selection Criteria as provided in the 2018 Junior National Tournament Ranking and Sanctioning Regulations

The Wild Card Committee shall use the following criteria to select wild cards:

  • No player that is under suspension by the USTA, a Sectional Association, the ITF, the ITA, the WTA, or the ATP may be awarded a wild card.
  • No player who has a national standing below the standing of the first alternate may be awarded a wild card unless, in the opinion of the Wild Card Committee, the player will improve the overall strength of field of the tournament.
     
  • No player who submits a late wild card application may be considered. Timely entries into the tournament are recommended, but are not required. 
  • A player with an established record in international, professional, or collegiate competition may be considered. 
  • A player whose ability to qualify has been affected by injury, illness, or other personal circumstance may be considered. 
  • A player with a high standing in a younger age division of the event may be considered. 
  • A player with a high standing in the division of the event who was not endorsed by their Sectional Association may be considered, provided that the player has been recommended for a wild card by their Sectional Association. 
  • A player who has been recommended for a wild card by the USTA National Coaching Staff may be considered.
  • USTA Player Development may hold an invitational wild card playoff competition to which the winner shall be awarded a wild card, provided that the Junior Competition Committee has approved the competition in advance.
  • The USTA may hold a wild card playoff tournament to select one wild card for The USTA National Championships in each of the Boys’ and Girls’ 18 Divisions.

Deadline: No later than 5 days after tournament entry deadline (Tuesday at 5:00 p.m. EST)

Contact: Mason Mayborg (mason.mayborg@usta.com)
 
National Junior Wild Card Request Form (Click Here and select National Jr)

Merit-Based Wild Cards

Updated 4/1/20: Due to the current situation with COVID-19 and the suspension of the tennis Tours, the allocation of Merit Based Wildcards for 2020 and the allocation of outstanding Merit Based Wildcards from 2019, is suspended.  
 

Once the Tours resume we recommend that you submit wild card requests (via the link below).  We cannot guarantee any wildcards, but our wild card Committees will work tirelessly to assist as many players as possible during this unprecedented time.  We will be updating this page with future announcements related to wild cards.

 

Wild Card Request Link: https://usta.fairplayams.com/AMS/public/sites/tennis/usta/ustaRequestWildcard.aspx

 

 
 
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