(May 10, 2015) Harrison, New York teen Louisa Chirico, gained a USTA wild card into the French Open.
Stewart won the title in Indian Harbour Beach today in three sets and also reached the final in both Dothan and at the $50,000 event in Charlottesville, Va. However, by rule of the Har-Tru Wild Card Challenge, in the event of a tie, the player with the best WTA singles ranking in the published WTA rankings of Monday, May 11, 2015, will be awarded the wild card. Since Chirico will have the better WTA singles ranking on Monday, she is awarded the wild card. As of Sunday, Chirico is ranked No. 120 in the world and Stewart is ranked No. 201. Chirico will be ranked higher than Stewart tomorrow.
The 18-year-old will join Frances Tiafoe, a 17-year-old from Maryland who is the men’s USTA wild card, at the French Open which begins May 24 in Paris.
Any American that did not receive direct entry into the 2015 French Open was eligible for the wild card, awarded to the man and woman who earn the most ATP/WTA ranking points at select USTA Pro Circuit clay court events. The USTA and the French Tennis Federation have a reciprocal agreement in which wild cards into the 2015 French and US Opens are exchanged. USTA Player Development awards the women’s wild card to the player who accumulates the greatest number of WTA ranking points at two of three USTA Pro Circuit $50,000 clay-court events—the Hardee’s Pro Classic in Dothan, Ala., the Boyd Tinsley Clay Court Classic in Charlottesville, Va., and the Revolution Technologies Pro Tennis Classic in Indian Harbour Beach, Fla.