By: Victoria Chiesa | Courtesy of the US Open & USTA | US Open Feature


NCAA Division I women’s singles champion Alexa Noel and the men’s doubles champions, Robert Cash and JJ Tracy, will receive main-draw wild cards into those competitions at the 2024 US Open.

Noel, 21, defeated the University of Georgia’s Anastasiia Lopata, 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, in the women’s singles final earlier this month to become the third woman from the University of Miami to claim the NCAA singles title all-time, joining Audra Cohen in 2007 and Estela Perez-Somarriba in 2019. The redshirt junior was the tournament’s No. 8 seed and knocked off the nation’s No. 1-ranked player, Mary Stoiana from Texas A&M, in the semifinals.

The Summit, N.J. native, a former junior finalist at Wimbledon, will be returning to the US Open for the first time since 2019 when she competed in the girls’ singles, and she and Abigail Forbes received a wild card into the women’s doubles main draw as the USTA’s national 18s doubles champions.

Meanwhile, Cash, 23, and Tracy, 21, defeated Florida State’s Antoine Cornut-Chauvinc and Joshua Dous-Karpenschif in a decisive match tiebreak to give Ohio State its second consecutive men’s doubles national title. Cash and Tracy were one of the top-ranked doubles teams in the country throughout the season, and helped lead the Buckeyes to a 34-2 record and an appearance in the semifinals of the NCAA team championships.

Additionally, Columbia University’s Michael Zheng, who reached the men’s singles final, will receive a wild card into qualifying. The 20-year-old from Montville, N.J. fell in the men’s singles final against Alabama’s Filip Planinsek in three sets. The Columbia sophomore competed at the US Open in 2022, when he was the No. 16 seed in the boys’ singles, and in men’s qualifying in 2023.

“These wild cards reflect the USTA’s continued commitment to supporting our top-performing American collegians at the NCAA Division I level,” Martin Blackman, the general manager for USTA Player Development, said.

Six Americans currently ranked inside the ATP and WTA’s Top 100 are former NCAA singles champions, led by Top 10 player Danielle Collins (Virginia; 2014, 2016), and 2023 US Open semifinalist Ben Shelton (Florida; 2022). Marcos Giron (UCLA; 2014), Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA; 2016), Emma Navarro (Virginia, 2021) and Peyton Stearns (Texas; 2022) round out the illustrious list.

“The pathway from college to professional tennis is as strong as ever,” Blackman added.

The 2024 US Open main draw begins on Aug. 26 and runs through Sept. 8. Individual tickets go on sale to the general public on Monday, June 3 beginning at 9 a.m. ET.

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