Team USA Takes Center Stage at the U.S. Open

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Eight Americans will be aiming to harness the home crowd support during opening weekend of the 2019 FS Investments U.S. Open, October 5-6.

Four of the six members of Team USA’s gold-medal-winning Pan American Games will aim to challenge the best in the world. All six members and coaching staff will be honored for their achievements in Lima on the glass court Monday following the 5:30pm match.

Amanda Sobhy, Pan Am Games triple gold medalist and world No. 8, is the highest-ranked American and only one to receive a first-round bye. Sobhy could face fellow American Olivia Fiechter in Sunday’s second round. Fiechter, world No. 40, would first need to get past Emily Whitlock, world No. 23, on the glass court Saturday at 4pm.

Olivia Blatchford Clyne, world No. 18, opens up her U.S. Open against twenty-year-old English international Lucy Turmel Saturday on the glass court at 5:45pm. World No. 42 Haley Mendez plays Australia’s former world No. 1 Rachael Grinham on the glass court at 1:45pm.

Wild Card Laila Sedky, a Seattle native, will contest the first match of the tournament on the glass court  against Egypt’s Nadine Shahin at 12pm noon local time. Sabrina Sobhy, a Pan Ams double gold medalist and the second women’s wild card, faces Egypt’s world No. 33 Mayar Hany.

Team USA lost a representative in the men’s draw this week following the withdrawal of local favorite, Todd Harrity. Harrity was forced with pull out due to an injury that has kept him off court since the Pan Am Games. As a result, wild cards Spencer Lovejoy and Andrew Douglas will be the lone Team USA representatives in the men’s draw.

Douglas, a rising junior at Penn,  will be in search of his first career U.S. Open victory in his fourth appearance–and second consecutive as a wild card. Douglas will follow Sabrina Sobhy on the glass court Saturday at 4:45pm against France’s world No. 35 Lucas Serme.

Lovejoy, a rising senior at Yale, is set for his second U.S. Open appearance, and first in the main draw as a wild card. The Connecticut-native will take on Egypt’s world No 25 Mazen Hesham on the glass court Saturday at 2:30pm.