U.S. Open Wild Card Selections Highlight Collegiate Talent

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Andrew Douglas and Sabrina Sobhy at the 2019 Pan Am Games (images: Buda Mendes/Getty Images)

Four current and graduating U.S. college stars have been named wild cards for the FS Investments U.S. Open–Harvard’s Sabrina Sobhy, Yale’s Spencer Lovejoy, Penn’s Andrew Douglas and Washington’s Laila Sedky.

In the women’s draw, Sobhy is set for her first U.S. Open appearance as a full-time touring professional after graduating this spring. Sobhy, world. No. 68, returns to the ASB GlassCourt for the fourth time as a U.S. Open Wild Card, and her first appearance in Philadelphia since the 2016 U.S. Open. Sobhy enjoyed a successful summer representing Team USA at the Pan American Games where she earned gold medals in the team and doubles competitions. Sobhy will take on Egypt’s world No. 28 Mayar Hany Saturday, October 5, at 4pm on the Kline & Specter court 1.

Sedky, who attends the University of Washington, will make her U.S. Open debut under unfortunate circumstances, filling in for her sister who sustained an injury in recent weeks. The World Juniors veteran will embrace the opportunity against Egypt’s world No. 23 Nadine Shahin in the first match of the tournament on the glass court Saturday at 12pm noon.

Douglas, a rising junior at Penn, joins Sobhy in bringing back hardware from this summer’s Pan American Games–a team gold and mixed doubles bronze. Douglas 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 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 aim to build on winning his first career PSA title this June with his first win at a PSA Platinum tournament. Lovejoy will take on Egypt’s world No 25 Mazen Hesham on the glass court Saturday at 2:30pm.