World No. 206 Ernesto Escobedo earned a wild card into the US Open last week by clinching first place in the US Open Wild Card Challenge. The Challenge tracks ranking points gained at hard-court tournaments during a five-week period. By capturing the most points, the West Covina, Calif. standout was awarded a spot in the upcoming US Open main draw.
These are the Top 5 things to know about Escobedo.
The American cracked the Top 100 to reach a career-high ranking of No. 67 for the first time in 2017 at 20 years old.
Last month, the 23-year-old captured the ATP Challenger in Granby, Canada, which gave him the majority of his points to win the US Open Wild Card Challenge. It was his first ATP Challenger title in three years.
Welcome back to titletown, @netoescobedo!— ATP Challenger Tour (@ATPChallenger) July 28, 2019
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In 2016, Escobedo also received a wild card entry into the US Open, winning his first-round match in his Grand Slam debut against Lukas Lacko.
Andy Roddick is a player that he has always looked up to and is still his role model. The young American hung a poster of the 2003 US Open champion in his childhood bedroom.
In 2017, Escobedo became the highest-ranked Mexican-American in the last fifty years.
The US Open main draw begins on August 26.