DURHAM, N.C. – Duke women’s tennis sophomore Kelly Chen has been selected to compete at the Blizzard Wild Card Challenge Dec. 15-18 at the USTA National Campus in Orlando, Fla.
A native of Cerritos, Calif., Chen enters the spring slate ranked No. 37 in singles after playing to a 6-2 fall ledger. Chen advanced to the quarterfinals of the main singles draw at the ITA All-American in September and posted a flawless performance at the Kitty Harrison Invitational.
The women's champion will earn a spot in the main draw of a 2019 $60K tournament, while the men's winner will receive a main-draw wild card to the Orlando ATP 80 Challenger event that starts Dec. 31. Along with wild cards, the student-athletes also will be competing for a guaranteed spot on the 2019 Collegiate National Team. A member of the squad receives grant money to travel to professional tournaments and coaching from USTA Player Development staff.
Eight men and eight women will be divided into two groups for round-robin play, with the top two in each group advancing to the semifinals on Dec. 17. The finals will take place Dec. 18.
The event is being hosted by USTA Player Development and the USTA Collegiate Department.
Live streaming will be available on USTANationalCampus.com, and live scoring will accompany the semifinals and finals.
2018 BLIZZARD WILD CARD CHALLENGE | COMPETITORS
Kelly Chen (Duke)
Sara Daavettila (North Carolina)
Salma Ewing (USC)
Michaela Gordon (Stanford)
Makenna Jones (North Carolina)
Ashley Lahey (Pepperdine)
Brienne Minor (Michigan)
Sophie Whittle (Gonzaga)
Alafia Ayeni (Cornell)
Oliver Crawford (Florida)
Brandon Holt (USC)
John McNally (Ohio State)
Emil Reinberg (Georgia)
Sam Riffice (Florida)
Alex Rybakov (TCU)
Keegan Smith (UCLA)
2018 BLIZZARD WILD CARD CHALLENGE | SCHEDULE
Saturday, Dec. 15
3 p.m. | Round-Robin Play
Sunday, Dec. 16
10 a.m. | Round-Robin Play
4 p.m. | Round-Robin Play
Monday, Dec. 17
10 a.m. | Women’s Semifinals and Consolation followed by Men’s Semifinals
Tuesday, Dec. 18
10 a.m. | Finals and Consolation