News Americas, FLUSHING, N.Y., Weds. Aug. 19, 2015: Nineteen-year-old Haitian-American tennis star, Vicky Duval has given cancer a slam dunk and is set to return to the 2015 US Open.
The Bradenton, Florida teen who was born to Haitian parents received a wild card entry to the Open, USTA officials said Tuesday. Duval is the breakout star of the 2013 US Open who recently returned to competition following a year-long recovery from Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.
At the 2013 U.S. Open, she beat 2011 champion Sam Stosur in the first round. She has won one singles and one doubles title on the ITF tour in her career after turning pro in 2010. On August 4, 2014, Duval reached her best singles ranking of world number 87.
The 2015 US Open will be played from August 31st to September 13th at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y. The wild card entries into the US Open Qualifying Tournament will be held between August 25th-28th at the King National Tennis Center.
Duval is among 16 players whose wild cards for qualifying at Flushing Meadows were announced Tuesday by the U.S. Tennis Association. There are also eight men’s and eight women’s main-draw wild cards, including for 2001 champion Lleyton Hewitt and Bethanie Mattek-Sands.
Both the men’s and women’s singles champions this year will earn $3.3 million, with the ability to earn an additional $1 million in bonus prize money – for a total $4.3 million potential payout – based on their performances in the Emirates Airline US Open Series.
US Open tickets can be purchased: at USOpen.org; by calling Ticketmaster at 1-866-OPEN-TIX; at all Ticketmaster outlets; and at the box office at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.