Steve Johnson Set To Play For US Open Wild Card
Aug. 18, 2010
USC's Steve Johnson has ridden the great success of his sophomore season with the Trojans into a busy and successful summer. As he settles into his junior season at Troy, Johnson has a couple shots this month of working his way into the main draw of the US Open.
He first has been tabbed as one of eight men's players to compete in the USTA Player Development's US Open Wild Card Playoff. The winner of the tournament, which will run August 18-20 in Boca Raton, Fla., will secure a wild card into the main draw. Johnson is among 16 male and female players to be invited to the playoff. All 16 are considered the country's top collegiate and junior players, and also includes a number of USTA Pro Circuit professionals.
Should Johnson not secure a main draw wild card through the Playoffs, he also is in line for competition at the US Open Qualifying Tournament. One of nine wild card picks for the Qualifying Tournament thanks to his selection as a member of the 2010 USTA Summer Collegiate Team, Johnson can also push for a main draw slot during that tourney, which is slated to run August 24-27 in Flushing, N.Y.
A two-time NCAA Team champion with the Trojans, Johnson was an ITA All-American in singles and doubles this past season. He also was selected an ITA Collegiate All-Star and was honored with Pac-10 Doubles Team of the Year with Robert Farah as well as an All-Pac-10 First Team pick in 2010. He finished the year ranked No. 9 in the nation in singles and No. 2 in doubles with Farah.