With Darian King’s riveting three set victory over former Freedom Lukas Lacko in the final round of qualifying, all six 2017 Freedoms currently active on the pro tour will play in this year’s US Open!
With his spot in the US Open secured, Darian (left) will play in his first-ever grand slam main draw, continuing to make history for his native Barbados in the process; Darian is the first-ever Barbadian to play in a major main draw. The Freedoms rookie will face a steep challenge in the first round, having drawn no. 4 seed Alexander Zverev, who is considered by many experts to be a potential favorite to take home the men’s single title.
Darian’s teammate Donald Young (right) finds himself on the opposite side of Darian’s situation, drawing young German qualifier Maximilian Marterer in the first round. The no. 7-ranked American on the ATP Tour, Donald enters his 12th US Open. In past Opens, he’s made memorable runs to the fourth round in singles (2011 and 2015) and also reached the 2014 mixed doubles semifinal with Freedoms teammate Taylor Townsend.
For her part, Taylor (left) enters her fifth US Open main draw, drawing world no. 127 Ana Bogdan in the first round. Taylor is also expected to play in both women’s and mixed doubles at this year’s Open. In addition to her stellar play in mixed doubles for the Freedoms this past season and her aforementioned 2014 Open run with Donald Young, Taylor also reached the women’s doubles quarterfinals in Flushing one year ago.
Sloane Stephens (right), Taylor’s women’s doubles partner for most of the 2017 Freedoms season, returns to the US Open for the first time since 2015 riding a great hot streak. After suffering a serious foot injury last Summer, Sloane returned to competitive tennis at Wimbledon 2017 and worked her game back into shape through her run with the Freedoms. As a result, she comes into the US Open red hot, having reached the semifinals at the last two US Open Series WTA events she’s played (Toronto and Cincinnati). In one of the more intriguing first round matches on the women’s side, Sloane will play 2015 US Open finalist Roberta Vinci.
Look for Freedoms doubles ace Fabrice Martin (left), currently the no. 4-ranked French doubles player, to play men’s doubles and mixed doubles at this year’s Open. Likewise for late-season addition to this year’s Freedoms Kveta Peschke; the current world doubles no. 20 is a two-time US Open women’s doubles semifinalist and a three-time mixed doubles finalist.
Freedoms fans will also be keeping an eye on Freedoms alumnus Karolina Pliskova. The world no. 1 and no. 1 seed at this year’s Open played for the Freedoms with twin sister Kristyna in 2012 (right). Five years later, Karolina is considered a favorite to take home the US Open women’s singles title!