5/11/2015 11:52:00 AM
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) Louisa Chirico, an 18-year-old from Harrison, New York, earned a chance to make her Grand Slam main-draw debut at the French Open by claiming a wild-card berth via the U.S. Tennis Association.
Chirico and Katerina Stewart finished with the same number of points awarded by the USTA for results in three lower-tier events, but Chirico got the wild card by virtue of a higher WTA ranking.
Stewart beat Chirico in the final of a tournament at Indian Harbour Beach, Florida, on Sunday. Chirico won the title at an event in Dothan, Alabama, last month.
In 2013, Chirico reached the junior semifinals at the French Open and Wimbledon.
Frances Tiafoe, a 17-year-old from Maryland, earned the USTA"s men"s wild card.
The French Open starts May 24 in Paris.