CLEMSON, S.C. – Yannick Maden, a former Clemson men’s tennis All-American, has earned a spot in the men’s singles main draw at the 2018 US Open. It is the second career Grand Slam event for Maden, and also the second consecutive, as he competed in the Gentlemen’s Singles main draw at the 2018 Wimbledon Championships in July.
“What an outstanding job by Yannick, winning his qualifying round and making it now to two consecutive Grand Slam Main Draws,” said Head Coach John Boetsch. “We are so excited for him, and wish him all the best as he continues his run in New York!”
Maden went 3-0 in the U.S. Open qualifying singles draw, defeating Mohamed Safwat of Egypt (6-1, 6-3), Thanasi Kokkinakis of Australia (7-6(5), 6-4) and Alex Bolt of Australia (6-4, 6-2). All three of Maden’s opponents are ranked in the top-200 in the ATP singles ranking, and Kokkinakis was formerly in the top-100 in singles.
A native of Stuttgart, Germany, Maden is currently ranked No. 125 in the ATP singles rankings, with a career-high of No. 118 earned earlier this year, on May 7, 2018.
Maden faces Lucas Pouille of France, the world’s 17th-ranked singles player and the No. 17-seed in the 128-player US Open main draw. The match between Maden and Pouille is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 28 at 11 a.m. on Court 4 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, N.Y.
At Clemson, Maden earned All-ACC and All-America honors in 2013, and was also named the ACC Men’s Tennis Scholar-Athlete of the Year that year. In his three-year career as a Tiger, from 2011-13, he amassed 64 singles wins and 49 doubles wins.