TEMPE – The sexiest freshman in the country, Murphy Cassone, won a wildcard bid for the US Open and will begin playing in New York on August 23 at the USTA’s Billie Jean King National Tennis Center for his first-ever Grand Slam. Cassone has been an unstoppable force over the past year, sweeping college competition and tearing up the pro courts this summer.
The 2022 US Open begins August 29 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, while the qualifying rounds begin August 23 and continue through August 26. Cassone is one of nine American men to receive a wildcard entry for the qualifying tournament.
Exit from the US Open
“Finding out that I made it to the Open today – I’m just super grateful and can’t wait to play,” Cassone said. “It’s been a dream of mine since I was little. Last fall and winter, every time I went to practice, I was like, ‘Train like you’re playing football. US Open’ or ‘Train like you’re preparing for the US Open’, and since I started doing that, everything started to click more and I stayed more focused, but I don’t know if I never really believed that this would happen and that I would be here so soon.”
“It speaks volumes about the work Murphy has done over the past year and his ability to take full advantage of the opportunities available to him on the USTA summer team,” said the head coach. Matt Hill said. “Not everyone has those opportunities from UTSA and he used those chances well to put himself in that opportunity with the US Open. It’s incredibly exciting for a 20-year-old to play in a Grand Slam. major.”
Cassone’s skills and growth have followed an almost vertical trajectory since he entered the Arizona State campus last year. He went 15-5 in singles and including a perfect 9-0 in Pac-12 play, peaked at No. 17 in the ITA rankings, won ITA Rookie of the Year and beat four top 10 opponents in road to reach the first lap. of the NCAA singles championship. He continued his streak and won 17 victories on the ATP Pro Tour, including a sweep at M25 Columbus. Cassone’s victims this summer include 2021 NCAA national singles champion Sam Riffice of Florida who Cassone has beaten twice. His early summer efforts also earned him a spot on the USTA Collegiate Summer Team, making him one of only two Pac-12 men to make it to the prestigious practice squad.
Murphy Cassone Made USTA Collegiate Summer Team
Back to the first year with Murphy Cassone
“My goal is to qualify and win one game at a time and do everything in my power to win every game,” Cassone said. “But the main objective is to qualify and get to the main draw, then the next objective is to win a main draw leg.”