2019 US Open Series Breakout Performer

August 21, 2019 11:17 AM

Introduced for the first time last summer, the US Open Series Breakout Performer award recognizes one man and one woman at the early stages of their careers for a signature performance over the course of the five-week series.  

After current Top-10 stars Stefanos Tsitsipas and Aryna Sabalenka took home the honor in its inaugural year, the title is up for grabs once again this summer. Judging by the recent success of last year's winners, the presitigious honor is an indicator of greatness ahead.

This year’s winners will be determined by a Twitter fan vote (links below)—in addition to voting from national tennis media and broadcasters—during the final week of the US Open Series.

The 2019 finalists are:

Daniil Medvedev, 23, RUS - First Masters 1000 title in Cincinnati; Finals in three consecutive weeks (D.C., Montreal, Cincinnati)
Alex de Minaur, 20, AUS - Singles title in Atlanta, becoming youngest Atlanta champion; Didn't face a break point all tournament
Taylor Fritz, 21, USA - Third career ATP final in Atlanta
Yoshihito Nishioka, 23, JPN - Qualified and reached Cincinnati quarterfinals before having to withdraw (food poisoning); Reached Round 3 in Washington, D.C.

Bianca Andreescu, 19, CAN - Second title of 2019 and career in Toronto, first Canadian to win Rogers Cup in 50 years
Jessica Pegula, 25, USA - First WTA title in Washington, D.C.
Sofia Kenin, 20, USA - Back to back semifinals in Cincinnati and Toronto; beat two different world No. 1s in back-to-back weeks
Caty McNally, 17, USA - First WTA semifinal and doubles title in Washington, D.C. 
Marie Bouzkova, 21, CZE - Qualified and reached first WTA semifinal (defeated two Top-10 players) in Toronto

Vote on Twitter for the men's and women's winners.