Juan Martin del Potro has a spot in the US Open! The former champ is ranked No. 141 this week and because he protected ranking expires Monday, he wasn’t able to get in the US Open directly. But the US Open has awarded the 2009 champion a wildcard putting him in.
Also receiving spots in the main draw were Bjorn Fratangelo, Frances Tiafoe, Rajeev Ram, 2016 NCAA singles Mackenzie McDonald, 2016 USTA Boys’ 18s National Champion Michael Mmoh and USTA Pro Circuit US Open Wild Card Challenge winner Ernesto Escobedo.
Speculation was the US Open would give Del Potro’s wildcard to an American like Jared Donaldson or a Reilly Opelka, but after the Argentine’s spectacular showing in Rio, their hand was all but forced.
The women’s wildcards went to Bethanie Mattek-Sands, Virginie Razzano, Vania King, two-time NCAA singles champion Danielle Collins, 2016 USTA Girls’ 18s National Champion Kayla Day, Lauren Davis and USTA Pro Circuit US Open Wild Card challenge winner Sofia Kenin.
Melanie Oudin and Laura Robson received wildcards into the qualifying.
The US Open begins on Monday, August 29. The men’s and women’s draws are expected to be released next Thursday.
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