Juan Martin Del Potro Given Wildcard Into US Open Main Draw
by Staff | August 16th, 2016, 3:19 pm

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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18 Comments for Juan Martin Del Potro Given Wildcard Into US Open Main Draw

Humble Rafa Says:

It appears that I am missing a sock somewhere, it can always be found in the doubles final.

skeezer Says:

Great news for Delpo. Hope he gets a decent draw also…he deserves it.

Colin Says:

Agreed, Skeezer, though I can’t see him getting through many best-of-five matches unless he’s very fortunate with the draw. He must still be dog-tired after his efforts in Rio. The main thing I hope is, when he does go out of the USO it’s not because the wrist is hurt yet again.

Willow Says:

Agree with all the above, the thing you find with Delpo though is he can play amazing and beat the very best as he has this year with Stan at W, Novak and Rafa at the Olys, then he can lose to a journey man in the next round, the players you would expect him to beat, hes frustrating to follow at times ….

Margot Says:

Don’t like word “deserves.” If only people got what they “deserved” both good and bad, but seldom do.
JMDP has fully “earned” his place at the USOpen.

skeezer Says:

Just got smacked by a ruler. Dang!

skeezer Says:

^Haven’t laughed so hard in a while lol..

Okiegal Says:

The Burt Reynolds spoof was the best…..imho!

Giles Says:

Is this what Metcedes Benz and fed have been reduced to? Hardly funny, just plain stupid. Poor fed!

Giles Says:


Travis Bickle Says:

I must admit, Andre Agassi and I agree on most tennis issues, likely because we are both extremely knowledgeable about the sport. Here are the things we agree 100%:
1. Most impressed by Djoker and Serena
2. Djoker wins USO 2016
3. We both think Djoker should win everything ALL THE TIME – he is that good!

From Agassi’s interview with CNN today:

Although Agassi’s day-to-day commitments don’t leave him much time, he said he follows tennis when he can and is most impressed by Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams.
The top-ranked Djokovic will bounce back from his Wimbledon and Olympic disappointment to win the U.S. Open, Agassi predicted.
The Serb’s shock third-round defeat by American Sam Querrey ended his hopes of a third straight Wimbledon title and ruined his chances of becoming the first man since Rod Laver in 1969 to complete the calendar year grand slam.

He then was knocked out of the Olympic tennis tournament in the first round by eventual silver medallist Juan Martin Del Potro.
Andy Murray went on to win his second Wimbledon title before successfully defending his Olympic title in Rio and many are tipping him to claim a second U.S. Open victory.
But Agassi says Djokovic is still the man to beat. “He will come back for the U.S. Open,” he said.
“Anybody that knows me knows that I think he should win everything all the time,” said Agassi, a two-time champion in New York. “That is how he separated himself from everybody.”

Wog Boy Says:

No bad feelings, but this is awfully done commercial, well below Mercedes level, but not so below Roger’s, good that you posted it here so we can see it, since I don’t thing it will be shown much on TV if at all..
Thanks for making the start of my with a good lough, loughing is the best medicine..and it is free..

Wog Boy Says:

^^^ “think”

Wog Boy Says:

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skeezer Says:

That was good. Remember well Kukov and Vlade. They made their impact in the NBA.
Re; Fed …..Thought the commercial was silly at best, but if you cannot laugh at yourself, then really, who are you?
It still was a good laugh.
Now imagine if Nole, Rafa and Murray attempted the same? Would like to see that.

Willow Says:

I Enjoy seeing this side of the players, they spend alot of time and energy competing day in day out, so its nice to see their lighter side ….

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