Former champion Lleyton Hewitt is to enjoy a New York farewell after receiving a wild-card entry into the US Open, it was announced on Tuesday.
Hewitt, the 2001 champion who plans to retire in January next year, was among 16 players who received wild-card entries into the main draw from the US Tennis Association.
In addition, cancer survivor Vicky Duval benefited from a wild-card entry into the qualifying tournament.
Australian veteran Hewitt, who beat Pete Sampras to win the 2001 US Open, received his wild card via a reciprocal agreement with Tennis Australia, which is to grant an American a wild card into next year’s Australian Open.
Hewitt, 34, who has slipped to 162 in the rankings, is set to make his 15th appearance in the US Open at Flushing Meadows in New York, where he was runner-up to Roger Federer in 2004.
He said he would “most likely” retire after the Australian Open in January.
The other US Open men’s wild cards went to Americans Ryan Harrison, 18-year-old Jared Donaldson, 2011 French Open boys’ champion Bjorn Fratangelo, Austin Krajicek, Ryan Shane and Frances Tiafoe, plus Pierre-Hugues Herbert of France.
American teenager Duval, who pulled off a huge upset in the first round of the 2013 US Open when she beat 2011 champion Samantha Stosur, was among eight players who received a wild-card entry for the women’s qualifying tournament, which is to run from Tuesday through Friday next week.
Duval, 19, returned to competition only last week in Pennsylvania following a year-long recovery from Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Bethanie Mattek-Sands of the US, a former world No. 30, who is currently ranked 99th, and Oceane Dodin of France were among the eight players who received wild-card entries into the main women’s draw at Flushing Meadows.
The other six players were Americans Louisa Chirico, 2012 US Open girls’ singles champion Samantha Crawford, Nicole Gibbs, Sofia Kenin, Jamie Loeb and Sachia Vickery.
The US Open is scheduled to be played from Aug. 31 to Sept. 13 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, New York.
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