Duckworth secures US Open wildcard
Australia's James Duckworth has received a wildcard into the main draw of the US Open, beginning Monday 26 August at Flushing Meadows in New York.
Australia’s James Duckworth has received a wildcard into the main draw of the US Open, beginning Monday 26 August at Flushing Meadows in New York.
Duckworth, in recognition of a career-best season in 2013, was awarded the wildcard as part of a reciprocal arrangement between the United States Tennis Association (USTA) and Tennis Australia.
The arrangement sees one Australian male and one Australian female player handed a wildcard into the US Open main draw, and one American man and one American woman granted entry via wildcard into the main draw at the Australian Open.
Duckworth this week cracked the top 150 for the first time in his career, having been ranked No.263 just six months ago.
In 2013, the 21-year-old Sydneysider has won Futures titles in Bundaberg and Chile, as well as finishing runner-up recently at the Lexington Challenger event in Kentucky.
He also qualified for both the French Open and Wimbledon main draws.
Frenchman Guillaume Rufin was also awarded a wildcard thanks to a similar reciprocal arrangement between the USTA and French Tennis Federation.
Other 2013 US Open main draw wildcards are Americans Ryan Harrison, Brian Baker, Bradley Klahn, Rhyne Williams, Rajeev Ram and Collin Altamirano.
US Open women’s wildcards will be announced later on Wednesday (New York time).