Philippoussis gets US Open wild card

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:36 IST

Former finalist Mark Philippoussis and seven young American men received wild cards for the US Open on Thursday.

White Plains, New York:
Former finalist Mark Philippoussis and seven young American men received wild cards for the US Open on Thursday. Philippoussis, a former top-10 player now ranked 112th, has entered only nine tour-level events in 2006 because of injuries. The 1998 US Open and 2003 Wimbledon runner-up was given a wild card by the US Tennis Association as part of a reciprocal agreement with Tennis Australia. The USTA will get to pick a man who will get a wild card at the 2007 Australian Open. The other US Open wild cards all went to US players who are 20 or younger: Scoville Jenkins, Alex Kuznetsov, Wayne Odesnik, Sam Querrey, Phillip Simmonds, Ryan Sweeting and Donald Young. The 17-year-old Young earned his invitation by winning a second consecutive USTA 18-and-under national championship last weekend. Jenkins won that title in 2004. The US Open begins on August 28. (AP)
Topics : Tennis
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