He may have started the year at 458th place in the ATP rankings, but thanks to his incredibly rapid rise this year Brian Baker has earned automatic entry into the last Grand Slam of the season – the US Open.
Following a series of injuries that took him off the tour for a total of five years, Bakers has managed to break back into the top 100 players and currently ranks at 79th in the world. After successfully reaching the fourth round at Wimbledon as a qualifier, this automatic entry into the prestigious American slam signals that Baker’s professional career is back on track.
Announcing on Wednesday that the top 101-ranked players in the world will earn direct entry into the tournament, the US Tennis Association named Baker as one of the lucky few. His fellow American James Blake has narrowly missed the cut, as he currently resides at no 110 despite winning at least one match in his last 10 appearances at the tournament. There are eight wild card places traditionally awarded by the USTA however, and it’s likely that Blake will be offered one.
An additional sixteen players will also make it through the qualifying rounds of the tournament, to give a total draw of 125.