2001 US Open champion Lleyton Hewitt and 106th ranked James Blake have been confirmed as wild card entrants for this year’s Grand Slam at Flushing Meadows by the USTA (United States Tennis Association).
Both Hewitt and Blake have enjoyed something of a career revival this tennis season, and as such their resurgence has granted them entry into the final slam of the year. Hewitt, who won the tournament eleven years ago, has made great progress through some major events this year including giving Novak Djokovic a hard time at the London Olympics and defeating Mikhail Youhzny at the Cincinnati Open earlier in the week. Back in July he also reached the finals of the Campbell’s Hall of Fame Championships in Newport, and he has retained the good form he displayed throughout the grass court season.
Blake, currently ranked just outside the ATP top 100, has reached the quarter finals of the US Open twice in previous seasons and hopes to progress further this year. Although he has slipped significantly down the rankings since his career high of the world number 4 place in 2006, earlier in August Blake reached the last eight at the Washington Open and has shown consistent form during some of the major events of the 2012 season.
The US’ Steve Johnson and France’s Guillaume Rufin have also been confirmed as additional wild card entrants for the main draw of the US Open, which is due to take place in New York City from 27th August to 9th September.