Stan Wawrinka (SUI) stretches to return a ball to Rafael Nadal in the Rogers Cup tennis tournament.(USA TODAY Sports)
Stan Wawrinka (SUI) stretches to return a ball to Rafael Nadal in the Rogers Cup tennis tournament.(USA TODAY Sports)

Stan Wawrinka and Victoria Azarenka receive US Open wildcards

Stan Wawrinka, currently 151st in the ATP rankings, has been handed an entry to the men’s draw while Victoria Azarenka, currently one place higher than Svetlana Kuznetsova in the rankings, joins the Russian in the draw.
Omnisport | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 15, 2018 07:01 PM IST

Stan Wawrinka, Victoria Azarenka and Svetlana Kuznetsova are among the players to have been handed wildcards for this year’s US Open.

The final grand slam of the year gets under way at Flushing Meadows later this month, with tournament organisers announcing the wildcards for the respective men’s and women’s singles on Tuesday.

Former champion Wawrinka, currently 151st in the ATP rankings, has been handed an entry to the men’s draw.

The Swiss, who triumphed in New York in 2016, has struggled to regain top form after a lengthy lay-off caused by a knee injury.

There is also a past US Open winner among the women’s wildcards in 2004 winner Kuznetsova - ranked 88th by the WTA.

Former world number one Azarenka, currently one place higher than Kuznetsova in the rankings, joins the Russian in the draw.

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