Brian Baker Among Eight U.S. Open Tennis Wild Cards After InjuryErik Matuszewski
Brian Baker, who is working his way back from a knee injury sustained at the Australian Open, is one of eight players to get wild-card entries into the men’s singles draw for the U.S. Open tennis tournament.
Ryan Harrison, a member of the U.S. team at the 2012 London Olympics, also received an at-large spot, along with Bradley Klahn, who was the 2010 college tennis champion as a sophomore at Stanford University; fellow Americans Rhyne Williams, Collin Altamirano and Rajeev Ram; Australia’s James Duckworth; and France’s Guillaume Rufin.
Baker, 28, tore the lateral meniscus in his right knee during a second-round match in Melbourne in January. It was the latest injury for Baker, who had climbed to 52nd in the world rankings in 2012 after five major operations, including three hip procedures, sidelined him from professional tennis for almost six years.
Baker, No. 185 in the latest world rankings, returned to competitive play during last week’s U.S. Tennis Association Pro Circuit Challenger event in Aptos, California, and has reached the second round of this week’s Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati.
The U.S. Open, the last of the sport’s four annual major championships, is scheduled for Aug. 26 to Sept. 9 at the National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, New York.