Rio 2016 Olympics silver medallist Juan Martin del Potro gets US Open wild card

Juan Martin del Potro's ranking was too low to gain direct entry into the field at Flushing Meadows this year. He is 141st this week.

By: AP | Rio De Janeiro | Published: August 16, 2016 9:06:22 pm
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The U.S. Tennis Association says 2009 US Open champion and Rio Olympic silver medalist Juan Martin del Potro has been given a wild-card entry for the US Open, the year’s last Grand Slam tournament.

The USTA is announcing wild cards on Tuesday.

Del Potro hasn’t appeared in the U.S. Open since 2013. He missed 2{ years’ worth of majors because of three operations on his left wrist, returning to Grand Slam action at Wimbledon in June.

His ranking was too low to gain direct entry into the field at Flushing Meadows this year. He is 141st this week.

On Sunday, del Potro lost to Andy Murray in the men’s final at the Rio Games, getting a silver for Argentina. Del Potro beat Novak Djokovic in the first round and Rafael Nadal in the semifinals.

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