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WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — Thanasi Kokkinakis will play at the U.S. Open after being granted a wild card by Tennis Australia.
The 23-year-old Australian was the junior runner-up at Flushing Meadows in 2013.
His professional career has been sidetracked by a series of injuries and he is currently ranked 212th.
The U.S. Tennis Association and Tennis Australia have a reciprocal agreement whereby each federation gets to award wild-card entries to the other’s Grand Slam tournament.
Also Wednesday, American CiCi Bellis withdrew from the women’s field in New York because of an injured right elbow.
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That allowed Lin Zhu of China to get into the draw.
U.S. Open main-draw play begins Aug. 26.
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