Sock, 16-Year-Old Svajda Among US Open Wild Cards
Sock missed more than six months of this season after tearing two ligaments in his thumb during a practice at the Australian Open. The American, who climbed as high as No. 8 in the ATP Rankings in November 2017, told ATPTour.com in July that the injury, “was potentially the biggest blessing in disguise for my careeer”.
Zachary Svajda, a 16-year-old, will make his tour-level debut in Flushing Meadows after earning his wild card by winning the USTA Boys’ 18s National Championship, a tournament that has been won by the likes of Stan Smith, Michael Chang and more recently, Frances Tiafoe. Svajda is currently No. 1,419 in the ATP Rankings.
The other wild cards are Christopher Eubanks, Bjorn Fratangelo, Marcos Giron, Ernesto Escobedo and Frenchman Antoine Hoang. Denis Kudla was one of the original wild card recipients, but moved directly into the main draw due to Juan Martin del Potro continuing his recovery from right knee surgery. Kudla's wild card was then reallocated to Eubanks.
The USTA also announced the nine men who have been awarded wild card entries into the US Open Qualifying Tournament: JC Aragone, Jenson Brooksby, Maxime Cressy, Sebastian Korda, Stefan Kozlov, Govind Nanda, Sam Riffice, Alex Rybakov and J.J. Wolf.