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Venus Williams given US Open wild card

Venus Williams will once again be present at Flushing Meadows this year after receiving a wild card entry for the US Open women’s singles

Two-time US Open champion Venus Williams headlines the list of wild card entrants in the women’s singles event in this year’s tournament.

The 41-year-old American, who won the tournament in 2000 and 2001, will be making her 23rd appearance at Flushing Meadows and a 15th in a row. Venus Williams, who has not missed a Grand Slam since Wimbledon in 2013, is one of eight wild card selections for the women’s singles draw.

Former semi-finalist CoCo Vandeweghe and Emma Navarro are joined by teenagers Hailey Baptiste, Ashlyn Krueger, Caty McNally and Katie Volynets.

Storm Sanders has been awarded a reciprocal wild card in agreement with Tennis Australia.

Jack Sock, Jenson Brooksby, Brandon Nakashima get wild cards for the 2021 US Open

On the men’s side, former world No 8 Jack Sock headlines the list of wild card entrants, along with rising Americans Jenson Brooksby and Brandon Nakashima.

Brooksby, who reached the second round of the 2019 US Open, reached his first ATP Tour final at the Hall of Fame Open in Newport earlier this year while Nakashima reached back-to-back ATP Tour finals in Los Cabos, Mexico and Atlanta.

Joining them in the main draw are NCAA singles champion Sam Riffice, USTA Boys’ 18s national champ Zachary Svajda, 2019 US Open and Australian Open boys’ singles runner-up Emilio Nava and Ernesto Escobedo – all from the United States – as well as Australia’s Max Purcell.

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