Hewitt and Blake handed US Open wild cards
Australian Lleyton Hewitt, the 2001 champion, has been given a wildcard spot in this year's US Open at Flushing Meadows along with American James Blake, the United States Tennis Association announced on Tuesday.
Hewitt beat Wimbledon quarter-finalist Mikhail Youzhny 6-4 6-4 at the Cincinnati Open on Monday, making a good switch to the hard court surface after some decent form on grass.
Blake, who has twice reached the quarter-finals at the US Open, is ranked 106th in the world but reached the last eight at the Washington Open earlier this month.
Two-time NCAA champion Steve Johnson of the US and Frenchman Guillaume Rufin also earned wild card berths into the main draw for the August 27-September 9 US Open, which is the final Gram Slam tournament of the year.