The 29-year-old Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov was forced to withdraw from the upcoming US Open due to an ongoing wrist injury that has been bothering him for months now. Alexandr has played just five ATP tournaments so far in 2018, winning five matches in Brisbane, Sydney and the Australian Open but the wrist injury has plagued his season since then, playing one match in Marrakech and Rome and missing all the action in the last three months.
It is uncertain when we are going to see Dolgopolov back on the court and will that happen before 2019. The Ukrainian had made his US Open debut back in 2010, losing to David Ferrer in the opening round. A year later he lost to Novak Djokovic in the fourth round, with that memorable opening set that saw 30 points in the tie break, and he has reached the last 16 last year as well, halted by an eventual champion Rafael Nadal.
As always, one man's loss is another man's gain and this means that the Russian veteran Mikhail Youzhny will have a chance to enter the US Open main draw directly, competing at his last career Grand Slam as he plans to retire at home event in St.
Petersburg later this season. This will be the 69th Grand Slam appearance for Youzhny, trailing only to Roger Federer and Fabrice Santoro, and since 2001 he has missed the US Open only in 2002 and 2008. 12 years ago he reached the semi-final, losing to Andy Roddick in four sets and repeating the same in 2010 when Nadal halted him in the battle for the final.
Novak Djokovic defeated him in the quarters in 2013 and Youzhny will seek his 26th win in New York, seeking the 500th ATP win, standing on 498 at the moment. ALSO READ: Toronto 2010: Roger Federer leads the strongest possible semi-final lineup