Jason Kubler receives the US Open wild card to play it for the first time

Tennis - The Australian played in New York only once in 2015 but he failed to qualify

by Jovica Ilic
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Jason Kubler receives the US Open wild card to play it for the first time

Jason Kubler, the 25-year-old Brisbane native was supposed to be one of the leading players of the new wave of the Australian tennis but he was just another young competitor who couldn't make a flawless transition from junior to pro tennis. Plagued with knee injuries that forced him to hit rock bottom a few times in his young tennis life, Jason was always coming back, determined to endure in his efforts and accomplish at least a decent career.

The end of 2017 had brought some positive signs and that gave him hope there's more to come in 2018. Namely, after those knee injuries, Jason was forced to skip tournaments on hard courts for years and he mainly played on clay, unable to find the right rhythm or to compete injury free for at least half a year.

He was barely ranked inside the Top 1000 12 months ago but his luck finally changed at the end of the year, playing in back-to-back Futures finals on hard courts and winning the Traralgon Challenger as a qualifier, ranked outside the Top 600.

This was the first Challenger tournament for Jason since Poznan in July 2015 and the first on hard courts since 2010, ready to perform even better in 2018. He opened this season with another title in Playford, again as a qualifier, and he was able to play as many events as he wanted, on both hard and clay.

Kubler has qualified for the main draw at Wimbledon and he won Winnipeg Challenger in the second week of July, moving closer to the place in the Top 100 for the first time in his career. Jason will have a chance to achieve that at the upcoming US Open, receiving a wild card to make his debut at the fourth Grand Slam of the season, losing in the first qualifying round in 2015. Jason had made his Grand Slam debut at the age of 16 in 2010 and he didn't have a chance to compete on the biggest stage until this year when he entered the main draw at the Australian Open and Wimbledon, still seeking his first Grand Slam match win.

“I’m stoked to be awarded this wildcard,” Kubler said. “I’ve always dreamt of playing in the US Open main draw. I’ve worked pretty hard over the last 12 months and it’s paid off. I’m playing some of my best tennis of my career and looking forward to the challenge.

Thanks to TA for this opportunity.”

“I’m delighted we’ve decided to award the US Open wildcard to Jason Kubler, and congratulate him on what has been a terrific year,” said Wally Masur, Tennis Australia’s Director of Performance.

“Jason is not that far out of the top 100, and close to direct entry into the main draw. He qualified for Wimbledon and he’s absolutely heading in the right direction and achieving the results he needs. Jason’s many injury struggles have been well documented and it takes an enormous amount of dedication and perseverance to overcome the setbacks he’s experienced.

We wish him all the very best in New York.”

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