South-African tennis star Kevin Anderson hasn't managed to recover in time for the US Open as the 33-year-old has withdrawn late from the last Grand Slam of the season. The 33-year-old will have missed the entire US summer hard-court swing as he hasn't played since Wimbledon because of a knee injury.
The South-African world No. 17 had been drawn to meet American wildcard Zachary Svajda in the US Open main draw -- but it will be Italian lucky loser Paolo Lorenzo who will be facing the local wildcard. Anderson, who has had a tough and injury-plagued season, won't be a part of the US Open main draw for the first time since 2009 -- when he failed to make it past the qualifying event.
Former world No. 5 Anderson reached his maiden Grand Slam on the hard courts of the US Open in 2017, before losing to Spain's Rafael Nadal in straight sets. Meanwhile, 37-year-old Lorenzi is set to make his eighth US Open main draw appearance despite losing against Czech Jiri Vesely in the qualifying final round.