Tomic Withdraws From Us Open Qualifying

SAMANTHA STOSUR of Australia serves in her match against Alison Van Uytvanck of Belgium during day two of the Internazionali BNL d'Italia 2018 tennis at Foro Italico in Rome, Italy. Picture: Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

Bernard Tomic has pulled out of US Open qualifying but still hopes to contest the final grand slam of the year for the 10th-straight year.

A one-time junior champion at Flushing Meadows, Tomic narrowly missed direct entry after slipping out of the world's top 100 following a first-round Wimbledon loss to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

The 26-year-old is the third alternate and could still take a place in the 128-strong men's singles draw if there are more withdrawals after the overnight scratching of 2009 champion Juan Martin del Potro.

Tomic's fellow Gold Coaster and former women's champion Samantha Stosur, meanwhile, will feature in her 15th US Open after being handed a wildcard.

A stunning winner over Serena Williams in the 2011 final on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Stosur will join world No.2 Ashleigh Barty and fellow Australians Ajla Tomljanovic, Daria Gavrilova and Astra Sharma in the women's singles in New York.

At 35, Stosur, who has slipped to No.131 in the world rankings but remains a 2019 Fed Cup final option for Australia, will be the third-oldest player in the draw behind 37-year-old Serena and the American's sister Venus, who turns 40 next year.

Also a quarter-finalist at Flushing Meadows in 2010 and 2012, as well as a doubles champion in 2005 with Lisa Raymond, Stosur is among eight women to receive wildcards into the singles this year.

Stosur's wildcard gives Australia 10 players in the women's and men's singles main draws.

Nick Kyrgios, Alex de Minaur, Jordan Thompson, 2018 quarter-finalist John Millman and teenage gun Alexei Popyrin will contest the men's event from August 26.

Another 16 Australians have entered US Open qualifying - eight men and eight women.


Women in main draw

2-Ashleigh Barty

46-Ajla Tomljanovic

83-Daria Gavrilova

99-Astra Sharma

131-Samantha Stosur

Women in qualifying

137-Priscilla Hon

162-Ellen Perez

169-Zoe Hives

188-Destanee Aiava

193-Lizette Cabrera

206-Maddison Inglis

231-Kaylah McPhee

236-Arina Rodionova

Men in main draw

27-Nick Kyrgios

38-Alex de Minaur

49-Jordan Thompson

61-John Millman

96-Alexei Popyrin

Men in qualifying

99-Matt Ebden

131-James Duckworth

134-Alex Bolt

166-Marc Polmans

183-Jason Kubler

197-Andrew Harris

212-Thanasi Kokkinakis

234-Akira Santillan