South Korean men’s tennis standout Kwon Soon-woo (ranked 107th in the world – pictured) is likely to qualify directly for the main draw of the US Open.

The United States Tennis Association (USTA), the governing body of the US Open tennis tournament, announced on Saturday (June 16) that Riley Opelka (USA), who was included in the men’s singles main draw, has withdrawn due to injury. The previous day, Carreño Busta (Spain), who was also scheduled to compete in the main draw, withdrew.

Opelka has been sidelined with multiple injuries, including a hip tear after the Washington Open on the ATP Tour last August, and has missed the US Open for the second straight year. Busta hasn’t been on the court since February of this year due to a series of elbow injuries. In his first tournament of the year, the second edition in Adelaide, Australia, he lost to Soon Woo Kwon in the first round. Nick Kyrgios (AUS), Jannenard Struff (GER) and Mikael Emer (SWE) also withdrew. 메이저사이트

Soon-woo Kwon, who was ranked third on the preliminary list, moved up to first. If just one more player on the main draw withdraws, Kwon will advance directly to the main draw without playing a qualifier.

The U.S. Open, the third major tournament of the year, will be held at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York City, U.S., starting on April 28. The tournament will mark Soon-woo Kwon’s return to action six months after her injury. Soon-woo Kwon felt pain in his right shoulder after finishing the ATP Tour’s Exxon Mobile Open in Doha, Qatar, in late February and was diagnosed with inflammation and has been focusing on recovering from the injury.

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