Stan Wawrinka, Victoria Azarenka receive U.S. Open wild cards

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Former US Open champion Stan Wawrinka (Getty Images)

Stan Wawrinka, Victoria Azarenka and Svetlana Kuznetsova are among the players to have been handed wild cards for this year’s US Open.

The final Grand Slam of the year gets under way at Flushing Meadows later this month, with tournament organizers announcing the wild cards for men’s and women’s singles on Tuesday.

Former champion Wawrinka, currently 151st in the ATP rankings, has been handed an entry to the men’s draw. The Swiss, who triumphed in New York in 2016, has struggled to regain top form after a lengthy layoff caused by a knee injury.

There is also a past U.S. Open winner among the women’s wildcards in 2004 champion Kuznetsova — ranked 88th by the WTA.

Former world No. 1 Azarenka, currently one place higher than Kuznetsova in the rankings, joins the Russian in the draw.