Venus Williams will play her 24TH US Open at age 43 as she gets a wild card entry into the tournament in New York along with two-time runner-up Caroline Wozniacki
- Williams was crowned as champion in Flushing Meadows in 2001 and 2001
- Wozniacki – a two-time finalist – comes back three years following retirement
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Venus Williams will be back in the U.S. Open for a 24th time at age 43, and Caroline Wozniacki will join her in the field for her return to Grand Slam tennis.
Both players were given wild cards into the tournament on Wednesday by the U.S. Tennis Association.
Williams was the U.S. Open champion in 2000 and 2001, two of her seven major singles titles. A year after younger sister Serena retired following the tournament, Venus Williams will be back in Flushing Meadows, where she reached the final in her debut in 1997.
She recently returned to competition after missing nearly six months because of injury and this week scored her first victory over a top-20 player in four years, beating 16th-ranked Veronika Kudermetova 6-4, 7-5 in the first round of the Western & Southern Open on Monday.
Wozniacki announced in June that she was returning to competition three years after retiring to start a family, and the USTA said then that she would be given a wild card into the tournament where she was twice the runner-up.
Venus Williams, 43, will play as a wild card at US Open, which she won twice, for a 24th time
Caroline Wozniacki, 33 – a two-time US Open finalist – will also make her comeback in Queens
The former No. 1-ranked player from Denmark, who has two children with husband and former NBA player David Lee, earned the first victory in her comeback last week in Montreal.
However, she suffered defeat in the second round by Wimbledon champion Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic.
Wozniacki is a two-time finalist at the U.S. Open, finishing as the runner-up in 2009 and 2014.
She lost to Belgium’s Kim Clijsters in 2009 and to Serena Williams in the later match.
John Isner, who was once the highest-ranked American, will also be a wild card at the major
American women Ashlyn Krueger, Robin Montgomery, Kayla Day and Clervie Ngounoue also will receive wild cards into the main draw, as will Fiona Ferro of France and Storm Hunter of Australia, as part of reciprocal agreements with their tennis federations.
Ferro accused her former coach, Pierre Bouteyre, of sexual assault last year, shortly after losing in qualifying at the U.S. Open.
John Isner, a two-time U.S. Open quarterfinalist who was long the highest-ranked American man, was given a wild card for his 17th appearance in the main draw.
Fellow Americans Alex Michelsen, Michael Mmoh, Steve Johnson, Ethan Quinn and Learner Tien also got wild cards, as did Benjamin Bonzi of France and Australian Rinky Hijikata.
Play in the main draw begins on August 28.