Lleyton Hewitt handed US Open wildcard

Hewitt handed US Open wildcard
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Lleyton Hewitt and James Blake are granted wildcards for this month's US Open Grand Slam.

Two-time Grand Slam champion Lleyton Hewitt has been given a wildcard for this month's US Open.

The Australian won the Flushing Meadows title back in 2001 before triumphing at Wimbledon the next year.

Hewitt is joined by former American number one James Blake, with both players having slipped outside of the world's top 100 in the rankings.

In playing action, Hewitt made an excellent start to the Cincinnati Masters with a 6-4 6-4 victory over Mikhail Youzhny.

The final Grand Slam of the calender begins on August 27.

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