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Up-and-coming Americans also get wild cards

Updated: August 19, 2005, 9:33 AM ET
Reuters

LONDON -- Former runner-up Mark Philippoussis, James Blake and a group of up-and-coming Americans were on Friday handed wild cards into the main draw of the U.S. Open starting later this month.

Australian Philippoussis, runner-up in New York in 1998, has slumped from a high of eighth in the world rankings to 202nd because of injury and no longer qualifies for top-flight events through his ranking.

The powerful 28-year-old, who also finished runner-up at Wimbledon in 2003, has played ...

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