James Blake receives wild card

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Former top five player James Blake is getting a wild-card invitation for this year's U.S. Open.

Blake, of Tampa, Fla., is a two-time quarterfinalist at the season's final Grand Slam, but a knee injury and a series of early losses dropped his ranking outside the top 100.

Other men receiving wild cards from the U.S. Tennis Association on Tuesday were Bradley Klahn of Poway, Calif.; Jack Sock of Lincoln, Neb.; Ryan Sweeting of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; Donald Young of Atlanta; Carsten Ball of Australia; and Guillaume Rufin of France.

An eighth wild card will go to the winner of a playoff in Boca Raton, Fla., beginning Wednesday.

The U.S. Open starts Aug. 30.