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NEW YORK (AP) Stan Wawrinka never got to defend his 2016 U.S. Open title, forced to miss last year's tournament because of a knee injury that dropped him far down the rankings.
The U.S. Tennis Association made sure he has a spot this year.
Wawrinka and former women's No. 1 Victoria Azarenka received wild cards Tuesday for the year's final Grand Slam tournament. So did Svetlana Kuznetsova, another U.S. Open champion.