Thiem Awarded US Open Wild Card, Monfils Withdraws
The Austrian captured his first Grand Slam title at the US Open in 2020 and owns a 22-6 record at the season’s final major.
The former No. 3 player in the Pepperstone ATP Rankings is working his way back from a wrist injury, which prevented him from defending his title at Flushing Meadows last year.
Shelton, this year's NCAA singles champion, has enjoyed a breakthrough run at the Western & Southern Open, where on Wednesday he upset World No. 5 Casper Ruud to reach the third round on his ATP Masters 1000 debut.
The tournament also announced Americans who will receive a qualifying wild card: Murphy Cassone, Oliver Crawford, Martin Damm, Brandon Holt, Aleks Kovacevic, Bruno Kuzuhara, Alex Rybakov, Ethan Quinn and Zachary Svajda.
Gael Monfils, a former semi-finalist in New York, withdrew from the tournament due to an injury he suffered in Montreal.
“Following the latest medical exams that I took upon returning in Europe, I will sadly not be able to play at the US Open this year,” Monfils tweeted. “I am forced to undergo a new period of treatment before being able to resume tournaments.”