2009 champ del Potro out of US Open because of right knee

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Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina plays a return to Denis Shapovalov of Canada during the Queens Club tennis tournament in London, Wednesday, June 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

2009 champ del Potro out of US Open because of right knee

Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina plays a return to Denis Shapovalov of Canada during the Queens Club tennis tournament in London, Wednesday, June 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) -- Juan Martin del Potro, the 2009 champion, has withdrawn from the U.S. Open because he is still recovering from surgery on his right knee.

The 12th-ranked del Potro fractured his kneecap for the second time in less than a year while playing at grass-court tournament in June to prepare for Wimbledon.

He had an operation shortly after that and hasn't competed since.

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The U.S. Tennis Association said Tuesday that del Potro's withdrawal allowed Denis Kudla, a 26-year-old from Virginia, to move into the main draw.

Kudla had been awarded a wild card earlier Tuesday. That special entry now goes to Chris Eubanks, a 23-year-old from Georgia.

The U.S. Open starts Aug. 26.

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