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Coco Gauff Will Play in the U.S. Open as a Wild Card

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The United States Open announced its wild-card decisions on Tuesday, confirming that Wimbledon’s breakout star, Coco Gauff, had been chosen for the tournament’s main draw.

Gauff, 15, will be making her second appearance in a Grand Slam main draw when she competes in Queens later this month.

Wild cards allow players who don’t have enough rankings points to gain entry into the main draw of an event without competing in its qualifying tournament. The Grand Slam tournaments distribute their wild cards in a way that promotes players from the host country.

After becoming the youngest qualifier in Wimbledon history, Gauff announced her arrival on the tennis scene last month with a first-round victory over Venus Williams, a five-time Wimbledon singles champion. Gauff followed that win with victories over two veterans, Magdalena Rybarikova and Polona Hercog, before losing in the fourth round to Simona Halep, the eventual champion.

Two so-called reciprocal wild cards went to the 2011 U.S. Open champion, Samantha Stosur, 35, of Australia, who is now ranked 131st, and to Diane Parry of France, 16.

Reciprocal wild cards are the result of agreements among the United States Tennis Association and the Australian and French tennis federations. Each gives two of its Grand Slam wild cards, one for women and one for men, to the others.

On the men’s side at the U.S. Open, wild cards went to several American players: Ernesto Escobedo, Bjorn Fratangelo, Marcos Giron, Christopher Eubanks, Jack Sock and Zachary Svajda, the national junior champion.

Sock, ranked 176th, has not won a match in singles this year. He will be playing for the fourth time since returning from an operation on his right thumb.

The omission of 112th-ranked Tommy Paul, 22, was probably the greatest surprise on the men’s side. Paul, ranked dozens of spots ahead of other Americans who received wild cards, has been one of the country’s most consistent young players this year, climbing more than 200 spots in the rankings over the last 12 months.

The French men’s reciprocal wild card went to Antoine Hoang, 23, who reached the third round at the French Open this year. The men’s reciprocal wild card for Australia has not been selected, possibly a result of turmoil in the ranks of Australian men’s tennis.

Andy Murray, the 2012 U.S. Open singles champion, withdrew from wild-card consideration after the tournament did not extend the timetable for announcing its choices. Murray, 32, who has been making a steady comeback from hip surgery, will compete in men’s doubles and mixed doubles with partners yet to be determined.



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Manchester United Players Targeted With Racial Abuse by City Fans

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MANCHESTER, England — Manchester United players were targeted with racist abuse and had objects thrown at them by Manchester City fans during Saturday’s derby at the Etihad Stadium.

Kick It Out, a British anti-racism watchdog, said it had been “inundated with reports of alleged racist abuse from a number of individuals” at the game, which Manchester United won, 2-1.

One incident appeared to be captured on video in the second half when a fan seemed to mimic monkey gestures in front of United’s Fred and Jesse Lingard as a corner kick was about to be taken.

“Not even this idiot can ruin tonight’s feeling, shameful behaviour,” Lingard wrote on Twitter in a quote tweet of the video of the incident. “It may be the derby but there is never ever a reason to be racist!”

Objects, including coins and lighters, were also thrown and Fred was seen holding his back.

“Unfortunately, this is happening in some stadiums,” Fred, a Brazilian midfielder, told ESPN. “It happened here, it happened in Ukraine with some friends. It’s sad, but we have to keep our heads up and forget about that. We can’t give them any attention because that’s all they want. I spoke to the referee after the match, they will do something about it and that’s all.”

United Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was angry amid the fallout from racism in a high-profile game.

“I’ve seen it on the video,” he said. “Fred and Jesse in the corner taking coins from the City fans first of all, so they’ve got to go away. And then there’s this not-so-intelligent fella chanting racist abuse towards my two players and I hope City and the authorities will deal with it, because he shouldn’t be watching football again. Not live, anyway.”

Manchester City said it was working with police to identify any perpetrators of racist abuse.



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