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Sharapova, the 2006 champion at Flushing Meadows, has played only one match on tour since her second-round loss at Wimbledon in June.
Two-time U.S. Open winner Monica Seles will be inducted into the tournament’s Court of Champions during a ceremony before the women’s final Sept. 8.
All singles players at the U.S. Open are getting a big raise this year, from the record $2.6 million each champion will take home, to the $32,000 for everyone losing in the first round.
New York’s Grand Slam tournament will increase its annual prize money to $50 million by 2017 — roughly double what it was last year — and permanently schedule the men’s semifinals on Friday and men’s final on Sunday starting in 2015.
Top-ranked Victoria Azarenka will be seeded No. 1 at the U.S. Open, with 2006 champion Maria Sharapova at No. 3 and three-time winner Serena Williams at No. 4.
The 17-time Grand Slam champion was ranked No. 1 in the ATP rankings released on Monday. Defending champ Novak Djokovic is seeded second and Olympic gold medalist Andy Murray is seeded third.
The U.S. Tennis Association announced its eight men’s wild cards on Tuesday. Hewitt is a two-time major champion — winning the 2001 U.S. Open — but at age 31 the Australian has fallen to 134th in the world.
The U.S. Tennis Association plans to give the home of the U.S. Open a makeover that will cost hundreds of millions of dollars.
Madison Keys, a 16-year-old from Boca Raton, Fla., became the youngest player since 2005 to win a U.S. Open match by beating 37-year-old Jill Craybas 6-2, 6-4 on Monday.