Brian Baker – Automatic Entry to the US Open
Brian Baker is currently 27 years old, and has risen up from the rankings from 458th place in the start of 2012, to 76th place which is his highest in his career. He is now in 79th place, after Michael Llodra, Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, and Bjorn Phau who were below Baker at that time went up the rankings. Brian has achieved one singles title in his career which is from the ATP Open de Nice Côte d’Azur (Nice) in 2012.
The reason for his rise was the advance to the Wimbledon 4th round from being a no-seed. Brian defeated world ranking number 44th(at that time) Jarkko Nieminen in the 2nd round of Wimbledon, and Brian also defeated Paire Benoit who was ranked number 55 in the world rankings at that time in the 3rd round of Wimbledon. However, he was dismissed by the 27th Wimbledon seed Philipp Kohlschreiber, but due to the fact that Brian made it that far, he went up 50 rankings from 126th to 76th place.
Brian Baker was automatically entered into the US Open, which will be held on August 27th to September 9th, because of his dramatic rank change. Lower ranked players will have to win in the US Open Qualifications in order to participate in the US Open, but the top 101 players who earn a entry do not require a qualifications, as they are automatically signed up for the US Open if the players want to enter.
Benjamin Becker, Lukas Rosol, Potito Starace, and James Blake have been excluded from the top 101, but will have a chance to be chosen from one of the eight wild cards, which is chosen by the USTA.
Brain Baker’s recent match was against Igor Kunitsyn in the Atlanta Tennis Championships, and lost 6-4, 6-7, 6-3.