Del Potro given US Open wild card

Juan Martin Del Potro's impressive form at the Rio Olympics has earnt him a place in the upcoming US Open at Flushing Meadows.

Del Potro was quite magnificent in Rio as he disposed of both Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal before losing to Andy Murray in the final.

The Argentine won the US Open as a 20-year-old in 2009 when he defeated Roger Federer in five sets but has had problems with both wrists in more recent years that kept him off the court and unable to fullfill his unquestionable talent.

His player's world ranking is currently too low at 141st for him to gain direct entry into the final grand slam of the year in New York.

However, the US Tennis Association have provided him with the chance to compete at the scene of his only grand slam triumph.

Del Potro will need to work hard on his fitness though if he is to be make the most of this opportunity.

Apart from the final, all the other rounds in Rio were best-of-three-set matches. He seemed fatigued the entire tournament, never more so than in the gold medal match.

The US Open is played in extreme heat and all the matches are best-of-five-sets.