| By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff

Taylor Dent will return to the U.S. Open for the first time since 2005 after receiving one of eight men's wild cards. The 28-year-old Dent of Newport Beach, Calif. missed two full seasons because of three back operations. He was ranked a career-high number 21 in 2005, but is currently ranked 202nd. Dent has reached the fourth round at major championships on two occasions, at the U.S. Open in 2003 and at Wimbledon in 2005.

Other American men given wild cards into this year's U.S. Open include: Jesse Levine of Boca Raton, Fla.; NCAA champion Devin Britton of Jackson, Miss.; Chase Buchanan of New Albany, Ohio; Brendan Evans of Key Biscayne, Fla.; and Rajeev Ram of Carmel, Ind. Levine made it to the third round of Wimbledon in June as a qualifier, upsetting former number one-ranked Marat Safin along the way.

Chris Guccione of Australia and Michael Llodra of France got the last two men's wild cards.

On the women’s side, Kim Clijsters, who recently came out of retirement, will receive a wild card selection on the women’s side. The 26-year-old Belgian, 2005 winner of the U.S. Open, recently came out of retirement and was promised an invitation. She won the 2005 Open and hasn’t played in the event since.

American women getting wild cards from the USTA include Fed Cup team members Alexa Glatch of Newport Beach, Calif. and Vania King of Long Beach, Calif.; Gail Brodksy of New York City; NCAA champion Mallory Cecil of Spartanburg, S.C.; and Christina McHale of Englewood Cliffs, N.J.

Kristina Mladenovic of France and Olivia Rogowska of Australia were also placed in the tournament’s field.

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