Altamirano to play at US Open
American teenager Collin Altamirano, a player who has never won a professional match at senior level, is to play in this month's US Open.
Altamirano won the US 18-and-under title at the weekend, with it coming the prize of a wild card into the main draw at Flushing Meadows.
The 17-year-old became the first ever unseeded player to win the tournament in its 71-year history when he beat Jared Donaldson 6-1 6-2 6-4 in Sunday's final.
While that junior success was spectacular, a look at his senior record shows six main-draw matches played on the Futures tour with all six lost.
Altamirano said: "I'm happy. I accomplished a goal, so it's good. I did what coach told me to do and I executed beautifully."
He added he didn't mind who he plays at the US Open but he could now get a crack at defending champion Andy Murray, world number one Novak Djokovic or five-time winner Roger Federer in New York.
Sachia Vickery claimed the girls' title to claim the women's wild card. Her success was more expected. The 18-year-old, ranked 229th in the world, was the top seed and beat Alexandra Kiick 4-6 6-2 6-0 in her final.
Bradley Klahn also earned a wild card for the final Grand Slam tournament of the season following his efforts on the USTA Pro Circuit. His run at the Challenger tournament in Aptos last week proved enough to nail down his place in the New York field.
Shelby Rogers had already clinched the equivalent women's wild card.
The US Open main draw gets under way on August 26.