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Nearly a decade later, Alex Kuznetsov gets to French Open's main draw with USTA wild card

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    FILE - In this Jan. 16, 2012, file photo, Spain's Rafael Nadal shakes hands with Alex Kuznetsov, left, following their first-round match at the Australian Open tennis championship, in Melbourne, Australia. Kuznetsov has made it to French Open's main draw with a USTA wild card. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft, File) (The Associated Press)

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    FILE - In this Aug. 30, 2006, file photo, Alex Kuznetsov returns a shot to Tommy Haas of Germany at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York. Kuznetsov has made it to French Open's main draw with a USTA wild card. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt, File) (The Associated Press)

Alex Kuznetsov is finally heading to the French Open's main draw, nearly a decade after reaching the junior final as a teenager.

He tried four times to qualify at Roland Garros but never made it.

Now the 26-year-old from Richboro, Pa., and based in Tampa, Fla., is into the field thanks to a wild card from the U.S. Tennis Association, one he earned with clay-court results at lower-level tournaments.

Shelby Rogers, a 20-year-old from Charleston, S.C., won the USTA's women's wild card.

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