The US Open unveiled its entry lists Wednesday.
And two American players with protected rankings are of significant interest, as CiCi Bellis and CoCo Vandeweghe both have been out for a long time.
Bellis, whose special ranking is No. 43, hasn’t played since Miami in March 2018. Still just 20, she has been living an injury nightmare and has had four surgeries.
Vandeweghe, 27, hasn’t played since last September because of an ankle issue. She’s due to play Monday in World Team Tennis and is entered in the Rogers Cup qualifying.
Both are entered in Cincinnati, as well.