Serra replaces Nalbandian as del Potro’s opponent
”Lucky loser” Florent Serra will face 2009 U.S. Open champion
Juan Martin del Potro in the tournament’s first round after David
Nalbandian pulled out Tuesday because of a strained muscle in
his chest, and the U.S. Tennis Association determined his
replacement Wednesday morning, several hours before the match.
Serra, a 116th-ranked Frenchman, lost to American Bradley Klahn
in the third round of qualifying.
Del Potro is seeded seventh.
Nalbandian was also scheduled to play doubles with Eduardo
Schwank, and they will be replaced by Brazilians Thomaz Bellucci
and Joao Souza.