Updates. With AP Photos. By HOWARD FENDRICH AP Tennis Writer A year ago, Brian Baker was the former French Open junior finalist who made it into the main tournament at Roland Garros nearly a decade later thanks to a wild card from the U.S. Tennis Association.
Now it's Alex Kuznetsov's turn.
He is following in Baker's path somewhat on the way to Paris: Kuznetsov was the runner-up in the 2004 French Open boys' tournament - 12 months after Baker - and finally will get to play in the clay-court Grand Slam tournament's main draw, earning a berth with strong results in three USTA Pro Circuit events.
''To think - I guess it's been almost 10 years - that this will be my first French Open main draw, I would have said I'd liked to have been in a couple before now, to be honest with you,'' the 26-year-old Kuznetsov said Monday. ''It means a lot. It means all the hard work that I've put in is paying off. I continue to keep working hard....