ONLY last year, Australian Bernard Tomic said he had a goal to crack the world top 10 after claiming his maiden ATP title in Sydney.
But now, currently ranked 70th, Tomic needed a wildcard invitation to contest the US Open starting August 25.
The 21-year-old was one of eight men that received a pass for the New York event.
Tomic (pictured) and France's Michael Llodra got their spots in the main draw via reciprocal agreements the USTA has with the Australian and French tennis federations.
In the women's draw Aussie Jarmila Gajdosova also received a wildcard for Flushing Meadows.
Fellow Aussies Sam Stosur, Lleyton Hewitt and Marinko Matosevic all suffered losses in Cincinnati.
Hewitt lost to Fabio Fognini 6-1 6-4, while Matosevic went down to John Isner 6-3 7-6. But Stosur gave the world No.1 Serena Williams a tense battle, losing 7-6 (9-7) 7-6 (9-7) in round two.