Washington: The longest road to the biggest stages of tennis started where no road had before.
Victor Estrella Burgos, who turns 34 on Saturday, will be the oldest player ever to make his debut in the main draw at the US Open when it begins Aug. 25. He will also be the first from the Dominican Republic to participate in the 128-player draw. In February, he became the oldest and first Dominican to crack the Association of Tennis Professionals top 100 after he won a Challenger tournament in Salinas, Ecuador.
"I won the tournament, and finally it means that my dream is true, to make top 100," he said last week. "This day I'm not going to forget because it's unbelievable how I wanted so much to show the world that, in Dominican, we can play tennis. We have the athleticism for this; just we have to work hard."