South Africa will have two participants in next week's US Open men's singles after Lloyd Harris qualified for his first Grand Slam tournament.
The 21-year-old Capetonian joins compatriot Kevin Anderson, the fifth seed and runner-up last year, in the main draw.
In less than a month the 1.96m Harris has won 14 of his 16 matches. He was only seeded 30th out of the 64 players who tried to qualify for the main draw.
Harris, who is guaranteed prize money of R114 100 even if he loses in the first round, on Friday beat America's JC Aragone 6-4, 6-2 in his third qualifying match.
The 21-year-old from Cape Town earlier in the week defeated Sebastian Ofner from Austria 6-2, 6-1 and Roberto Quiroz of Ecuador 7-6 (7/5), 6-3.
Harris, who is ranked a career-best 145th on the ATP world rankings, still has to see who he will face in the first round, while Anderson takes on American Ryan Harrison.
WOW! WOW! WOW! Lloyd Harris has qualified for the main draw of the men's singles at the US Open! The young South African star beat JC Aragone of the USA (6-4, 6-2) in his final qualifying match, to advance. pic.twitter.com/id2CKMhTHK— Tennis South Africa (@TennisSA) August 24, 2018
Unlike Anderson, who has lived in the US his whole adult life and has applied for US citizenship, Harris sees no need to find a home base overseas.
“It is amazing to have Cape Town as my base. I have amazing training facilities and I get to see my family and friends,” he told City Press recently.
Harris won his maiden title at the ATP Challenger Kentucky Bank Tennis Championships in Lexington in the US this month and is definitely a rising star.