Tennis: Henman's tough draw

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Tim Henman has been given a tough draw in the opening round of next week's US Open at Flushing Meadow.

The British No 1, who missed being seeded because his ranking has slipped to 20 in the world, will play Thomas Muster, the No 5 seed from Austria.

Greg Rusedski, the British No 2, has been more fortunate for he will play the American David Wheaton, a wild card. Wheaton was ranked as high as 12 in 1991 and reached the semi-final of Wimbledon that year but, after an Achilles injury last year, he dropped out of the world's top 100 and is now ranked 142. However, his form has been improving recently.

Pete Sampras, the No 1 seed, faces a qualifier, while the No 2 seed and fellow-American Michael Chang will play the Swede Patrik Fredriksson.