Milos Raonic will play an undetermined qualifier in the first round of the U.S. Open.
Raonic, seeded 10th for the final grand slam tournament of the year, received a favourable draw when the brackets were announced Thursday. The 22-year-old from Thornhill, Ont., will meet Spain’s Pablo Andujar or Thiemo de Bakker of the Netherlands in the second round, should he beat the qualifier in the opener.
No. 4 David Ferrer of Spain and No. 8 Richard Gasquet of France are the two highest seeds in Raonic’s bracket.
Vasek Pospisil of Vernon, B.C., will also play a qualifier in the first round. Jesse Levine of Ottawa lost in the first round of qualifying to Maxime Teixeira of France and won’t move into the main draw.
In the women’s draw, unseeded Eugenie Bouchard of Westmount, Que., was paired with Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic for her first-round match. Bouchard is in the same bracket as world No. 1 Serena Williams, who will play Italy’s Francesca Schiavone to start her tourney.
Aleksandra Wozniak of Montreal will take on Vesna Dolonc of Serbia in the first round. Wozniak has been out most of this year with a shoulder problem and has played in just one tournament — she lost to Ekaterina Makarova in the first round of the New Haven Open earlier this week — since March.
The U.S. Open gets under way in Flushing Meadows, N.Y., Monday.