Nashville’s Brian Baker has received a wild card entry into the 86th annual Los Angeles Farmers Classic, which opens Monday on the UCLA courts.
He is one of three wild card entries among the 28-player men's singles field. Two-time LA Farmers Classic champ and Southern Cal native Sam Querrey, James Blake, France’s Nicolas Mahut, Belgium’s Xavier Malisse and recent Wimbledon doubles champ Jonathan Marray all are in the draw.
Baker was awarded the No. 8 seed and was scheduled to meet his good friend and part-time doubles partner, former Illinois All-American Rajeev Ram, in his opening match 11:45 p.m. (CDT) Monday.
The two will not compete as a team this week. Baker will not play doubles. Ram will play with Michael Russell.
Baker lost in the first round in Atlanta last week, his first event since he reached the fourth round at Wimbledon.
Still, the 27-year-old improved to No. 79 in the latest ATP rankings, which came out Monday. His career-best ranking was No. 76, before injuries led to six surgeries and a five-year absence from the tour.
According to ATP.com, Baker has won $221,980 in prize money so far this year, more than double his career earnings prior to this season.