Perseverance has paid off for Kiwi tennis player Rubin Statham.

The world ranked 431 has won 10 matches to earn a wildcard into US Open qualifying.

Statham is fully fit for the first time in a couple of years and is relishing a chance to perform at Flushing Meadows.

He says he's finally been able to play alot and has played consistently throughout the year, injury free.

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Statham faces Korean Duckhee Lee who is ranked 191st in the world, tomorrow.