This year’s US Open is all set to kick off in just a few days and Mr Roo is so thrilled about it, he’s causing quite the racquet! The main draw gets underway on August 29th and we just can’t wait to see how the final grand slam of the year pans out.
Last year’s defending champions, Briton Emma Raducanu and Russian Daniil Medvedev will have to contend with some fierce opponents on the court, but as we know by now, anything can happen in the tournament’s 2-week run.
Taking place at New York’s Flushing Meadows, check out everything you need to know about the final leg of the tennis season below!
Following a brilliant finish against Novak Djokovic last year, former US Open winner and top seed Medvedev is an early favorite for the men’s side, but Rafael Nadal is looking like a force to be reckoned with. The legendary Spaniard has already claimed two Grand slam titles this year, and we wouldn’t be surprised if he made it to No.1 in the US Open, raising his total tally of wins to 23.
However, after spending a lot of time on the sidelines this year due to rib injuries and an ongoing knee condition, Nadal will have to step it up in the final grand slam if he wants to finish at the top of the world rankings.
Meanwhile, it’s still uncertain whether his longtime rival Djokovic will be allowed to take part in the tournament, given his unvaccinated status. The United States Tennis Association has stated that it will respect government rules, banning non-citizens who are not vaccinated against Covid-19 to enter the country. Unless there is a last minute change, this will undoubtedly deal a huge blow to the Wimbledon champion’s rankings.
Other players featuring in the top 10 male seed placings include Carlos Alcaraz, Felix Auger-Aliassime, Casper Ruud, Cameron Norrie and Stefanos Tsitsipas.
Speaking of all-time greats, current world No.1 and French Open champion Iga Swiatek is top seed for the women’s draw while Venus Williams was selected as one of the eight wildcards for this year’s US Open.
After missing out on a lot of the action last year due to an injury, this will also mark the final tournament of Serena Williams’ career. The six-time US Open winner has announced her plans to retire following the final leg of the Grand Slam season.
The pressure will be rising for Emma Raducanu to live up to her historic victory last year and defend her current title but the young Briton has already stated that she’s “keen for a clean slate”.
The winners of the US Open will not receive a whopping $2.6 million in prize money but also 2000 points to be added to their ATP rankings.
September 10th marks the date for the women’s final while the men’s final will take place a day later on September 11th.
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