The final Grand Slam of the year is just around the corner as the world’s best tennis players descend on Flushing Meadows in Queens, New York.
Last year’s tournament featured Emma Raducanu, ending a 44-year women’s Grand Slam drought in Britain.
In the men’s draw, the legend was far from making history when Novak Djokovic was denied a Grand Slam on the calendar by Daniil Medvedev.
Here’s everything you need to know about this year’s 4th Tennis Major.
Is Novak Djokovic going to play?
Djokovic, the Wimbledon champion and three-time US Open champion, was named as a contestant in the men’s draw, but his unwillingness to be vaccinated against COVID-19 returned and forced him to I started chewing.
Current advice from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that if you have not been vaccinated and are a non-U.S. citizen, you cannot enter.
That’s why Djokovic has been conspicuously absent from America’s hard-court season so far.
It’s also why he was forced to withdraw from the US Open — the second Grand Slam tournament he’s missed this year after being expelled from Australia and missing the Australian Open in January.
The U.S. Open itself does not require vaccinations for its players, but it “respects the U.S. government’s position regarding the entry of unvaccinated non-U.S. citizens,” it said on its website.
Also goes missing roger federer When Alexander Zverevturned into a very open draw, with Nadal going up against reigning champion Medvedev and a host of other rising stars, including: Stefanos Tsitsipas, Carlos Alcaraz, Casper Rude, Andrei Rublev and probably Nick Kyrgios Every chance to compete for their first Grand Slam singles title.
Is this Serena Williams’ last US Open?
The US Open is likely serena williams swan song as a professional player.
The 41-year-old, 23-time Grand Slam champion said earlier this month that he was “evolving away from tennis,” heavily alluding to the six-time champion and 10-time finalist US Open. her last.
Despite all the will in the world, Williams is unlikely to go deep into week two given her apathetic form, and the women’s draw is usually wide open.
Seven players have won women’s singles titles in the last 10 Grand Slams.
In fact, there have been 15 different champions at 22 slams since Williams won his last title, the 2017 Australian Open.
By comparison, the men’s draw for the same period saw just five different winners. Only two of them were outside the triumvirate of Federer, Nadal and Djokovic.
So who do you like?
21-year-old since her 37-match win that culminated in the French Open title Iga Sifiontekhas a middling form, winning only 6 out of 10 games. So she’s not an overwhelming favorite.
Simona Halep, Madison Keys Paula Badosa and the Cincinnati winner caroline garcia All of them have played well on hard courts this season, so there could be a winner coming out of that cohort.
What happened at last year’s US Open?
Radukhanu pulled off one of the greatest Grand Slam performances of all time, becoming the first qualifier (male or female) to reach a major final, far from winning them all.
Final against Canadian star Layla Fernandez It was notable for the fact that it was the first time the two teenagers had faced off in a Grand Slam final.
Raducanu won in straight sets. That means he didn’t drop a set in the entire tournament.
With the men’s draw, Djokovic came close to becoming the first male player since Rod Laver in 1969 to win all four tennis majors in a calendar year.
But as Medvedev finally realized he could win his first career Grand Slam title in straight sets, the pressure was on him.
From an Australian perspective, Sam Stosur teamed up with Zhang Shuai to win the women’s doubles, while Dylan Olcott completed the Golden Slam (all four major singles titles plus a Paralympic gold medal) in the quad singles.
Who has won this year’s past Grand Slams?
newly retired Ash Bertie Winning her last professional bout at the Australian Open, a clear successor to becoming the women’s number one Sifiontech Won the French Open on the clay court of the French Open.
Russian-born Kazakh player at Wimbledon Elena Rybakina She won the women’s title and won her first Grand Slam trophy.
Rafael Nadal He won his 21st and 22nd Grand Slam singles titles at the Australian Open and French Open respectively. Novak Djokovic Won his 21st singles title on the turf of the All England Club in South West London.
djokovic beat Nick Kyrgios In that Wimbledon final, however, Kyrgios’ major championship successes didn’t stop there this season.
Alongside Tanasi KokkinakisKyrgios added more local success with a tumultuous men’s doubles win at Melbourne Park. Matthew Ebden When Max Purcell at Wimbledon.
When does the US Open start?
The first game of the 142nd US Open starts at Tuesday, August 30, 1:00 AM AEST.
The finals will be held in New York over the weekend of September 10th and 11th. in short, September 11th and 12th in Australia.
How can I watch the US Open?
The tournament previously aired on Foxtel, but this year Channel 9 acquired the rights to broadcast the US Open.
So to get full coverage, Stan Sports streaming service.