Federer and Osaka among those named to US Open tennis court
Posted On July 22, 2021
NEW YORK: Defending champion Naomi Osaka, who withdrew from the French Open due to mental issues and skipped Wimbledon, and Roger Federer, who missed the Olympics with a knee injury, were named on Wednesday on the US Open tennis court.
The United States Tennis Association has named the men’s and women’s singles rosters for the event from August 30 to September 12 at Flushing Meadows, where spectators will return to 100% capacity.
The 103 top-ranked players on the ATP Tour are listed in New York with top-ranked Novak Djokovic chasing a calendar year Grand Slam after a Wimbledon win that raised him to ninth-place Federer and Rafael Nadal. , third, with a men’s record of 20 career Grand Slam titles.
Only Rod Laver in 1962 and 1969 and Don Budge in 1938 managed a Slam on the men’s calendar.
Djokovic, who will seek Olympic gold in Tokyo, could become only the second player to win all four Slam singles crowns and Olympic gold the same year after Steffi Graf in 1988.
Other male participants include defending champion Dominic Thiem, sixth in the table, former US Open winners Stan Wawrinka and Marin Cilic, world number two Daniil Medvedev and fourth Stefanos Tsitsipas.
Britain’s Andy Murray, 2012 US Open champion, was the first player on the substitute list and will earn a place in the main draw if anyone on the pitch withdraws.
Sixteen qualifiers and eight wildcards will complete the field.
On the women’s side, top-ranked Ashleigh Barty of Australia, who won her second Grand Slam title at Wimbledon, is one of 15 slam singles champions, including seven in the top 10.
Quadruple Grand Slam champion Osaka of Japan, placed second, is also in the lineup with Australian Open 2020 champion and world number four Sofia Kenin, fifth US Open 2019 winner Bianca Andreescu, eighth Iga Swiatek and former world number Garbine Muguruza and Simona Halep.
In total, 100 of the top 104 players in the WTA rankings chose to participate in the event. -AFP