As the curtain comes down on the grass court season for another year, the world of tennis now focuses on the US Open in New York. The end of the Wimbledon Championships in July sparks preparations for the hard court season and the final Grand Slam of the year at the US Open.
The tournament at Flushing Meadows will mark twelve months since Emma Raducanu burst onto the scene as an 18-year-old to secure her maiden major title in 2021. The British number one has since struggled with injuries and inconsistent form but will be hoping to rediscover some momentum in New York later this month.
World No 1 Daniil Medvedev is the defending men’s champion after defeating Novak Djokovic in the final last year. Medvedev was unable to play at Wimbledon after Russian players were banned due to the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. At the moment there is no such ban in place for the US Open so Medvedev is hopeful he will be able to defend his crown.
It is still unclear whether Wimbledon Champion Novak Djokovic will be able to play in New York this year. USA currently requires all people entering the country to be vaccinated against Covid-19. The Serb has not received a vaccination and therefore may find it difficult to gain entry. In January this year he was deported from the Australian Open after his vaccine exemption was rejected by the local authorities.
If Djokovic misses the New York major he will hand over an advantage to great rival Rafael Nadal in the battle in the all-time Grand Slam rankings. Nadal is currently leading 22-21 and will look to capitalise on Djokovic’s absence if he does not play at the US Open.