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Six Interesting Facts About The 2016 US Open Men’s Draw

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This year’s men’s draw at the US Open is full with a both anxiety and excitement. As Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal nurse wrist injuries, Andy Murray and Co are working hard to maximize their chances at Flushing Meadows. Once again the draw promises to entertain and below are six facts about this year’s draw.

1. Five former champions

The draw is not short of champions. No fewer than five players have won the title since 2009. Besides defending champion Novak Djokovic, previous winners include Andy Murray, Marin Cilic, Juan Martin del Potro and Rafael Nadal. None of these players have been able to win back-to-back titles at Flushing Meadows. The last player to achieve this was Roger Federer between 2004-2008.

Previous winners in the draw:-
Novak Djokovic – 2011, 2015
Andy Murray – 2012
Rafael Nadal – 2010, 2013
Marin Cilic – 2014
Juan Martin del Potro – 2009

2. Six teenagers

Six rising stars of the men’s game will make their bid in New York. The youngest player in the draw, 18-year-old Francis Tiafoe, was just six months when Federer made his ATP Tour debut at the 1998 Gstaad Open.

List of teenagers
Francis Tiafoe (18)
Michael Mmoh (18)
Taylor Fritz (18)
Alexander Zverev (19)
Borna Coric (19)
Jared Donaldson (19)

3. 49 players over the age of 30

38% of the men’s draw will consist of players aged over the age of 30. This total is just two players shy of the 2016 French Open record of 51. It is however a US Open record, surpassing the 2015 mark of 40. Their presence is clear evidence that more players are peaking later in their careers.

The oldest player in the draw is 37-year-old Radek Stepanek. This year will be his 14th appearance in the main draw of the US Open and he will be trying to end his four-year streak of losing in the first round.

The list of 49 includes Gael Monfils and Denis Istomin, who will turn 30 during the tournament.

4. 40 countries represented

Tennis is certainly an international sport and the draw composition is a display of this. A total of 40 countries will be represented, including Uzbekistan, Moldova, Tunisia and Lithuania. Three of the 40 countries will feature ten or more players in the draw. The USA have 17 representatives followed by 13 for France and 11 for Spain. These three countries equate to 32% of the draw.

5. 16 first timers

Rafael Nadal was the last player to win a grand slam title on their debut at the 2005 French Open. This year 16 players will be bidding to emulate the Spaniard. These sixteen players are the following:-

Iñigo Cervantes ESP
Guilherme Clezar BRA
Gastao Elias POR
Ernesto Escobedo USA
Taylor Fritz USA
Marton Fucsovics HUN
Alessandro Giannessi ITA
Christian Harrison USA
Ilya Ivashka BLR
Karen Khachanov RUS
Jozef Kovalik SVK
Mackenzie McDonald USA
Michael Mmoh USA
Saketh Myneni IND
Jan Satral CZE
Jordan Thompson AUS

6. An early exit won’t spoil Novak Djokovic’s No.1 position

Novak Djokovic can lose 6-0, 6-0, 6-0, in the first round to Juan Martin del Potro and still maintain his position as world No.1. He currently leads the rankings with 5535 points.

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Iga Swiatek Demands Talks With ITF And WTA After Withdrawing From Billie Jean King Cup

Iga Swiatek is not happy with the ITF and WTA after withdrawing from the Billie Jean King Cup Finals.

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The world number one has announced that she will not compete at the Billie Jean King Cup Finals in November after criticising tennis’ governing bodies for not looking after player welfare.

 

The event is set to take place the week after the WTA Finals in Glasgow which causes a huge problem and obstacle for many players.

This is definitely the case for Swiatek who has qualified for the WTA Finals which takes place in Texas on the 31st of October.

A huge dilemma which now means Swiatek will not compete for her country at the Billie Jean King Cup.

Speaking on Instagram the Pole criticised the decision from the ITF and WTA and wants to speak to them about player welfare to prevent future decisions from happening, “I was thinking it through a lot and discussing it with my team all over again, but I will not be able to play at the Billie Jean King Cup in Glasgow,” Swiatek said in her Instagram story.

“And it makes me sad. I’m very sorry because I play for Poland whenever it’s possible and I always give it my best. Playing in Poland this year was an honour and I hoped to do this again at the end of the season.

“I’m disappointed that tennis governing bodies didn’t come to an agreement on something as basic as the calendar of tournaments, giving us only one day to travel through the globe and changing the time zone. This situation is not safe for our health and could cause injury.

“I’m going to talk to the WTA and ITF in order to change something. This situation is difficult not only for the players like me, but mainly for the tennis fans that support our fans.”

It’s clear Swiatek wants change in terms of player welfare and communication between governing bodies on how to facilitate the schedule.

However Swiatek now turns her attention to preparing for the WTA Finals and first up for the Pole is Ostrava this week.

In her opening match Swiatek will face either Ajla Tomljanovic or Shuai Zhang.

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Cameron Norrie Withdraws From Tokyo After COVID Positive Test

Cameron Norrie will miss the rest of the Asian swing due to COVID.

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After withdrawing from his quarter-final in Seoul, Cameron Norrie has now withdrawn from the ATP 500 event in Tokyo.

 

The Brit’s absence from the latter stages of the ATP 250 event in South Korea, raised eyebrows with Norrie suffering from illness.

However Norrie then withdraw from the ATP 500 event in Tokyo where he was due to play Thanasi Kokkinakis.

Now his absence has been explained as Norrie confirmed on social media that he tested positive for COVID-19.

In a statement originally posted on Instagram, Norrie explained he had no symptoms but has to quarantine in his hotel room in Seoul, “Unfortunately I had a positive COVID test in Korea and wasn’t able to compete in the rest of my matches,” Norrie said.

“I have no symptoms and I am feeling 100%. It’s been a complicated situation and I appreciate the Republic of Korea trying their best to be amicable in a very tough situation.

“I was really hoping to go to Tokyo but because of the quarantine period I will not be able to play there. Looking forward to getting back to Europe for the indoors. See you guys soon!”

This is the second time Norrie has tested positive for COVID with the first time being before the start of the season.

Norrie’s scheduled next tournament will be in Stockholm which will take place on the 17th of October.

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Carlos Alcaraz Faces Rune Test In Astana

Carlos Alcaraz leads a stacked field in Astana next week.

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Carlos Alcaraz returns to the ATP tour next week in Astana next week where he faces Danish talent Holger Rune.

 

The world number one plays his first ATP tournament since winning his first Grand Slam title at the US Open and becoming the youngest world number one in history.

Having qualified for the Nitto ATP Finals, Alcaraz will now look to build momentum over the coming weeks for the event in Turin.

First up for Alcaraz is the ATP 500 event in Astana next week where the Spaniard faces a tough opening round in the form of Danish talent Holger Rune.

The Dane reached his first Grand Slam quarter-final at Roland Garros earlier this year but had struggled for form since then.

However Rune has reached the semi-finals in Sofia this week and is hitting form at the right time so this will be a big test for Alcaraz.

Should Alcaraz get through that test than a potential second round meeting with Stan Wawrinka could be on the cards with the Swiss wildcard facing Adrian Mannarino in his opening match.

Andrey Rublev is the player that could face Alcaraz in the last eight with the eighth seed facing a qualifier in his opening round match.

Rublev is one of a number of players who are chasing the remaining spots at the Nitto ATP Finals.

Also in the top half of the draw is Stefanos Tsitsipas and Hubert Hurkacz with Tsitsipas facing Mikhail Kukushkin.

While Hurkacz faces Francisco Cerundolo and a potential second round match against home favourite Alexander Bublik could await in round two.

In the bottom half of the draw, Novak Djokovic will continue his search for a surge up the rankings against Cristian Garin.

Djokovic’s potential quarter-final is Jannik Sinner who begins against tricky serve and volleyer Oscar Otte.

Daniil Medvedev is also taking part in a stacked field in Astana as he faces Albert Ramos-Vinolas in his opening round match.

In the bottom quarter there is also an intriguing opening round match between Felix Auger-Aliassime and Roberto Bautista Agut.

Here is the full draw with play starting on Monday:

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