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US Open Day 3 Preview: Five Must-See Matches

The top halves of the singles draws are scheduled for their second round matches on Wednesday.

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Sunset at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center (usopen.org).

28 of the 32 seeds in these portions of the draws advanced on Monday, including 15 of 16 women’s seeds.  That was a bit surprising considering how many top players are not present at this US Open. 

Will players be able to avoid the upsets again today?  Let’s hope they can avoid the rain, as there are thunderstorms in Wednesday’s Flushing Meadows forecast.

 

Karolina Pliskova (1) vs. Caroline Garcia

This is a marquee second round matchup between the top seed and a recent member of the top five.  After peaking at No.4 two years ago, Garcia had a rough 2019 with an equal amount of match wins and losses.  And the 26-year-old Frenchwoman is just 6-7 this season.  But a player as talented as Caroline seems destined to return to her winning ways sooner than later.  She’s split six previous meetings with Pliskova, and they’re 2-2 on hard courts.  Pliskova is one of the least-talked about top seeds at a Major in recent memory.  But she was a finalist here four years ago, and claimed a hard court title earlier this year in Brisbane with wins over Naomi Osaka and Madison Keys.  Garcia is a tough draw, so Pliskova will need to avoid getting negative under pressure, as her former coach Rennae Stubbs has said is her auto-setting.  Despite that, Pliskova should have enough fire power to advance to the US Open third round for the fifth straight year.

Novak Djokovic (1) vs. Kyle Edmund

Edmund was a champion in this same state earlier this year, raising the trophy at the New York Open on Long Island in February.  And 25-year-old Brit owns a victory over Djokovic, which occurred two years ago on clay in Madrid.  However, in their other five meetings, Novak has taken 12 of 13 sets played.  The world No.1’s all-court game diffuses Edmund’s strong groundies.  While Djokovic was severely cranky on Arthur Ashe Stadium two days ago, he still comfortably won in straight sets.  The outcome today should not be much different, as Novak looks to extend his 2020 record to 25-0.

Naomi Osaka (4) vs. Camila Giorgi

The 2018 champion withdrew from the final of the Western & Southern Open just four days ago with a hamstring injury.  But Osaka looked healthy in Monday night’s first round, surviving a three-set encounter against veteran Masaki Doi.  Her opponent today is one of the hardest hitters on tour.  The 28-year-old Italian has recently achieved some nice results on American hard courts, reaching the finals in both Washington and the Bronx last summer.  But Osaka’s game is much less one-dimensional than Giorgi’s, and Naomi easily prevailed in their only previous meeting two years ago on a hart court.  A healthy Osaka is the favorite to remain undefeated in the second round of this event in her career.

Taylor Fritz (19) vs. Gilles Simon

The contrasts between these two players are numerous.  Fritz is a hard-hitting 22-year-old on the rise, while Simon is a 35-year-old undoubtedly in the twilight of his career.  Both men had some strong results pre-pandemic: Simon made the semis in Marseille, while Fritz was a finalist in Acapulco.  Gilles prevailed the only other time they’ve met, though that was over four years ago on clay.  The Frenchman has always been a tough out with his counterpunching style, and is still capable of frustrating top players.  Fritz has been and up-and-down player thus far in his career, but he should possess enough power off the ground to hit his way through this tough second round challenge.

Jennifer Brady (28) vs. CiCi Bellis (WC)

This is a battle between two young Americans on the comeback.  25-year-old Brady had a breakout season three years ago, reaching the fourth round here as well as at the Australian Open.  The next two seasons were rough for Jennifer, but she has played magnificently in 2020.  Including qualifying rounds, Brady has 18 match wins this year, and was the champion in Lexington a few weeks ago.  21-year-old Bellis first made her impression six years ago at this event as a 15-year-old, when she upset Dominika Cibulkova.  But CiCi has been inundated with injuries at such a young age.  Bellis had four surgeries the last few years, on her wrist, arm, and elbow.  Finally healthy again, she has shown some good form, having reached the third round of the Australian earlier this year.  Bellis won their only previous meeting, two years ago in Sydney qualifying.  But Brady is a much an improved player this season, and her recent results should provide her with the necessary confidence to advance.

Other Notable Matches on Day 3:

Sascha Zverev (6) vs. Brandon Nakashima (WC).  Zverev served well and survived a tough first round draw in Kevin Anderson.  Nakashima is a 19-year-old American who won his first Grand Slam match on Monday.

Stefanos Tsitsipas (4) vs. Maxime Cressy (WC), another American wild card who hadn’t won a match at a Major prior to this fortnight.

In an all-German affair, 2016 champion Angelique Kerber (17) vs. Anna-Lena Friedsam.  Kerber is 2-0 against her countrywoman.

Order of play (All times local, -5 hours from BST)

Arthur Ashe Stadium
12:00:
Kateryna Kozlova (Ukr) v (6) Petra Kvitova (Cze)
(1) Novak Djokovic (Ser) v Kyle Edmund (Gbr)
Not before 19:00
(4) Naomi Osaka (Jpn) v Camila Giorgi (Ita)
(4) Stefanos Tsitsipas (Gre) v Maxime Cressy (USA)

Louis Armstrong Stadium
11:00:
(17) Angelique Kerber (Ger) v Anna-Lena Friedsam (Ger)
Brandon Nakashima (USA) v (5) Alexander Zverev (Ger)
(1) Karolina Pliskova (Cze) v Caroline Garcia (Fra)
(12) Denis Shapovalov (Can) v Soon Woo Kwon (Kor)
Madison Brengle (USA) v (19) Dayana Yastremska (Ukr)

Court 4
11:00:
Simone Bolelli (Ita) & Maximo Gonzalez (Arg) v Santiago Gonzalez (Mex) & Kenneth Skupski (Gbr)
Sander Gille (Bel) & Joran Vliegen (Bel) v (2) Lukasz Kubot (Pol) & Marcelo Melo (Bra)
(7) Victoria Azarenka (Blr) & Sofia Kenin (USA) v Ellen Perez (Aus) & Storm Sanders (Aus)

Court 5
11:00:
(30) Kristina Mladenovic (Fra) v Varvara Gracheva (Rus)
Lloyd George Harris (Rsa) v (7) David Goffin (Bel)
Cameron Norrie (Gbr) v Federico Coria (Arg)
Cori Gauff (USA) & Catherine McNally (USA) v Hailey Baptiste (USA) & Whitney Osuigwe (USA)

Court 6
11:00:
(8) Wesley Koolhof (Ned) & Nikola Metkic (Cro) v Nikola Cacic (Ser) & Divij Sharan (Ind)
Egor Gerasimov (Blr) v Jordan Thompson (Aus)
(11) Elena Rybakina (Kaz) v Shelby Rogers (USA)

Court 7
11:00:
Kaja Juvan (Slo) v (14) Anett Kontaveit (Est)
Vera Lapko (Blr) v (23) Yulia Putintseva (Kaz)
Michael Mmoh (USA) v (28) Jan-Lennard Struff (Ger)

Court 8
11:00:
(24) Magda Linette (Pol) v Danka Kovinic (Mne)
Alejandro Davidovich Fokina (Spa) v (24) Hubert Hurkacz (Pol)
Juan Ignacio Londero (Arg) v (27) Borna Coric (Cro)

Court 9
11:00:
(7) Raven Klaasen (Rsa) & Oliver Marach (Aut) v Marcus Daniell (Nzl) & Philipp Oswald (Aut)
Luke Bambridge (Gbr) & Ben McLachlan (Jpn) v Christopher Eubanks (USA) & MacKenzie McDonald (USA)
Lyudmyla Kichenok (Ukr) & Nadiia Kichenok (Ukr) v Hayley Carter (USA) & Luisa Stefani (Bra)
Nao Hibino (Jpn) & Makoto Ninomiya (Jpn) v Anna Blinkova (Rus) & Polina Kudermetova (Rus)

Court 11
11:00:
(26) Filip Krajinovic (Ser) v Marcos Giron (USA)
Kirsten Flipkens (Bel) v Jessica Pegula (USA)
Ann Li (USA) v (13) Alison Riske (USA)
Ricardas Berankis (Lit) v Steve Johnson (USA)

Court 12
11:00:
(12) Marketa Vondrousova (Cze) v Aliaksandra Sasnovich (Blr)
Mikhail Kukushkin (Kaz) v (13) Christian Garin (Chi)
Marta Kostyuk (Ukr) v (31) Anastasija Sevastova (Lat)
Pablo Carreno-Busta (Spa) Mitchell Krueger (USA)

Court 14
11:00:
Raluca Olaru (Rom) & Sara Sorribes Tormo (Spa) v Lucie Hradecka (Cze) & Andreja Klepac (Slo)
Jeremy Chardy (Fra) & Fabrice Martin (Fra) v Christian Harrison (USA) & Ryan Harrison (USA)
Anastasia Rodionova (Aus) & Sabrin Santamaria (USA) v (2) Elise Mertens (Bel) & Aryna Sabalenka (Blr)
Asia Muhammad (USA) & Taylor Townsend (USA) v (5) Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA) & Shuai Zhang (Chn)

Court 15
11:00:
Austin Krajicek (USA) & Franko Skugor (Cro) v (3) Rajeev Ram (USA) & Joe Salisbury (Gbr)
Mate Pavic (Cro) & Bruno Soares (Bra) v (5) Marcel Granollers (Spa) & Horacio Zeballos (Arg)
Alexa Guarachi (Chi) & Desirae Krawczyk (USA) v Laura Siegemund (Ger) & Vera Zvonareva (Rus)

Court 17
11:00:
Kateryna Bondarenko (Ukr) v (8) Petra Martic (Cro)
Catherine Cartan Bellis (USA) v (28) Jennifer Brady (USA)
(32) Adrian Mannarino (Fra) v Jack Sock (USA)
Gilles Simon (Fra) v (19) Taylor Harry Fritz (USA)

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US Open 2022: Djokovic, Medvedev Early Favorites but Will the Serb Be Allowed to Compete?

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Wimbledon was a great success for the World’s No.1 ranked Novak Djokovic, as the Serbian star claimed another Grand Slam title. However, with the grass season officially behind us, tennis enthusiasts are looking towards the US Open. 

 

The Hard Court season is around the corner, and the usual suspects are topping the bookmaker’s odds to win the final Grand Slam of the season – the US Open – which will take place at Flushing Meadows, New York City. 

US Open 2022 betting odds & favorites to win it all 

To the surprise of nobody, Djokovic is topping the current US Open tennis odds at Caesars sportsbook New York as he looks to finish the Grand Slam season with another success added to his resume. 

Daniil Medvedev is the second favorite to win the competition, and Carlos Alcaraz is the third betting favorite. Interestingly, Rafael Nadal – all-time record holder with 22 Grand Slam titles – is currently priced at +660, making him an outsider to the aforementioned players. 

Tennis fans eagerly anticipated a meeting between Djokovic and Nadal in the Wimbledon finals, but the Spaniard was forced out of the competition due to an injury. A US Open final meeting between the two most successful ranked tennis stars is undoubtedly a match we’re all craving, but can Nadal prove the sportsbooks wrong and battle his way into another final? 

With less than a month until the first round begins, here are the latest available odds to win the US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, taking place between Aug 29 – Sep 11, 2022.      

Players Odds to win the US Open outright 
Novak Djokovic +150 
Danill Medvedev +225
Carlos Alcaraz Garfia+350
Rafael Nadal +550
Stefanos Tsitsipas +1,200 
Alexander Zverev +1,400 
Matteo Berrettini+1,600
Jannik Sinner +1,800 
Felix Auger-Aliassime +2,000
Andrey Rublev +2,500
Taylor Fritz +2,500 
Dominic Thiem +2,800
Denis Shapovalov +3,500 
Miomir Kecmanovic +3,500
Nick Kyrgios +3,500
Hubert Hurkacz +4,000 
Jenson Brooksby +4,000 
Cameron Norrie +4,000 
Casper Ruud +4,000 
Roger Federer +5,000 

Despite owning the favorable betting position to win the US Open outright, Djokovic remains unvaccinated. The current regulations state that non-US citizens must be vaccinated to compete in the US, so he’s ineligible to play. 

Djokovic hasn’t given up hope

The unvaccinated tennis stand-out was removed from the Australian Open in January, as the government declared he’d disobeyed strict Covid-19 regulations. 

The 35-year-old is now facing a similar fate at Flushing Meadows but has insisted on continuing his US Open training camp. 

As it currently stands, Djokovic won’t play at the US Open. Still, the Serbian star remains hopeful and recently took to social media with a video clip of himself preparing for the tournament. 

I am preparing as if I will be allowed to compete while I await to hear if there is any room for me to travel to the US,’ Djokovic wrote on Twitter. 
‘Fingers crossed!’ 

After posting a video of himself preparing, fans showed their support in abundance with the hashtag #LetNovakPlay. 

Further support for the Serbian star has continued with a petition on Change.Org. As of Saturday morning, close to 45,000 people had signed the petition requesting the US Tennis Association and the federal government to agree for Djokovic to gain entry into the US. 

‘I just wanted to take a moment and say to all of you how grateful I am to see so many messages of support and love from all around the world these days,’ Djokovic wrote to his fans. 
‘It feels special that people connect with my tennis career in such a loving and supportive way and wish for me to continue to compete.’ 

Several US politicians have expressed their opinions on the matter and have insisted that US President Joe Biden ease the rules so that Djokovic can participate at the upcoming Open. 

American politicians aren’t the only ones speaking up against Biden’s rules. The Serbia-American Voting Alliance (SAVA) has also written a letter asking the President to reconsider the regulations preventing Djokovic from competing in the United States. It read, “The US Open is the biggest tennis tournament in the world, and it won’t be what it is without Novak Djokovic. 
“Considering the economic situation and the crisis at all levels, America must not allow the US Open not to take place in its full glory and capacity, which means the arrival of Novak Djokovic, who has been crowned three times at the US Open, Novak does not pose any security threat, is one of the healthiest people in the world due to his disciplined life and serves as a role model and inspiration to millions around the world. 
“It is in America’s interest that the biggest tournament in the world hosts the best player in the world, especially since he just won the seventh Wimbledon in London.”  

Should the restriction be removed, Djokovic has the opportunity to level Rafael Nadal for the most Grand Slam titles of all time (22). 

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McEnroe Labels Novak Djokovic’s Possible US Open Ban As ‘Crazy’

The American tennis great says he ‘respects’ Djokovic’s decision not to get vaccinated against covid-19.

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Novak Djokovic at the 2021 Rolex Paris Masters (Credit: Roberto Dell'Olivo)

John McEnroe says he is hoping that a solution can be found for Novak Djokovic to play at the US Open later this year.

 

As it currently stands 21-time Grand Slam champion Djokovic will not be allowed to play in New York due to government rules related to the entry of unvaccinated individuals. To travel to America, visitors are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 unless they qualify for a special exemption. Djokovic has not been jabbed and stated after his Wimbledon triumph that he is not planning to do so. 

On Wednesday the United States Tennis Association (USTA) issued their entry lists for the US Open which also included Djokovic in the men’s draw. However, they also posted a statement confirming that they will ‘respect’ the American government’s rules concerning unvaccinated players. 

“The US Open does not have a vaccination mandate in place for players, but it will respect the U.S. government’s position regarding travel into the country for unvaccinated non-U.S. citizens,” the USTA said. 

Weighing in on the debate, former world No.1 McEnroe described the prospect of Djokovic missing the US Open as ‘crazy’ during an interview with Tennis 365. The Serbian has won four out of the last seven Grand Slam tournaments. He missed this year’s Australian Open following a high-profile legal dispute over the legitimacy of his visa which resulted in his deportation.

“We have to find a way to get Novak into the US Open,” said McEnroe. “How can he not be there? He has just won Wimbledon, he is a great champion and he should be in the US Open.
“I don’t agree with his decision not to get vaccinated, but I respect it. He is one of the fittest guys in the world and everything he puts into his body, he is watching carefully.
“Now we are saying that because of his choice, he can’t play at the US Open. I mean, come on. He has already been deported from Australia for the same reason and here we are again.
“I hope someone finds a way to sort this out. It’s crazy that Novak misses the US Open at this stage.”

Djokovic has won the US Open three times in his career with his most recent triumph occurring in 2018. He also won the title in 2011 and 2015. The 35-year-old was also runner-up at the tournament on six other occasions.

Should he be unsuccessful in trying to enter America, it is unclear when Djokovic will play his next tournament. He has previously hinted that he could feature in the Laver Cup that will take place in September. 

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US Open: Unvaccinated Novak Djokovic On Entry List But Former Champion Thiem Is Missing

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Novak Djokovic (SRB) - Credit: AELTC/Simon Bruty

Novak Djokovic has automatically entered himself to play at this year’s US Open even though there is a strong chance that he will not be allowed to participate. 

 

The 21-time Grand Slam champion has been included in the provisional entry list which was published on Wednesday. However, organizers confirmed that they will ‘respect’ the US Government’s rules on the admission of vaccinated individuals into the country. As it currently stands those who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 are not allowed to enter the country unless they qualify for a special exemption. 

“The US Open does not have a vaccination mandate in place for players, but it will respect the U.S. government’s position regarding travel into the country for unvaccinated non-U.S. citizens,” the USTA said in a statement. 

Djokovic is one of those who are not vaccinated against the virus. Following his win over Nick Kyrgios in the Wimbledon final, the former world No.1 stated that he still has no intention of being jabbed. Even though it could result in his missing a series of key Masters 1000 events across the summer, as well as the US Open. Djokovic has previously said he is cautious about injecting substances into his body due to concerns about how he may react. The COVID-19 vaccination has been deemed safe by the World Health Organization. 

“I’m not vaccinated and I’m not planning to get vaccinated so the only good news I can have is them removing the mandated green vaccine card or whatever you call it to enter the United States or exemption,” Djokovic told reporters at Wimbledon. “I don’t know. I don’t think the exemption is realistically possible. If that is a possibility, I don’t know what exemption would be about.”

As Djokovic hopes for a change in the law for him to play, 2020 champion Dominic Thiem will be relying on receiving a wild card for him to participate. The Austrian has decided not to join the entry list with the use of his protected ranking. Thiem was unable to defend his title last year due to a right wrist injury which ended up sidelining him from the Tour for months. 

Elsewhere, a trio of former top 20 players are using their protected ranking to join the field. Stan Wawrinka, Borna Coric and Kyle Edmund are all using their passes. Wawrinka and Coric have both started their comeback from injury but Edmund hasn’t played a singles tournament since October 2020. Aljaz Bedene, who is set to retire from the Sport at the end of this season, is also using his protected ranking. 

Williams joins the women’s field

In the women’s tournament, Serena Williams has used her protected ranking of 16th to join the field. The American recently played her first tournament for 12 months at Wimbledon where she lost in the first round to France’s Harmony Tan. Williams, who is one major title away from equalling Margaret Court’s record of 24, has also entered herself into other tournaments leading up to the US Open. 

Reigning champion Emma Raducanu is 10th on the list and will be hoping to repeat her heroics from last year where as a qualifier she won 10 matches in a row without dropping a set en route to the title. Since then, the Brit hasn’t featured in another Tour final and has been hampered by various physical issues. 

Raducanu and Williams are two out of six former US Open champions on the entry list. The others are Naomi Osaka, Angelique Kerber, Sloane Stephens and Bianca Andreescu. 

Venus Williams, who last won the tournament back in 2001, isn’t on the list. However, she could enter via wild card if she is given one. 

The 2022 US Open main draw will begin on August 29th. The full list of men’s entries can be seen HERE and the women’s HERE

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