There will be no shortage of big names at this year’s U.S. Open
Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Naomi Osaka and Serena Williams are among the former champions entered into the final Grand Slam tennis event of 2021.
The USTA announced the fields Wednesday for the tournament that runs from Aug. 30-Sept. 12 in New York.
Federer, who turns 40 Aug. 8, lost in the quarterfinals at Wimbledon and has faced speculation about his retirement since. He recently said he suffered a “setback” in his right knee after two surgeries and would rehab with the hopes of playing the Open.
Top-ranked Djokovic, who won the Australian Open, the French Open and Wimbledon to tie Federer and Rafael Nadal at 20 majors, will be seeking to become the third man to win all four Grand Slam singles titles in the same year. Don Budge in 1938 and Rod Laver in 1969 are the others.
Djokovic is also playing at the Tokyo Olympics and could become the first man to complete a “Golden Slam.” Steffi Graf did it in 1988.
World No. 3 Rafael Nadal, who skipped Wimbledon and the Olympics to rest, is also in the field and could be the biggest obstacle to Djokovic’s run at a Grand Slam.
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Defending champion Dominic Thiem, 2016 winner Stan Wawrinka and 2014 champ Marin Cilic are also in the field.
World No. 2 Osaka has not played a match since withdrawing after the first round in Paris after refusing to speak with the media while citing concerns over her mental health. She was fined $15,000 as as result. She has since done other interviews while saying her goal is to win singles gold at the Tokyo Olympics.
Also in the women’s field is Williams, the 23-time Grand Slam champion and soon-to-be-40-year-old who had to retire from her first-round match at Wimbledon after she slipped on the Centre Court grass, injuring her right leg.
The entry lists include players who make the field automatically. Players still can withdraw from the tournament.
Wimbledon champion and No. 1-ranked Ash Barty headlines the women’s field. Osaka, the defending U.S. Open champion, is ranked second ahead of Aryna Sabalenka, a Wimbledon semifinalist, and Sofia Kenin, the 2020 Australian Open champion.
This week’s ATP and WTA rankings were used to determine the entry lists. Seedings will be announced closer to the start of the tournament.
(The AP contributed reporting)
Source: Forbes – Business