The U.S. Open tennis championships return for its 140th edition this week, and without a shadow of a doubt it will be the biggest event like any other before.
Despite a Covid-1p epidemic that continues to plague the world, the USTA has organized a bubble of Grand Slam tennis and hundreds of players in search of this prestigious trophy in two weeks.
Thousands of buzzing fan jams in stadiums will miss the normal power of jams, automatic line calls will replace judges, and strict protocols will force players to undergo frequent coronavirus tests.
Still, we still get two weeks of world-class tennis. So, let’s try to enjoy it, what do we do?
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Novak Djokovic was the absolute force before the COVID-19 stopped in Indian Wells in March.
He started the season leading Serbia to victory in the opening ATP Cup; Immediately just three weeks later he won his eighth career Australian Open; And then he captured the Dubai Tennis Championships for the fifth time in his career at the end of February.
Djokovic said after his title win in Dubai, albeit firmly, that he was trying to be unbeaten in 2020.
The sudden five-month hiatus due to COVID-19 – and another title to restart his season after a comeback final win against Milos Raonic at the Western & Southern Open – is a possibility in what was later thought to be a possibility.
Novak Djokovic of Serbia holds his winning trophy as Milos Raonic of Canada, left, watches the final of the Western and Southern Open Tennis Tournament on Saturday, November 29, 22 and 20 in New York. (Frankline II / AP)
Djokovic in his 2020 campaign 23-0-08-2007 His title at the Western and Southern Open was the 35th Masters 1000 trophy of his career, setting a record for Rafael Nadal. He is also now the only player in the history of the sport to have won all nine Masters 1000 titles twice.
Meanwhile, his two best rivals are not present in this fortnight. Nadal wants to leave the open due to travel concerns, while Roger Federer is rehabilitating for the rest of the year after two other knee surgeries.
Djokovic to lose this US Open.
What does the next genre see as its best opportunity?
Federer, Nadal and Djokovic’s Big 3 have made 13 consecutive Grand Slamps. Surprisingly, they have won 51 of the 59 majors since 200.
In fact, only two players outside Djokovic have won Grand Slam titles at the US Open: Andy Murray and Marin Cilic. This put 125 players in anticipation of the first slam.
If a new face emerges, look at the young crop of talent.
Last year’s final candidate Daniel Medvedev must have the firepower, variety, defensive skills and confidence to get there.
The Austrian Dominic Thiem is 0-3 in the Grand Slam final and has pushed Djokovic to five sets before winning this year’s final in Melbourne.
Stefanos Sitcipas is an accomplished genius with elite shot making skills and movement. He was crowned ATP finalist late last season and will be looking forward to the Grand Slam final in his first career.
An opportunity with less complex drawing in front of the next generation certainly knocks.
Don’t sleep in Milos
He rarely made it to the finals of the Western and Southern Open last weekend, a healthy offer Milos Raonic made at any event.
Raonic luckily used this interval to build his body with three separate six-week training blocks and of course it paid off. He had a great win in the lead-up tournament over Philip Krajinovic and Sitsipas, who later served as Raonic’s “best of the game”.
He has also served impressive continuity in the Majors. Since 2015, Raonic has advanced to the fourth round or 12 out of 16 better.
The fresh, curly flow that Raonic is now swaying was also on the agenda of the visit.
What could Dennis and Felix do?
The inconsistent results should be condemned, Denis Shapovalov is one of the electric players that this game is offering. The tennis ball throws his racquet like lightning, his one hand on the back of the back of the back of the back of the back of the back of the back of the back of the back of the back of the back of the back of the back of the back of the back of the back of the back of the back of the back of the back of the back.
And now… @ addis_show
Dennis Shapawalv ended the day on #CInCyTENNIS with a move-3, -3-3 win over Marine Elias.
– Team Canada (TimCanada) August 23, 2020
The end of 2019 saw a significant breakthrough in the Shapovalve of the ATP circuit. He lifted the title of his first career in Stockholm last October and also reached the first Masters 1000 final of his career in Paris.
The results ranked him 13th in his career.
However, Shapolov has failed to reach the second week of the Grand Slam since 2013. The relatively easy quarterback is this 21-year-old, who could prove to be a favor for the twelfth seed in this event.
Equivalent parts of his counterpart, Felix Ager-Aliasim, are dangerous on the court but with different powers.
Agar-Aliasim’s movement and athleticism are off the chart and he is a frequent maker of highlight reels. The former player, Pandit and his omnipotent game were wonderfully surprised.
The native of Montreal will be looking to advance to the first round in New York for the first time in his tournament against Brazil’s Thiago Monteiro on Tuesday.
Osaka Leads Social Justice Messaging Court, Now Looks Growing Success
In light of the boycott across professional sports, it is unclear how one individualistic game with hundreds of sole proprietorships could be predictably involved.
Naomi Osaka attends the event and took a stand. The semifinal matches of the Osaka Western and Southern Open led to a boycott that stopped the action for a day.
The two-time Grand Slam champion has not been ashamed in the past to use his platform for conversation and change. He was active on social media as his support for the Black Lives Matter movement and challenged racist ideology across the distance.
As for his tennis, he is in excellent form to enter the Flushing Maido after running the final of the Western and Southern Open (he withdrew from the final due to a hamstring injury). He is a definite contender to win a third career slam
Naomi Osaka serves Annette Contavit during the quarterfinals of the Western and Southern Open on Wednesday, August 22nd, August 22nd in New York. (Frankline II / AP)
Serena Quest continues
Serena Williams will again try to equal Margaret Court’s 24 Grand Slam record and this time there are fewer obstacles in the draw.
Six of the top ten players in the WTA rankings chose to avoid this year’s event, including defending champion and Canadian Bianca Andreascu.
Ashley Bertie, Simona Halep, Elena Sovitolina, Kiki Bartens and Belinda Bensic are also at home.
Williams has been a runner-up in the Flushing Meadow for the past two years and has won the event five times. A major positive title in the tournament is his fitness and conditioning appearance topping the list after being knocked out.
Lonely optimistic left lelah
With Andrescu missing and far below Jenny Bouchard’s ranking qualifications, Canadian tennis fans would expect emerging teen star Lelah Fernandez to make a breakthrough on the Grand Slam stage.
The 17-year-old was rapidly becoming sensitive on the tour early this season before the game was over. He reached the WTA final of his first career in Acapulco, reached the quarterfinals in Monterrey, won the top ten against Bensic in Fed Cup action, and is knocking hard in the top-10.
The former junior French Open champion often has a laser-like focus on the court, and with his ability to take the ball early and his left-arm spin, he is a problematic matchup for any opponent.
Canada’s Lelah Fernandez celebrates her second set victory in the women’s final against Great Britain’s Heather Watson at the Mexican Tennis Open in Acapulco, Mexico on Saturday, February 29, 2020. AP)
First-time slam winners are the new norm
Although the three players combined dominated the men’s field for most of the major titles, the women’s game was quite the opposite.
There have been 10 new Grand Slam champions since 2015 and three of the last four majors have been lifted by first-time winners.
The significant absence of the top ten makes this draw even more open and several players could be picking at the right time.
Belgium’s Elise Mertens returned to the top 20 after the semifinals of the Western and Southern Open and won the US Open crown in doubles last year.
Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur made history in Melbourne earlier this year when she became the first Arab woman to reach the quarter-finals of the first Slove tournament. After making the quarterfinals last week, he is 31st in the rankings in a career.
We know how special Coco Goff is, and the 16-year-old American has already made his second week out of three competitive slam.
Carolina Pliskova is probably the top player on most radars you can find. He was the first seed in the event, he won 16 WTA titles in his career, and was a finalist at the US Open in 201. This was probably his best chance.