The organizers of the US Open are clammy, because the top players who cancel never stop coming. Our tennis journalist Gert Gommé sheds light on the situation. “Who knows, this might provide opportunities for David Goffin to record his best result ever in a Grand Slam?” Said Gommé.
Afraid of the phone
The sweat of fear may break out of the organizers of the US Open every time the phone rings. Is there another top winner for the second grand slam tournament of the season?
The number 1 among the women, Ashleigh Barty, already announced that she would not participate. She does not like the trip during this corona pandemic.
For the same reason, defending champion and four-time winner Rafael Nadal sends his cat for the same reason. That is a loss, all the more because the injured Roger Federer (knee injury) is also absent and enfant terrible Nick Kyrgios has also canceled because he does not want to fly in the current circumstances.
Rafael Nadal was the primus at the US Open last year.
The show must go on
The number of corona infections remains extremely high in New York and – by extension – the United States. But that should not spoil the fun. The organization received the green light from the American tennis federation and every effort is made to get the tournament played. They will start on August 31, although we should always speak in two words.
It goes without saying that players and players are tested before the start of the tournament. And it’s a smart move to also play Cincinnati’s WTA tournament on Flushing Meadows.
In this way, the players are on the scene more than a week earlier and are quarantined on the site of the US Open. They can do that while continuing to play at level and earn prize money / ranking points.
It’s a smart move to also play Cincinatti’s WTA tournament on Flushing Meadows. In this way, the players are on the scene more than a week earlier and are quarantined on the site of the US Open.
It is still more than three weeks before the start of the US Open. Many players and players have to decide this week whether to make the crossing. Maybe the cancellations we know now are just the tip of the iceberg.
For the time being, Novak Djokovic will lead the field, hunted by young wolves like Dominic Thiem, Daniil Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Alexander Zverev. Can anyone of the new batch finally break through the hegemony of the Fab Four (Nadal-Djokovic-Federer-Murray)?
David Goffin has also indicated that he will make the crossing. Who knows, this battered field will create opportunities to record its best result ever in a Grand Slam?
Elise Mertens will travel with doubts in the head of the women. She lost her first match in Palermo since the corona break without a chance from a Belarusian qualifying player. There are still many question marks in all areas.