The first round of the United States Championship will close tomorrow (Tuesday, starting at 18:00 Israel time, live broadcast on Eurosport).
Ranked No. 1 in the world and the big favorite to win Novak Djokovic dreams of making history and being the first in the open era to complete a win in all four Grand Slam tournaments that year. The Serb, who experienced great disappointment when he lost to Sasha Zebrav in the semi-finals of the Olympic tournament and then also lost in the bronze medal match, will open the tournament in New York with a number of question marks, mainly as to his health condition. The Serb, who was eliminated in the quarterfinals in 2020 and also in 2019 and did not participate last year, will open the tournament with an intriguing game against the talented 18-year-old Danish Holger Rona, who is ranked 145th in the world. “Djokovic is an amazing player, a legend, I will have a lot of fun playing against him. I believe I am at a level to face every player in the round, it will be a very interesting game.”
Sasha Zebrav, ranked fourth in the tournament, comes to the tournament very encouraged after winning the Olympic gold medal and then celebrating another Masters title in Cincinnati. He will open the United States Championship on the main field against local Sam Quarry, who is ranked 78th in the world and reached the 2017 quarterfinals in New York. This will be the third meeting between the two and Zebrav has won both so far.
Matteo Bartini, ranked 6th, reached the Wimbledon final and also there already led in the battle against Novak Djokovic. The Italian, who reached the semi-finals in New York in 2019, will play in the first round against veteran Frenchman Jeremy Chardi. Bertini has won the only meeting between them so far.
Dennis Shapovalov (7, Canada) – Federico Delbonis (Argentina)
Pablo Carnio Busta (9, Spain) – Maxim Kersi (USA)
Hubert Horkac (10, Poland) – Igor Grasimov (Belarus)
Ionic Zinner (13, Italy) – Max Purcell (Australia)
Alex de Minor (14, Australia) – Taylor Fritz (USA)
Gal Monfis (17, France) – Federico Correa (Argentina)
Lorenzo Songo (20, Italy) – Oscar Uta (Germany)
Aslan Kratzev (21, Russia) – Juma Munnar (Spain)
Riley Opalka (22, USA) – Sunw Kwon (South Korea)
Karen Khachanov (25, Russia) – Lloyd Harris (DRAP)
David Gofen (27, Belgium) – Mackenzie McDonald (USA)
Fabio Ponini (28, Italy) – Vasquez Phosphicil (Canada)
Alexander Bublik (31, Kazakhstan) – Yannick Hepmann (Germany)
World No. 1 and Wimbledon champion Ashley Barty failed to make it to the quarterfinals of the United States Championship despite five appearances in the tournament. She is now opening up against veteran Russian Vera Zvonareva who has returned from retirement and hopes to register a big surprise. Zvonareva reached the final in New York in 2010 and will now play against Barty for the first time.
Iga Schbiontek of Poland (7) failed to continue the success after winning the Roland Garros last year and has since been eliminated twice in the quarterfinals of the Grand Slam and once in the quarterfinals (in the Roland Garros). Now there was hope to go further in her third appearance at the United States Championships after her two previous appearances were eliminated in the second and third rounds. That Biontech will play against American Jamie Loeb in the first round.
Carolina Pliskova (4, Czech Republic) – Katherine McNally (USA)
Bianca Andresco (6, Canada) – Victoria Golovic (Switzerland)
Petra Kabitova (10, Czech Republic) – Polona Herzog (Slovenia)
Belinda Bencic (11, Switzerland) – Aranche Ross (Netherlands)
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (14, Russia) – Alison Risk (USA)
Maria Skari (17, Greece) – Marta Kostyuk (Ukraine)
Carolina Mohova (22, Czech Republic) – Sara Suribes Turmo (Spain)
Jessica Pagola (23, USA) – Anastasia Potapova (Russia)
Paula Badusa (24, Spain) – Alison van Oitbank (Belgium)
Annette Contebyte (28, Estonia) – Samantha Stosur (Australia)
Veronica Kodermatova (29, Russia) – Sorana Kirsta (Romania)
Petra Martic (30, Croatia) Dalma Galpi (Hungary)