Australian tennis eyes have been laser-focused on Nick Kyrgios since Ash Batty retired – for better or worse.
After an impressive run to the Wimbledon final unseeded, the Canberran heads to the US Open, the final Slam of the year, hoping to go one better in New York.
The only man who could have stopped him in London was Novak Djokovic, who was greatly helped by his opposition to life-saving and safe coronavirus vaccines, which are not allowed in the United States.
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Of course, Djokovic is not the reigning champion, having ended his bid for a calendar slam last year with Daniil Medvedev; And Kyrgios will need to beat Medvedev in the fourth round if he is to claim his first loss.
Interestingly, Medvedev is one of three men’s singles champions – 2020 champion Dominic Thiem did not play in the event in 2021, while 2019 winner Rafael Nadal missed the last two editions.
Outside of the preferred grass court (although he’s not in strong form), Kyrgios is given a 3.4 percent chance of winning the US Open by the highly regarded website Tennis Abstract.
This puts him behind superstar Carlos Alcaraz (18.2%), Nadal (14.2%), Medvedev (13.7%), Yannick Siner (11.4%), Stefanos Tsitsipas (8.6%), Cameron Norrie (4.7%), Taylor Fritz (10th place). . 4.6%), Casper Ruud (3.6%) and Andrey Rublev (3.5%).
Considering he’s the 23rd seed, an upset could pave the way for Medvedev significantly.
And as if Kyrgios didn’t get enough attention, he has drawn up a mouth-watering first-round match against doubles partner, Australian Open champion and best friend Thanasi Kokkinakis – which is roughly 10 in Australian friendly time. or Tuesday 11am AEST.
Kyrgios, charged with common assault against his ex-girlfriend, was recently adjourned until October 4 in a Canberra court. He faces a maximum of two years in prison.
Meanwhile, the greatest player of all time on the women’s side is retiring. Nothing big or anything.
Get a full look at Serena Williams’ final Grand Slam tournament and more in our US Open finals guide.
When are we open?
The final tennis grand slam of the season, the US Open, starts at 1pm AEST on Tuesday 30 August.
Most days TV coverage is from 1am to 1pm AEST and will be broadcast mainly on 9Gem, although Nine may choose to show major games during the tournament on its main channel.
The women’s final will be held on the morning of Sunday, September 11, followed by the men’s final on the morning of September 12.
What is US Open prize money?
The men’s and women’s U.S. Open championships claim $3.72 million, which doubles the prize package of runner-up winners. Making the semifinals will earn you $1.01 million.
The men’s and women’s doubles champions will earn $986,240, as eighth seeds Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis hope to repeat their run to Australian Open glory.
We unlock seeds and favorites.
1. Daniil Medvedev (Russia)
2. Rafael Nadal (Spain)
3. Carlos Alcaraz (Spain)
4. Stephen Tsitsipas (Greece)
5. Casper Ruud (Norway)
6. Felix Auger-Aliasime (Canada)
7. Cameron Norrie (United Kingdom)
8. Hubert Hurkach (Poland)
9. Andrey Rublev (Russia)
10. Taylor Fritz (USA)
18. Alex De Minaur (Australia)
23. Nick Kyrgios (Australia)
1. Each Swiatek (Poland)
2. Annette Kontavet (Estonia)
3. Maria Sakkari (Greece)
4. Paula Badosa (Spain)
5. Ons Jaber (Tunisia)
6. Aryna Sabalenka (Belarus)
7. Simona Halep (Romania)
8. Jessica Pegula (USA)
9. Garbine Muguruza (Spain)
10. Daria Kasatkina (Russia)
1st round of OCCs.
Nick Kyrgios (23) vs Thanasi Kokkinakis
Alex De Minaur (18) vs Filip Krajinovic
Jordan Thompson vs Lorenzo Sonego
John Millman vs Emilio Nava
James Duckworth vs Chris O’Connell
Alexei Popyrin vs Tseng Chun-hsin
Jason Kubler vs Mikael Ymer
Rinky Hijikata vs Rafael Nadal (2)
Jaimee Fourlis vs Qualifier
Daria Saville vs Elena-Gabriela Ruse
Ajala Tomljanovic vs Karolina Muchova
Competition preview via AFP
Serena Williams will take center stage at the US Open on Monday (US time) as the 23-time Grand Slam winner prepares to bid an emotional farewell to tennis.
After announcing the retirement countdown earlier this month, Williams will make her final appearance at a Grand Slam singles event on the court at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing Meadows.
The 40-year-old sports and culture icon She won her first Grand Slam title at the same venue in 1999 as a 17-year-old.
Williams will face world number 80 Danka Kovinic of Montenegro in Monday’s sold-out evening session at 1:00pm (2300 GMT).
Whether Williams can extend her US Open campaign beyond that match remains to be seen.
Williams, who last played at the Cincinnati Masters earlier this month, was beaten 6-4, 6-0 by Britain’s Emma Raducanu – who herself lost to Kovinic at the Australian Open in January.
Win or lose Monday, Williams won’t be out of the U.S. Open straight away.
On Saturday, organizers confirmed that she and older sister Venus Williams have been flagged for the women’s doubles competition, which starts on Wednesday.
It will be the first time the Williams sisters have played doubles since 2018, a partnership that has produced 14 Grand Slam titles and three Olympic gold medals.
Every time Serena Williams steps off the stage, she does so after a career in which she has left a lasting legacy on her sport.
“I think she’s the biggest thing in the sport,” Japan’s Naomi Osaka said on Saturday.
“Just watching her play is truly an honor. She’s giving us a chance to follow her more.”
In the women’s playoff, Poland’s world number one Iga Swiatek will be aiming for her second Grand Slam title of 2022.
The French Open champion won six straight tournaments earlier this season but has struggled to recapture that dominance during the North American hardcourt swing, making early exits at both the Cincinnati Masters and the Canadian Open.
Swiatek begins her US Open campaign against Italy’s Jasmine Paolini on Tuesday.
In his men’s counterpart, Spanish great Rafael Nadal is chasing his fifth US Open crown and 23rd Grand Slam winner Novak Djokovic in a draw.
Djokovic has been denied entry to the US after refusing to get vaccinated against Covid-19, putting him in violation of the US government’s travel ban on foreign visitors.
With Djokovic out of the picture, Nadal’s biggest challenger could be his own injury-prone body over the next two weeks.
The Spaniard has had to sit out the US Open four times in his career and there are once again doubts about his physical ability to survive a grueling two weeks at Flushing Meadows.
Nadal has played just once since an abdominal injury forced him out of the semifinals against Nick Kyrgios at Wimbledon — his first loss to Borna Coric in Cincinnati.
Nadal admitted on Friday in Cincinnati that he was expecting an injury but has been training hard in the build-up to the US Open.
“In Cincinnati, I took it very easy in practice as well. The match, I try my best without putting all my effort on the serve,” Nadal said.
“I hope to be ready for action. That’s all I can say.”
Nadal begins his US Open campaign against Australia’s Rinky Hijikata on Tuesday (US time).