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No Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal battling injuries and Novak Djokovic may not even be allowed to set foot in New York.

The US Open draw takes place on Friday morning around 3am AEST – with plenty of clouds hanging overhead.

Drawn by women, Serena Williams will be all eyes as she prepares to bid farewell to the game at The Great Run, where her remarkable career comes to life.

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DJOKER doubts

Djokovic has remained steadfast in Europe to pull out of the tournament, hoping for a last-minute policy change from US officials.

In the year The famously unvaccinated Djokovic, who won the last of his three US Open crowns in 2018, has been denied entry to the US after refusing to take a Covid vaccine.

He’s still on the entry list for the tournament – but maybe not tomorrow.

Tennis legend John McEnroe criticized Djokovic’s ban as a “joke”.

“At this point, the epidemic, we’re two and a half years in, I think people in all parts of the world are more aware of it, and the idea that he can’t go here to play here is a joke to me,” McEnroe said.

Ironically, in 2020 and 2021, during the outbreak, Djokovic was allowed to compete in New York, where he was champion in 2011, 2015 and 2018.

The 35-year-old has not played since winning his seventh Wimbledon title last month, which took his Slam record to 21.

He was also hoping to defend his Australian Open title when his controversial vaccination stance forced him out of Melbourne in January.

Just last month, Djokovic said he was “getting ready to play” at the tournament.

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MASON, OHIO - AUGUST 17: Rafael Nadal of Spain walks across the court during his match against Borna Coric of Croatia during the Western &  Southern Open at the Linner Family Tennis Center on August 17, 2022 in Mason, Ohio.  Dylan Buell/Getty Images/FP
MASON, OHIO – AUGUST 17: Rafael Nadal of Spain walks across the court during his match against Borna Coric of Croatia during the Western & Southern Open at the Linner Family Tennis Center on August 17, 2022 in Mason, Ohio. Dylan Buell/Getty Images/FPSource: AFP

Rafa eyes more ‘unforgettable moments’

Rafael Nadal is targeting his fifth US Open and 23rd Grand Slam title in New York starting next week.

19 years after his debut, Nadal, 36, dragged his injury-prone body through tournaments where he won in 2010, 2013, 2017 and 2019, the year he last appeared.

The Spaniard has had to sit out the US Open four times in his career and there are once again doubts about his fitness to survive a grueling fortnight at Flushing Meadows.

Since an abdominal injury forced Nick Kyrgios out of the Wimbledon final, Nadal has played just once – a first-round loss to Borna Coric in Cincinnati.

“I just have to move on and start thinking about the energy the crowd will give me in New York,” said Nadal, who has two of his three Slams of the season at the Australian and French Open.

“It’s a very special place for me, and I love it. They were unforgettable moments, and I try my best every day to be ready for that.”

Nadal played the entire tournament with a pain-killing injection in his leg, but won the 14th French Open in June and got used to defeat.

An added boost for Nadal is the chance to regain the world number one spot against defending champion Daniil Medvedev in the 2019 finals.

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In the year Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates after defeating Daniil Medvedev of Russia during the 2019 US Open men’s singles final at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York, USA, September 8, 2019. (Photo by Don Emmert/AFP)Source: AFP

Williams is ready to say goodbye.

After an impressive 27-year professional career that has established her as one of the greatest players of all time, Serena Williams is preparing to bid farewell to major tennis where it all began.

The 40-year-old sporting icon ended the guessing game about her future earlier this month by saying her retirement was “counting down” with her final Grand Slam at next week’s US Open in New York.

“There comes a time in our lives when we have to decide to go in a different direction,” Williams wrote. When you love something so much, that moment is always hard.

But now the countdown has begun. I need to focus on being a mom, my spiritual goals and finally finding a different, but just as (just as) fun Serena. I look forward to the next few weeks. “

That announcement set the stage for an emotional farewell for Williams, who won her first Grand Slam singles title at age 23 at the 1999 US Open, where she eventually beat Martina Hings.

That victory confirmed what has been clear since her professional debut four years ago: Williams, along with sister Venus, was a rising force in women’s tennis.

In the year In 1999, when she secured her first singles Slam, Williams won the mixed doubles titles at Wimbledon and the US Open in 1998.

In the year In 1999, her singles final victory tied her record for the most of any woman player in the Open era, with her 23 Grand Slam titles second only to Margaret Court’s 24.

While a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam singles title may be beyond her reach next week, Williams has set records that will, against all odds, never be broken.

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Serena Williams returns a shot to Great Britain’s Emma Raducanu during the Western & Southern Open at the Linner Family Tennis Center on August 16, 2022 in Mason, Ohio. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

Williams’ tennis farewell in New York has become the hottest ticket in town. Her retirement announcement caused controversy among fans, with the first three nights of the tournament sold out. Secondary ticket markets have seen ticket prices increase by 34 percent since early August. It is doubtful that Williams will be able to extend her Grand Slam career beyond next week’s first round. Williams herself called her 24th Grand Slam title a “fan’s nightmare.”

“I got this,” she said this month. “It’s a good fantasy. But I don’t want some formal, final court moment. I’m terrible at saying the worst goodbye in the world.

All eyes will be on Poland’s world number one Iga Switek in the women’s draw as Williams is not expected to mount a sustained challenge.

The 21-year-old has been in form in women’s tennis earlier this year, with victories at the Qatar Open, Indian Wells and the Miami Open, while she won her second Slam singles title in Stuttgart and Rome on clay. open up.

However, Swiatek has struggled to recapture that dominance in the North American hardcourt season, making early exits at both the Cincinnati Masters and the Canadian Open.

MASON, OHIO – AUGUST 16: Serena Williams of the United States crosses the court before her match against Great Britain’s Emma Raducanu during the Western & Southern Open at the Linner Family Tennis Center on August 16, 2022 in Mason, Ohio. Dylan Buell/Getty Images/FPSource: AFP

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