US Open Tennis 2020 Players: Thirteen Grand Slam singles champions and nine of the Top 10 women in the world headline the initial women’s singles entry list for the 2020 US Open, to be played Aug. 31-Sept. 13 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y.
The field is led by No. 2 Simona Halep, a two-time Grand Slam champion; No. 3 Karolina Pliskova; No. 4 Sofia Kenin, the 2020 Australian Open champion; No. 5 Elina Svitolina; No. 6 Bianca Andreescu, the defending US Open women’s singles champion; No. 7 Kiki Bertens; No. 8 Belinda Bencic; No. 9 Serena Williams, a six-time US Open and 23-time Grand Slam champion; and No. 10 Naomi Osaka, the 2018 US Open and two-time Grand Slam champion.
Eight additional Grand Slam champions are entered into the field, including: No. 12 Petra Kvitova, a two-time Grand Slam champion; No. 16 Garbiñe Muguruza, a two-time Grand Slam champion; No. 21 Angelique Kerber, the 2016 US Open and two-time Grand Slam champion; No. 32 Svetlana Kuznetsova, the 2004 US Open and two-time Grand Slam champion; No. 37 Sloane Stephens, the 2017 US Open champion; No. 41 Jelena Ostapenko, the 2017 French Open champion; No. 58 Victoria Azarenka, a two-time Grand Slam champion; and No. 67 Venus Williams, a two-time US Open and seven-time Grand Slam champion.
The 19 Americans who received direct entry into this year’s tournament are: No. 4 Sofia Kenin, of Pembroke Pines, Fla.; No. 9 Serena Williams, of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.; No. 13 Madison Keys, of Orlando, Fla.; No. 19 Alison Riske, of Pittsburgh; No. 29 Amanda Anisimova, of Aventura, Fla.; No. 37 Sloane Stephens, of Plantation, Fla.; No. 48 Jennifer Brady, of Orlando; No. 51 Danielle Collins, of St. Petersburg, Fla.; No. 52 Coco Gauff, of Delray Beach, Fla.; No. 60 Bernarda Pera, of Tenafly, N.J.; No. 62 Lauren Davis, of Gates Mills, Ohio; No. 67 Venus Williams, of Palm Beach Gardens; No. 73 Taylor Townsend, of Atlanta; No. 79 Madison Brengle, of Dover, Del.; No. 80 Jessica Pegula, of Buffalo, N.Y.; No. 88 Christina McHale, of Teaneck, N.J.; No. 96 Kristie Ahn, of Upper Saddle River, N.J.; No. 113 Shelby Rogers, of Charleston, S.C.; and No. 124 Caty McNally, of Cincinnati.
No. 127 Lizette Cabrera is the last player to receive direct entry into the women’s singles field. Four players entered using protected rankings: No. 78 Vera Zvonareva, a former world No. 2; No. 85 Kateryna Bondarenko; No. 120 Vera Lapko; and No. 123 Tsvetana Pironkova. Eight additional wild-card entries will be selected by the USTA.
The WTA rankings as of Aug. 3 were used to determine the US Open main-draw entry list. Seeds will be determined and announced closer to the start of the event.
The 2020 Mutua Madrid Open has been canceled, organizers said on Monday, as tennis continues to bear the brunt of the chaos caused by the pandemic.
The Mutua Madrid Open was slated to begin on September 12. The final was supposed to be held on September 20, just a week before the start of the French Open.
The decision now leaves a week’s gap between the conclusion of the US Open and the start of the Rome Masters.
Players’ preparations for the French Open are affected and the transition from hard courts to clay courts before the Paris event will also be tougher.
The cancellation will probably see more European players play the US Open. Many European players have shown reluctance to play the US Open due to quarantine rules and had decided to stay in Europe to focus on the clay events.
Without the Madrid Open, many of them could play the US Open as there is no longer an event starting just a day after the New York major and so close to the French Open.
Earlier, Marca reported that the decision of cancellation was communicated to the players by ATP Players’ Council President Novak Djokovic before the official announcement.
Health authorities advised organizers against hosting Madrid Open
Madrid Open organizers had released a statement recently saying that the Spanish health authorities had advised them against hosting the event.
“Due to the increase in cases of COVID-19 in Madrid in recent days, the organisers of the Mutua Madrid Open stated their concerns about being able to stage the tournament free from health complications that might affect the players, fans, and staff,” the statement read.
“In view of this situation, the organisers of the Mutua Madrid Open requested the help of Antonio Zapatero, Deputy Secretary of Public Health, and were advised not to stage the tournament due to the current trend of COVID-19 cases,” the statement added.
Mutua Madrid Open 2020 became the recent casualty on the tennis tour after Spanish health…
“The final decision will fall to Ion Tiriac and Super Slam Ltd., the tournament’s license holder,” it further added.
The organizers had conceded that the situation is worsening day after day and ‘it is impossible to guarantee a positive change in this situation in the coming weeks’.
Rafael Nadal had confirmed his participation in the Madrid Open 2020. He was expected to skip the US Open to focus on the European clay-court swing.
USTA wants to disqualify players who have infected team member, ATP disagrees
In a surprising revelation, Marca reported that the United States Tennis Association (USTA) wants to disqualify players who have COVID-19 infected people on their teams.
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The ATP disagrees with the proposition and is contemplating not giving ranking points to US events if the USTA sticks with the decision.
The USTA will host the Western and Southern Open followed by the US Open later this month, at the same venue.
U.S. Open men’s singles entry list
Top-ranked Novak Djokovic leads the U.S. Open men’s singles entry list, a field that lacks Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
Djokovic, a three-time U.S. Open champion and 17-time Grand Slam singles champion, is three majors behind Federer’s male record and two behind Nadal.
Federer is out of the tournament after undergoing a right knee procedure. Nadal opted not to defend his title due to travel concerns amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Djokovic’s biggest threats should be young players seeking their first major title — Dominic Thiem, Daniil Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Alexander Zverev.
The U.S. Open starts as scheduled Aug. 31 without fans.
For many players ranked outside the Top 100, their financial security hinges entirely on the opportunity to compete in tennis’ most lucrative tournaments, the four Grand Slams. This year, however, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the USTA announced the 2020 US Open will proceed as scheduled, but with several significant changes. Most notably, the tournament has decided to cancel the men’s and women’s qualifying, as well as the mixed doubles tournament. The men’s and women’s doubles draws will be reduced from 64 to 32 teams.
All in all, the cancellation and shrinkage of just the qualifying and doubles will result in a loss of 256 qualifying entries and 64 doubles teams. Needless to say, many lower ranked players struggling to earn a living on the exceedingly challenging pro tours are displeased and discouraged.
Players have been sounding off on social media voicing their displeasure with the lack of concern for their financial well-being. It’s also worth noting that the Western and Southern Open, also taking place at Flushing Meadows in place of its usual home of Mason, Ohio, will hold a qualifying tournament, likely to give the lower ranked US Open competitors who will miss the Masters 1000/WTA Premier main draw cut a chance for more match play.
In his tweet, Mitchell Krueger suggests that the US Open has caved to the demands of top players like Novak Djokovic, Alexander Zverev, and Dominic Thiem, who expressed concerns over playing a Grand Slam without a full entourage. The wheelchair tennis has also been cancelled, sparking outrage from Dylan Alcott, who won the 2015 and 2018 wheelchair singles titles at Flushing Meadows and is the reigning doubles champion. Alcott called the decision “disgusting discrimination.”
Canadian Gabriela Dabrowski has also weighed in on the tournament’s changes.
“Not having qualifying and a smaller doubles draw increase the lack of parity in tennis. We don’t want to disproportionally move the needle even further, creating a bigger gap between those at the top and those who need the income and opportunity for growth,” Dabrowski said.
Valeria Savinykh, ranked No. 127 in doubles, will surely lose any chance of competing in this year’s US Open.
“It’s complete nonsense,” Savinykh told Tennis.com.“They don’t have any tournaments for us to play. Only like 150 people will be playing and the rest of the tour will not. Ninety percent of the tour won’t have the chance to compete in the tournaments. It’s like they only want the Top 100 to play and the rest of us to stay at home.”
Even Nick Kyrgios (who doesn’t seem keen on playing the 2020 US Open anyway) got in on the action.
Cheers mate, you’ve really looked after the players during this time. Seriously ????????♂️ fk me, how about you have a collaborative effort with us, potato
— Nicholas Kyrgios (@NickKyrgios) June 17, 2020
Fellow Aussie James Duckworth expressed his displeasure with the lack of communication between the ATP and it’s players. A sentiment we’ve seen shared time and time again in the past few years.
The tournament will provide $6.6 million to the ATP and WTA Tours for players who will not get to compete in the event because of the restrictions. How exactly the funds will be allocated has yet to be determined.
Ryan Harrison chimed in with a different stance. “Tennis is a business, and the ATP tour supports the challenger tour financially. The US Open largely contributes to all of the financial backing of the US Challengers. Without the US Open there would likely be no Cincy or Washington, and a massive hit on US challengers for years ahead.”
Jon Wertheim said it best on Wednesday’s edition of Tennis Channel Live, “We’re in a new world here, we’re going to have imperfections and we’re going to have injustices. It’s a fluid situation and we might be in a very different place in 60 days.”