US Open 2021 preview: All the info before New York
The 2021 US Open is coming very soon – with fans set to return in New York, let’s take a look at your need-to-know info before the tournament.
With defending champion Dominic Thiem being ruled out due to a wrist injury, will Novak Djokovic complete the Calendar Grand Slam, or is it time for Daniil Medvedev, Alexander Zverev or Stefanos Tsitsipas to win their maiden Major titles? Naomi Osaka returns to New York looking to win their third US Open title, but many challengers are waiting in the wings.
The US Open main draws begin on 30th August, with the women’s final set to take place on 11th September while the men’s final will be played on 12th September.
If you want to watch all the action from New York, please refer to our watch guide.
Where is the event held?
New York, America.
Ranking points breakdown, Singles
Can I buy tickets for the tournament?
Tickets are still available for purchase at the US Open Official Ticket Office. Get them quick!
How can I follow the tournament?
You can follow all the breaking news, results, commentary and more with Tennishead. Just head over to our US Open News section every day. Or you can try the tournament on the official website, the official Twitter, the official ATP Tour Twitter or the official WTA Tour Twitter.
Three-time US Open champion Novak Djokovic is on course to become the first male player since Rod Laver in 1969 to win all four Majors in the same year. Tournament success here would also see the world number one move to 21 Grand Slams, ahead of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
The women’s draw will be highly intriguing, Naomi Osaka is the slight favourite being defending champion, however Ashleigh Barty played a stunning grass-court season to win her first Wimbledon title and she will lead the charge of competitors.
Alexander Zverev defeated Djokovic at Tokyo Olympics, before going on to win a deserved gold medal. The German led last years US Open final by two sets to love before Dominic Thiem pulled off a stunning comeback to claim his maiden Major title.
Daniil Medvedev reached the final at Australian Open earlier this year, losing in straight sets to Djokovic. The Russian dominated in Toronto earlier this month, before being defeated by compatriot Andrey Rublev in Cincinnati semi-finals. With his experience and skill on hard-courts, expect to see him go close at this event.
Unfortunately, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Dominic Thiem have all withdrawn from the event due to injury.
The women’s draw is stacked as usual. With a great mix between youth and experience, we are guaranteed to have some thrilling matches and potentially another ‘outsider’ lifting the title as we had in Barbora Krejcikova in Paris.
US Open Men’s draw
US Open Women’s draw
Players to look out for
A number of male players could threaten Djokovic at this years tournament.
Matteo Berrettini blasted his way to a Wimbledon final, but has since struggled with injury which may hamper his chances in New York.
Andrey Rublev is always a threat when at his brutal best, the Russian played some outstanding tennis in Cincinnati to prepare himself for US Open.
Finally, could one of the Canadian sensations Denis Shapovalov or Felix Auger-Aliassime win their first Grand Slam titles?
Serena Williams has been forced to withdraw from US Open due to a hamstring injury, while Sofia Kenin has tested positive for Covid a few days before the event starts.
2019 champion Bianca Andreescu will hope she can re-discover the form that saw her light up the courts for a special two week. The Canadian has struggled with a number of injuries since, potentially a return to New York with the backing of a vocal crowd can inspire some winning performances.
Aryna Sabalenka continues to rise the rankings and improve her Grand Slam results. The Belarusian reached her first Wimbledon semi-final, before losing a tight contest against Karolina Pliskova. She has the potential to blast her way past any opponent in the world, particularly on a quick hard court.
Coco Gauff will receive huge support from the home crowd and is a genuine title contender. The 17-year-old burst onto the scene in 2019 reaching Wimbledon last 16, before defeating Naomi Osaka at 2020 Australian Open. Gauff has added power to her athleticism, skill and speed which makes her a real threat to lift the title.
- Novak Djokovic 2. Daniil Medvedev 3. Stefanos Tsitsipas 4. Alexander Zverev 5. Andrey Rublev 6. Matteo Berrettini 7. Denis Shapovalov 8. Casper Ruud 9. Pablo Carreno-Busta 10. Hubert Hurkacz
1. Ashleigh Barty 2. Aryna Sabalenka 3. Naomi Osaka 4. Karolina Pliskova 5. Elina Svitolina 6. Bianca Andreescu 7. Iga Swiatek 8. Barbora Krejcikova 9. Garbine Muguruza 10. Petra Kvitova
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