31 August 2020 20:30
The United States Open that is set to begin in New York on Monday will be far from full strength, extraordinarily far, but will it really be the Asterisk Open? As of Sunday evening, 24 of the top 100 women were missing, including six of the top eight and three of the four reigning Grand Slam singles champions: Ashleigh Barty, Simona Halep and Bianca Andreescu. On the men's side, only 12 of the top 100 were out as of Sunday, but this will be the first Grand Slam tournament of the 21st century without both Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. Stan Wawrinka, a three-time major singles champion, will be missing, too. Andreescu has struggled to stay healthy since winning the Open in New York last year.
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Highlights of the first day at the U.S. Open on Monday (times ET; GMT-4). The Grand Slam, the second this year after Wimbledon was cancelled and the French Open was postponed, is being played without spectators due to the COVID-19 pandemic: 1515 NINTH SEED SCHWARTZMAN UPSET IN FIRST ROUND Argentine ninth seed Diego Schwartzman was knocked out in the first round by Cameron Norrie despite taking the first two sets, with the Briton winning 3-6 4-6 6-2 6-1 7-5 in a marathon encounter that lasted nearly four hours. Both players served poorly with more than 50 break points in the match in total but Norrie smashed 39 winners and saved two match points in the deciding set to claim his biggest win at a Grand Slam. Sixth seed Petra Kvitova dispatched Romanian Irina-Camelia Begu 6-3 6-2 with a powerful display to reach the next round. Serbian Dusan Lajovic, seeded 18th, became the first major casualty of the opening round as he suffered a shock 6-1 4-6 6-4 6-4 defeat by Egor Gerasimov of Belarus.
1213 VONDROUSOVA FIRST TO ADVANCE TO SECOND ROUND The Czech Republic's 12th seed Marketa Vondrousova became the first player to win a match at the U.S. Open this year after she beat Greet Minnen 6-1 6-4. Vondrousova, 21, broke her Belgian opponent four times and fired 16 winners to wrap up the match in 63 minutes to advance to the second round. Play began at Flushing Meadows with the temperature hovering around 22 degrees Celsius (71.6°F) and rain forecast for the evening. Flushing Meadows will play host to the first tennis major since the lifting of coronavirus lockdowns around the world - but not all the usual stars will be in attendance. 1 Djokovic is a three-time winner here in New York Credit: AP:Associated Press Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Ashleigh Barty are amongst the absentees in New York, but Novak Djokovic WILL be battling for the title.
The competition will be held between Monday, August 31 and Sunday, September 13. What TV channel is the US Open on and can I live stream it? Here in the UK, every game of the tournament will be live on Amazon Prime. Most read in Tennis Gossip NOU BEGINNINGS Man City 'to pay Lionel Messi record £450m over five years with £225m BONUS' WHAT A MESS How Messi's lawyers are fighting Barca on two fronts to argue he's a free agent Gossip KEPT HIS GUARD UP Messi dodged Guardiola's Barca farewell and clashed over team selections Gossip DONE DIOL Leeds in talks to sign Dinamo Zagreb defender Josko Gvardiol in £20m deal SIX STARVED Donny van de Beek to be denied favourite shirt number at Man Utd due to Pogba DON AND DUSTED Man Utd plot two more signings to bolster squad after Van de Beek transfer Amazon Prime costs £7.99/month or £79/year and comes with a host of benefits, including shopping, video and books. But you can watch ALL of the US Open for FREE by grabbing a 30-day trial to the service. Grand Slam tennis is back with the US Open set to unfold at Flushing Meadows in New York. Just five months ago part of the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center was transformed into a temporary 350-bed hospital to handle an overflow of patients as COVID-19 cases spiked across the city, then the epicenter of the virus in the United States. US Open draw as Murray gets tough tie, Djokovic learns route to final Now, the venue is ready to host the crown jewel event of American tennis, after the city crushed the COVID-19 curve. "New York City went through hell, but we're coming back stronger," Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a written statement to Reuters. "Hosting the US Open in the very spot we created an emergency field hospital is a testament to the incredible progress New Yorkers have made in the fight against COVID-19." New York has suffered more than 23,000 coronavirus deaths since the start of the outbreak, with more than 236,000 confirmed cases. ALSO SEE: Why is Rafael Nadal not playing at US Open 2020?