Organisers of the ATP and WTA Western and Southern Open, sometimes performed in Cincinnati however moved to New York this yr as a result of coronavirus pandemic, introduced preliminary singles entry lists Wednesday.
The occasion might be staged August 20-28 in a quarantine surroundings with out spectators on the Nationwide Tennis Middle in Flushing Meadows, the place the Grand Slam hardcourt showdown would start August 31 in related situations.
Djokovic, the reigning Wimbledon and Australian Open champion, and Nadal, the defending US and French Open champion, had been involved concerning the knowledge of staging the US Open throughout a widespread COVID-19 outbreak throughout the US.
The New York space has been capable of preserve instances at a comparatively low stage since spiking in March and April whereas areas equivalent to Florida, Texas and California have change into hotspots.
The one top-10 males’s gamers not on the entry listing had been injured Swiss star Roger Federer, the world quantity 4 behind Austrian Dominic Thiem, and France’s ninth-ranked Gael Monfils.
It additionally consists of defending Western and Southern champion Daniil Medvedev, the world quantity 5 from Russia.
Federer owns a document 20 Grand Slam males’s singles crowns whereas Nadal has captured 19 and Djokovic gained his 17th earlier this yr in Melbourne.
Williams, who turns 39 in September, has gained 23 Grand Slam singles titles, one shy of Margaret Courtroom’s all-time document. She gave beginning to a daughter in 2017 and has gone 0-Four in Slam finals since, dropping within the 2018 and 2019 US Open and Wimbledon finals.
Ninth-ranked Williams mentioned she was enjoying within the US Open on the day the US Tennis Affiliation introduced it will stage the occasion. She has additionally entered a WTA tuneup match in early August at Lexington, Kentucky.
Williams final gained a Grand Slam singles title on the 2017 Australian Open.
The one ladies among the many WTA’s prime six on the listing are Czech Karolina Pliskova, who ranks third, and world quantity 4 Sofia Kenin, the reigning Australian Open champion from the US.
Absent are Australia’s top-ranked Ashleigh Barty, the reigning French Open champion, and world quantity two Simona Halep of Romania, the present Wimbledon champion, plus fifth-rated Elina Svitolina of Ukraine and final yr’s US Open champion, Canada’s sixth-ranked Bianca Andreescu.
The ladies’s subject additionally consists of 16-year-old Coco Gauff and defending Western and Southern champion Madison Keys, each Individuals.
In all, 40 of the 43 top-ranked males are entered whereas solely 39 of the highest 53 plan to play on the ladies’s facet.