US OPEN, Flushing Meadows, NY, USA, GRAND SLAM (Men)
DATE: August 29 – September 11, 2016
PRIZE MONEY: $21,862,744
FIELD SIZE: 128
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Novak Djokovic
1. Novak Djokovic, Serbia
2. Andy Murray, Great Britain
3. Stan Wawrinka, Switzerland
4. Rafael Nadal, Spain
5. Milos Raonic, Canada
6. Kei Nishikori, Japan
7. Marin Cilic, Croatia
8. Dominic Thiem, Austria
9. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, France
10. Gael Monfils, France
11. David Ferrer, Spain
12. David Goffin, Belgium
13. Richard Gasquet, France
14. Nick Kyrgios, Australia
15. Roberto Bautista Agut, Spain
16. Feliciano Lopez, Spain
17. Bernard Tomic, Australia
18. Pablo Cuevas, Uruguay
19. Steve Johnson, United States
20. John Isner, United States
21. Ivo Karlovic, Croatia
22. Grigor Dimitrov, Bulgaria
23. Kevin Anderson, South Africa
24. Lucas Pouille, France
25. Philipp Kohlschreiber, Germany
26. Jack Sock, United States
27. Alexander Zverev, Germany
28. Martin Klizan, Slovakia
29. Sam Querrey, United States
30. Gilles Simon, France
31. Albert Ramos-Vinolas, Spain
32. Benoit Paire, France
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The US Open Tennis Championships is a hardcourt tennis tournament that began life as the U.S. National Championship in 1881.
The venue for the championship is the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows–Corona Park, Queens, New York City. It’s former home was the Forest Hills complex.
The tournament consists of men’s and women’s singles, men’s and women’s doubles, and mixed doubles, with additional tournaments for senior, junior, and wheelchair players.
The US Open is the only Grand Slam that employs tiebreakers in every set of a match. For the other three Grand Slam events.
Photo: Kiu Kaffir/Discuss.Tennis
Novak Djokovic, the defending champion and world number one heads the field in Flushing Meadows. Djokovic will be the favourite entering the tournament, although perhaps not the overwhelming favourite in light of recent issues with his wrist. The Serb was surprised early in the Olympics by Juan Del Potro and hasn’t played since.
Del Potro, who went on to secure the silver medal in Rio will be unseeded in New York and a dangerous floater in the draw.
Britain’s Andy Murray is the in-form player entering 2016’s final major. Murray won 22 matches on the spin, securing titles at Queens and Wimbledon before successfully defending his Olympic title. He was one match away from winning Cincinnati before fatigue, and an inspired Marin Cilic broke his streak. The 2012 champion will be looking to secure his fourth career major.
Rafael Nadal‘s highly documented wrist problems combined with an intensive physical programme at the Olympics mean he isn’t coming into the US Open in optimum shape. However, The 2010 and 2013 winner has surprised people on many occasions in the past and even having in him in the draw adds to the tournament’s lustre.
Marin Cilic enjoyed a solid Wimbledon campaign and looked in great form when defeating Murray in the Cincinnati Masters final. The New York surface will favour Cilic’s game and the 2014 champion has the potential to make another great run.
Kei Nishikori has made the finals here before in 2014, although the longer match format of the grand slam events can take a cumulative toll on the Japanese. He’s had a consistent 2016 however, and shouldn’t be overlooked.
Milos Raonic and Gael Monfils are also entering the Open on the back of a good year and will be considered dark horses to make an impression at the business end of proceedings.
Young guns, Dominic Thiem and Alexander Zverev have both had good years. Thiem was on a tear earlier in the season before fatigue and injury niggles set in. He’s rested coming into New York and will look to recapture his early season form.
2016 has been a breakout year for Zverev and while it’s probably too early to consider him as a genuine grand slam contender, he will be one to watch.
Roger Federer is the marquee name missing from the draw. Federer closed the curtain on his 2016 campaign to focus on an intensive knee rehabilitation programme. He will next be in action at the Hopman Cup in January 2017.
About New York
To get beyond the obvious about New York, let me offer you that New York loves a parade. And the best one during the US Open is the West Indian Day Parade on Labor Day. It is our Carnival, held in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. Elaborate costumes and music feature. The parade attracts literally millions annually. Lesser known, but with a quirky and loyal following is the Mermaid Parade in Coney Island. And of course, we offer a ticker-tape parade to celebrate our heroes. The last one New York hosted was for the US Women’s Soccer team when they won the World Cup.
The skyline of Manhattan is iconic, of course, but there are a few new additions: the Freedom Tower, and the Calatrava metro station.