Tennis Update: Djokovic, Federer, Nadal in 2021 US Open List
Posted by: Hilbert Mayer
The 2021 US Open is shaping up to be the most exciting Grand Slam tennis event of the year. The world’s best netters will take part in the two-week tournament. It will kick off on August 30 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. The US Tennis Association released the list of participants. They will compete in the last major event of 2021. These players include Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, and Rafael Nadal. The trio ties in Grand Slam titles won with 20. They are looking for the 21st title that will move them to the top of the charts.
Defending champion Dominic Thiem and past winners Stan Wawrinka and Marin Cilic make up the list. To add, up and coming stars Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsistipas will be heavy competitors. On the women’s side, Australian Ashleigh Barty leads the list of competitors that will take part in the event. She will face the likes of four-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka, 2020 Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin, and 2019 US Open winner Bianca Andreescu.
Others include the former number one ranked player Garbine Muguruza, Simona Halep, Serena Williams, and French Open winner Iga Swiatek. This is good news for US Open tennis betting enthusiasts who want fun watching and placing their bets at their favorite stars all at the same time.
Seeking for the ‘Calendar Grand Slam’
The men’s side will have the ATP Tour’s 103 top-ranked players. They are all aiming for the last Grand Slam event of the year with top seed Djokovic leading the field. The 34-year-old Serbian has won the three Grand Slam events of the year – the Australian Open, French Open, and Wimbledon. He looks to become the third tennis player to complete the “Calendar Grand Slam.”. Only Rod Laver (1962 and 1969) and Don Budge (1938) have chalked up this rare feat. Aside from the Calendar Grand Slam, Djokovic looks to separate himself from fellow greats Federer and Nadal. This is especially in the all-time Grand Slam titles list as the three bunches up at 20 wins. Nadal and Federer are also taking part in the tournament and it will be interesting to see who will be the first 21-time Grand Slam champion in the men’s singles.
The Other Stars
There are other tennis stars who seek to surprise the field and build their own legacy. Defending champion Dominic Thiem will aim for back-to-back while former US Open titlists Marin Cilic and Stan Wawrinka are looking to capture the title anew. Young guns Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitisipas are not far behind as they will try to earn their first Grand Slam crown ever. The list on the men’s side is extremely stacked. 2012 US Open champion Andy Murray was placed as an alternate, meaning he could secure a spot in the event if one of the listed players withdrew from the tournament. Sixteen qualifiers and eight wildcard entries will complete the US Open field.
Formidable Women’s Side
The women’s singles tournament is filling up with superstars with 100 of the top 104 players. This is based on the WTA rankings that are on the entry list. Leading the charge is two-time Grand Slam champion Ashleigh Barty. She follows up her 2019 French Open crown with a Wimbledon title. Barty will be the top seed in the two-week event but she will have a company with Japanese four-time Grand Slam titlist Naomi Osaka and former Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin. Osaka will compete in New York months after sowing controversy in the French Open where she withdrew after the first round after refusing to speak with the media while citing concerns over her mental health.
She receives a fine of USD15,000 for the act and was not able to compete in the Wimbledon. Meanwhile, the Russia-born Kenin will look to better her fourth-round finish last year and secure her second Grand Slam. Fifth-ranked Bianca Andreescu, the 2019 US Open champion, is also on the list. The Canadian hopes to bounce back from a miserable season where she missed the Australian Open due to an injured knee and the Madrid Open in April due to coronavirus disease.
She has not won a tournament this year with the closest being the Miami Open where she finished runner up to Barty. Like Andreescu, eighth-ranked Iga Swiatek looks to secure her second Grand Slam. She aims to move past the third round of the US Open and take home the title. Former world number one netters Garbine Muguruza, Simone Halep, and Serena Williams are also on the list.
The 2021 US Open will be the last Grand Slam tournament for the year but it is not the least. With the COVID-19 pandemic and injuries haunting the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon, the US Open is expected to bring the best tennis stars that are healthy to compete. A healthy field is expected to bring excitement to sports gambling enthusiasts and boost these odds that will give more money to smart bettors.