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- This time the defending champions of both the men's and women's singles are not playing the US Open.
- 6 women players from top-8 including world number-1 Ashley Barty have withdrawn from the tournament
- Players from Europe, South America and West Asia will be brought to New York on a chartered plane
The Coronavirus Tennis Grand Slam US Open will be played in New York, USA from today. The tournament will be without audience. Players from Europe, South America and West Asia will be flown to New York by chartered plane. This time, the maximum number of 20 Grand Slam winners is Roger Federer of Switzerland and the other 19 Grand Slam champions, Rafael Nadal of Spain will not play. This will be the first time in 21 years that the two giants will not play the tournament.
In his absence, Serbia's World No.1 Novak Djokovic has a chance to win the 18th Grand Slam. Federer played the US Open for the first time in 1999 and Nadal in 2003. Talking about the US Open title, Federer won the first title in 2004 and Nadal in 2010.
Mahesh Bhupathi gave India the first title in 1999.
At the same time, in the tournament, no Indian champion has been able to become an Indian champion for 5 years. Leander Paes won the title in mixed doubles for India in 2015. Mahesh Bhupathi won the US Open title in mixed doubles in 1999 with Japan's Sugiama for the first time for India.
Leander Paes then became the champion in the men's doubles event in 2006, playing alongside Martin Damm of the Czech Republic. Sania Mirza was the third champion for India. He won the final in 2014 in the mixed doubles event with Brazilian Bruno Soares. Three Indian players have won a total of 10 titles so far in their 140-year history.
Indian tennis star Sumit Nagal has got a direct entry to the Grand Slam US Open this time.
For India, Sumit Nagal is going into the tournament for the second time. Their first match will be in the Men's Singles on September 1 against the Bradley Klan of America. Young Indian tennis star Nagal has got a direct entry to the Grand Slam US Open this time. They will play for the first time directly in the main draw. The last time they qualified. Sumit then lost to his dream player Roger Federer in the first round.
Women's and men's singles will not play defending champions
Due to Corona, defending champions Nadal of the Men's Singles and Bianca Andrescu of Canada will not play in the tournament at Womans. Bianca last won the title by defeating Serena Williams of America in the final. At the same time, Nadal won the title for the fourth time by defeating Danil Medvedev of Russia.
6 women players of top-8 will not play in world rankings
At the same time, the top-2 women players in the world rankings have already withdrawn their names. World number-1 Ashley Barty, Romania's world number-2 Simona Halep, number-5 Alina Svitolina, number-6 Bianca Andrescu, number-7 Kiki Bertens and number-8 Belinda Bensis.
Watch these veterans in the tournament
Djokovic may only face Russia's Denil Medvedev, Austria's Dominic Thiem and Greece's Stephanos Sitsipas after Nadal and Federer's withdrawal. At the same time, the world number-9 Serena Williams will be challenged by No. 10 Naomi Osaka, No.-4 Sophia Kainin and No.-3 Carolina Pliskova. Kenin also won the Australian Open this year.
Djokovic is the third highest Grand Slam winner
|The player||Country||Win grand slam||The total|
|Roger Federer||Switzerland||5 US Open, 8 Wimbledon, 6 Australian and 1 French Open||20|
|Rafael Nadal||Spain||4 US Open, 12 French Open, 1 Australian and 2 Wimbledon||19|
|Novak Djokovik||Serbia||3 US Open, 8 Australian Open, 5 Wimbledon and 1 French Open||17|
The tournament was played for the first time in 1881
The tournament was first played in 1881. Mens were then played against singles and doubles. In 1887, women's singles and 1889 doubles debuted for the first time. After this, mixed doubles started in 1892. It was previously known as the US Tennis Tournament. It was later renamed the US Open in 1968.