The talking points ahead of the final major of the year 🗽

The final major of the year is here. With the main draw not even underway at Flushing Meadows the stories coming out have been pretty big.

Serena v Maria

Where do I start? First round at the US Open where they’ve never played before we have two of the greatest battling it out.

Serena leads the H2H at 19-2 and the two haven’t played since Melbourne in 2016.

Read more about the match-up and other interesting round one clashes below;

All Eyes On…

Amanda Anisimova

On this piece I wrote here (below) during Cincinnati I spoke about some Americans to watch out for in New York.

Kenin, Anisimova, Fritz, Gauff & McNally; American’s looking to make a mark in New York!

The main player I spoke about was Amanda Anisimova. The 17 year old has had some great results this year and stunned Halep at Roland Garros however it is very sad to learn that her father and coach was found dead days before the tournament and she will miss the Championships this year.

Thoughts go out to her and her family.

Welcome back!

A few players are back in action in New York.

Hyeon Chung recently returned from his on-going back problem and has been playing Challenger tennis winning the title in Chengdu and has won 11 of his 13 matches with one withdrawal and came through qualifying pretty comfortably.

Thanasi Kokkinakis is also back in action. The Australian who has had plenty of injury problems during his career has been awarded a wildcard.

Nicole Gibbs is also back which is fantastic to see! The American was diagnosed with cancer in the mouth on a routine visit to the dentist and had to take quite some time off tennis but three wins in qualifying and the American is back to face Simona Halep in round one.

Kamau Murray is back with Sloane…

A story that hit the headlines the other day.

Kamau Murray is back in action with Sloane Stephens. Monica Puig is a bit shocked as she found out via Twitter her coach is now back with Sloane…

Kamau was on the team when Sloane won the title in 2017!

Monica Puig finds out via Tweet that her coach (Kamau Murray) and Sloane Stephens are back together days after he said he couldn’t join her in New York…

No Andy…

News from a little while back but Andy Murray opted out of doubles as the focus is now on singles campaign.

The Brit has been adding tournaments to his schedule and on Monday will be instead playing in the Rafael Nadal Open Challenger at his Academy in Mallorca.

Who is missing?

Kevin Anderson and Juan Martin Del Potro are missing on the men’s side of the draw.

As well as Anisimova on the women’s draw there is also no Cici Bellis, Dominika Cibulkova, Anna Karolina Schmiedlova or Marketa Vondrousova who made the semi-finals at Roland Garros.

Links…

US Open champion five years running but not since 2008, so is just Cincinnati enough preparation?

ESPN’s “Serena vs The Umpire” documentary is poorly (strategically) timed but still outlines an issue in the sport and maybe in Serena’s team?

Is a lack of exposure to best of five sets scenario in men’s tennis a problem for upcoming stars?

Cincinnati talking points; Keys, Kuznetsova, Kenin, Osaka & others…

Daniil Medvedev; 20 days, 18 matches, 15 wins, 1 title & a US Open contender? 🧐

Who’s preparations for Flushing Meadows have been far from ideal?

Even with the title win in Montreal I can’t see Rafael Nadal winning in New York

Grigor Dimitrov’s three words that still matter 12 months on as he falls outside the top 70 for the first time in 7 years!

A tough few months but now the focus is on having fun again for Naomi Osaka!

Maria Sharapova set for Cincinnati return following stint at Piatti Academy

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