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