Half Grand Slam

Novak Djokovic starts as a favorite in a closed-door US Open, without Nadal and marked by important losses in the two individual frames with 14 Spaniards.


This Monday (17:00, Eurosport) in New York kicks off a US Open marked by the coronavirus pandemic. Doubly. On the one hand, it will be a tournament without an audience and under strict sanitary measures to prevent the spread of the disease in the bubble set up by the USTA ("There is no safer place in the world," says Thiem). And contrary to what happened in other sports that resumed activity with all their stars, Queens are not all the best. It can be said that it is a half Grand Slam.

In the men's team, Novak Djokovic, with COVID-19 overcome, is the great favorite in the absence of Nadal, the current champion who resigned as a precaution, and Federer, convalescing from a knee operation. Nor will figures like Monfils, Fognini, Wawrinka and Kirgios play. Nishikori and Paire are out for having tested positive for the condition that has the world in check. The Frenchman's was confirmed yesterday and forced his compatriots into mandatory isolation at the hotel, about 40 minutes from Flushing Meadows. The loss of the 17th favorite favored the entry of a Spaniard, Marcel Granollers, who plays today against the Polish Majchrzak. Thus, Djokovic, undefeated this year (23-0) and recently won the Cincinnati Masters, has at hand to add his 18th great and harass Nadal (19) and Federer (20). The Balkan (debuts at 01:00, almost without a break, against the Bosnian Dzumhur), Cilic and Andy Murray, who returns to play a Slam, are the only ones who have won any on the payroll of this US Open that will have 20 debutants .

14 Spaniards

Apart from Granollers, there will be nine other Spaniards in the ATP tournament: Martínez, Davidovich, Andújar, Carreño and Ramos will perform on the first day and Bautista, Munar, Carballés and Feliciano will do so on Tuesday.

In the WTA table, the casualties are even more sensitive. Six of the top 10 are missing, including number one, Barty, and number two, Halep. Nor is the current champion, Andreescu. Serena Williams will try again to equal the 24 Grand Slam titles of Court and Muguruza is the Spanish trump card. Starts on Tuesday as Bolsava and Sorribes. This Monday Badosa does it.

And as a backdrop, the schism mounted by Djokovic and his new players association (PTPA) on the sidelines of ATP, which ignores women and was born with a meeting and a photo in which it is not seen, far from it, to all tennis players.

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