Little slam

The celebration of the US Open is good news for tennis, but it is not a full return, because it has not achieved a unanimous response from the best rackets


Novak Djokovic was crowned on Saturday in Cincinnati and tied with Rafa Nadal for 35 titles at Masters 1,000. The Spaniard could do nothing to prevent it, because he saw it more than 6,000 kilometers away, after having decided not to cross the pond to play in the American mini-tour that will continue from Monday with the US Open. The pandemic is still hitting hard and not everyone feels comfortable away from its domain. This same Sunday the dismissal of Benoît Paire was announced for a positive with coronavirus in New York. The pathogen makes no distinctions. Djokovic, who has already passed the illness after his crazy participation in the Adria Tour, has been able to travel more relaxed. It's in your right. As are those who have preferred to stay at home while waiting for favorable times.

The celebrations of the US Open and its opening act Cincinnati are good news for tennis, which is returning to the highest international level, but it is not a full return, because it has not achieved a unanimous response from the best rackets. This weekend we were able to witness the Belgian Grand Prix of Formula 1 and the start of the Tour de France, with the presence of the stars of their sports. It won't be like that at Flushing Meadows. Between resignations and injuries, the men's draw will be missing three top-10 players and nine top-50 players, including Nadal, Federer and Wawrinka. In the women's category, the clean has been much higher, with six casualties in the top-10 and thirteen in the top-50, among them the current champion, Andreescu, and the first two of the world rankings, Barty and Halep. Against this background, the winners of the US Open 2020 will inevitably appear with an artery in the list of winners. Those winners could argue that they are not to blame for the absences of others. And they would be right. But no one is aware that this Grand Slam of the pandemic has become a Little Slam.

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