The US Open has begun: while waiting for Rafa Nadal and Schwartzman, the triumph of Serena Williams has captured all the attention

The US Open has begun: while waiting for Rafa Nadal and Schwartzman, the triumph of Serena Williams has captured all the attention

The US Open will be held from August 30 to September 12 and will feature world tennis stars like Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal in the men’s category and Serena Williams, Ashleigh Barty and Naomi Osaka in its women’s main draw. EFE/John G. Mabanglo/File

The fourth and final Grand Slam of the season got off to a brisk pace. It’s that Diego Schwartzman led the legion of nine argentinian tennis players in which they will play New York a new edition of US Open. The tournament also has the Spaniards as its main attraction Raphael Nadalalthough it will not have Serbian Novak Djokovic and will mark the farewell to the ladies of the American champion Serena Williams.

The competition that will be played in the complex Billie Jean King National Tennis, in the New York neighborhood of Queenon a concrete surface, will have only one member of the big three: Rafael Nadalrecord holder of 22 Grand Slam titlessince they will not be Absentwho won 21, and neither did the Swiss Roger Federerthird with 20.

The course of the Spaniards (3) will start against the Australians Rinky Hijikata (198) and as the second seed hopes to reach the final of a tournament he has won four times (2010, 2013, 2017 and 2019) for a hypothetical crossover with whoever reigns on the other side of the table , the Russian Daniel Medvedev (1), defender of the title and who will start his campaign against the American Stefan Kozlov (110).

In the absence of the Serb, who also missed the Australian Open for refusing to be vaccinated against the coronavirus, German is added Alexander Zverev (2), semi-finalist last year and recovering from the injury suffered at Roland Garros.

Rafa will seek a new title in New York.  Photo: Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports
Rafa will seek a new title in New York. Photo: Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports

Among the ladies, the favorite is the Polonaise Each Swiatek (1), who will make his debut against the Italian Jasmine Pauline (57), while the title holder is the Briton Emma Raducanu (11), who will start against the French Alize Cornet (37). In all cases, the focus was on Serena Williams, who will leave tennis at 40 and with 23 Grand Slam titles in his backpack. The six-time US Open winner made his debut with a win over the Montenegrin Danka Kovinic (80), by 6-3 and 6-3.

As for the Argentines, the New York Grand Slam lifted the curtain this Monday and in total there will be nine racquets, seven who entered directly and two who overtook the classification.

The tournament will mark the retirement of a legend.  Photo: REUTERS/Cole Burston
The tournament will mark the retirement of a legend. Photo: REUTERS/Cole Burston

In this sense, Schwartzman they add up Francis Cerundolo, Sebastián Baez, Pedro Cachín, Federico Coria, Tomás Etcheverry, Federico Deblonis and Facundo Bagnisthe last two came out of the “qualy”, plus the rosarina Nadia Podoroska, currently in box 190 but with a protected classification for having been injured for almost an entire year.

The first to jump onto the field was Cerundolo (27 years old), champion this year in ththe Swedish ATP of Bastad, which started with a 7-5, 6-3, 6-3 loss to the British Andy Murray (49), former world number one and winner of the US Open and 2012.

The other was Cordoba cachin (66), in his best season as a professional with four Challenger tournaments (Madrid, Prague, Todi and Santo Domingo), which beat Slovenian Aljaz Bedene (343), Argentine Open 2018 finalist, by 6-4, 6-3, 5-7, 1-6 and 7-6(10-6). So, in the next round, he will face the American Brandon Holt (298), who beat his compatriot Taylor Fritz (12) by 6-7(3-7), 7-6(7-1), 6-3 and 6-4.

For its part, the Etcheverry platense (86) also fell before the Spaniards Pablo Andujar (92) who beat him 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 and 6-4. While the Santa Fe Bagnis (100), also out of the “qualy”, lost to the American Sebastien Korda (52) for 5-7, 7-6(3), 7-5 and 6-1.

Among the ladies, the rosarina Podoroska (190) couldn’t overcome the difficult start against the Slovak Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (116), who beat her 6-3, 6-2.

El Peque heads the Albiceleste delegation.  Photo: Eric Bolte - USA TODAY Sports
El Peque heads the Albiceleste delegation. Photo: Eric Bolte – USA TODAY Sports

During this time, the little Schwartzman (16), with his access to quarter-finals of the 2017 and 2019 editionswill face in the initial round the American server Jack Sock (108) and if he passes it, the Australian will touch it later Alexei Popyrin (82) or Chinese Chun Hsin Tseng (85).

Baez (37 years old), champion this year of the Portuguese Estoril ATP, will play in the first round against the Spaniards Carlos Alcaraz (4) and if he causes an upset and beats him, he will go after the Dutchman Tallon Greek Railway (46) or Rosario Federico Coria (78).

the azuleno Delbonis (136), after going through the rankings will debut against the local John Isner (48) and if he beats him then he will go against the Dane Holger Rune (32) or German Pierre Gojowczyk (111).

The Mar del Plata man will be in doubles Horace Zeballos with his Catalan partner Marcel Granollers and there will also be other Argentines like Andres Molteni and Maximo Gonzalezin a main draw that will be drawn during the week.

The US Open will distribute a record number of prizes between the ATP and WTA draws with a sum of $60,100,000. The US Open champions, men and women, they will charge $2,600,000figure higher than what was delivered by the three other “majors”: the Australian Open rewarded $2,071,064, Roland Garros $2,290,354 and Wimbledon $2,507,460 of US currency.

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