record bonuses, loss of Novak Djokovic, farewell to Serena Williams … What you need to know about the Grand Slam tournament

After a two-year interruption due to Covid-19, the US Open returns to its former life, from Monday August 29 to Sunday September 11. PMany highlights will mark the final Grand Slam of the season, starting with what will be Serena Williams’ last dance. the The women’s chart is more open than before, while for men, Daniel Medvedev is the favorite. Overview of what you need to know before the battle erupts at Flushing Meadows.

Favorite Medvedev, Djokovic lost

The number 1 in the world, Daniil Medvedev is in the courts of New York to defend his title. He had to face tough competition. In front of him, Rafael Nadal (3rd in ATP), quadruple winner of the tournament, Stefanos Tsitsipas (5th) or Carlos Alcaraz (4th) will be serious contenders for the title.

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On the other hand, Novak Djokovic (6th), last season’s finalist, will not participate in the US Open. The Serb, who was not vaccinated against Covid-19, said on Thursday, August 25, that he cannot travel to the United States. Alexander Zverev, world number 2, is still recovering at Roland-Garros.

On the women’s side, the outcome of the tournament is uncertain and there are many players who can win the title. The world number 1, the Polish Iga Swiatek, dreams of the first coronation at the US Open. The latter never got past the round of 16. Defending champion, Emma Raducanu (11th), is also one of the favorites along with Tunisian Ons Jabeur (5th), Greek Maria Sakkari (3rd) and the Spanish Paula Badosa (4th). Finally, thea French Caroline Garcia (17th) hopes to surf her momentum, after her WTA 1000 title in Cincinnati.

The French to run

Seven players and four French players have already entered the main draw of the US Open. Among the Blues, Benjamin Bonzi (50th), Arthur Rinderknech (58th), Adrian Mannarino (65th), Hugo Gaston (71st), Quentin Halys (76th), Richard Gasquet (91st) and Benoit Paire (164th) will defend their chance at Flushing Meadows.

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Among the women, Caroline Garcia (17th), Alizé Cornet (37th), Diane Parry (81st) and Océane Dodin (99th) are also in the main draw.

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Farewell to Serena Williams?

One last lap and then go? The reigning queen of her US Open reign, Serena Williams may be nearing her final lap in New York. At the age of 40, the American with 23 Grand Slams announced that he bowed out. Tennis legend inherited in the draw of Montenegrin Danka Kovinic, 80th in the world, for the first round. The rest of her career seems to be full of pitfalls: she will meet the Estonian Anett Kontaveit (n°2) in the second round in a part of the table that also includes Ons Jabeur (n°5) and Daria Kasatkina (n°10 ).

A bonus record

This is a record that is repeated every year. The organization of the US Open announced that a prize money of almost 60 million dollars will be given to the players. A growing endowment, never before seen in a Grand Slam. Last year, the lifting of the American Grand Slam reached a record amount, amounting to 57.5 million dollars. The winner and runner-up will each win $2.6 million. This increase is explained by the desire to pay more to the players who were eliminated in the early rounds of the tournament.

Broadcast schedules

The US Open will be broadcast on Eurosport. The morning games take place from 5 pm (French time) but you have to stay until 1 am – jet lag obliges – to follow the evening sessions.

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