The last Grand Slam of professional tennis is here, as the U.S. Open begins on Monday. This tournament will determine who will lead the ATP rankings as 2022 comes to a close in tennis. Rafael Nadal, Casper Ruud, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Carlos Alcaraz and Daniil Medvedev all have a chance to sit at #1 at the end of the tournament. On Monday, the U.S. Open ranking points from 2021 will be taken out of players’ totals, which means that Nadal will move into the top spot with two Grand Slam titles in 2022. However, the world #3, Medvedev, will only be 745 points back. The second-ranked player, Alexander Zverev, is not playing in the U.S. Open. Ruud, Tsitsipas and Alcaraz could all jump to #1 as well, but they would have to at least reach the finals. This means that the tennis should be thrilling in the men’s draw. Let’s take a closer look at some headlines that should help you with your US Open betting choices.
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Who is sitting out Flushing Meadows?
Novak Djokovic will not take the court at the U.S. Open because he remains unvaccinated for COVID-19. The U.S. government does not allow unvaccinated citizens of other countries to enter the nation’s borders, which means that he will not be able to play in the United States until the government changes its rules or Djokovic gets the vaccination. He remained registered for the tournament in the hopes that the government would make a change until Thursday, when he officially withdrew.
Alexander Zverev is also out, but for more conventional reasons. He suffered a painful ankle injury at the French Open while playing Rafael Nadal, and he has withdrawn from every tournament that he has attempted to play since then. The hope is that he will recover in time for the Australian Open in early 2023.
Which top players in the men’s draw should we look at?
Daniil Medvedev had to miss Wimbledon after the All England Club decided to ban players from Russia and Belorussia because of the war that Russia continues to wage in Ukraine, but he returns to defend his 2021 title at the U.S. Open. He made it to the fourth round of the French Open, and then he made the finals of the Libema Open and the Halle Open. He took his first title of 2022 at the Los Cabos Open in August.
Rafael Nadal is a bit of an enigma coming in after winning the Australian Open and the French Open. After the French Open ended, he said that he had had to play with a numb foot due to injections for a degenerative foot condition. He made the semifinals at Wimbledon but had to withdraw with an abdominal injury, and he got bounced from the Cincinnati Open in the first round. He has not played in the U.S. Open since 2019, when he won the whole thing.
Nick Kyrgios comes in as a seeded player in a Grand Slam for the first time since 2020. He was ranked #137 in the world in February – and since then he has leapt up 100 spots. After a dismal Australian Open. He has advanced to two finals this year, winning one to get his seventh championship. If points had been distributed at Wimbledon, he would be in the top 20, because he made it all the way to the final, where he fell to Djokovic.
Taylor Fritz made it to the quarterfinals at Wimbledon, the farthest he has advanced in any Grand Slam in his career. Nadal ended his run – and then had to withdraw from the next round. He is the highest ranked U.S. player in the field, which means that ther will be a raucous crowd on his side at Flushing Meadows.
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