US Open 2022: record bonuses, Novak Djokovic’s absence, Serena Williams’ farewell… What you need to know about the Grand Slam tournament

US Open 2022: record bonuses, Novak Djokovic's absence, Serena Williams' farewell... What you need to know about the Grand Slam tournament

After two years disrupted by Covid-19, the US Open returns to its former life, from Monday, August 29 to Sunday, September 11. PSeveral highlights will mark the final Grand Slam of the season, beginning with what could be Serena Williams’ last dance. the the women’s table is more open than ever, while for men, Daniil Medvedev is the favourite. Overview of what you need to know before hostilities break out in Flushing Meadows.

Medvedev favourite, Djokovic misses out

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

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For his part, Novak Djokovic (6th), a finalist last season, will not participate in the US Open. The Serbian, not vaccinated against Covid-19, said on Thursday, August 25, that he could not travel to the United States. Alexander Zverev, number 2 in the world, continues to recover from Roland-Garros.

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

The French on the run

Seven players and four French players already participate in 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 chances in Flushing Meadows.

>> The men’s draw

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

>> The female drawing

Goodbye to Serena Williams?

One last lap and then go? Long reigning in her reign at the US Open, Serena Williams may be closing in on her last lap in New York. At 40 years old, the American with 23 Grand Slams has announced that she is retiring from it. The tennis legend inherited in the draw for Montenegrin Danka Kovinic, 80th in the world, for the first round. The rest of her career seems riddled with pitfalls: she could find Estonian Anett Kontaveit (no. 2) in the second round in a part of the table that also includes Ons Jabeur (no. 5) and Daria Kasatkina (no. 10).

A bonus record

This is a record delayed year after year. The organization of the US Open has announced that a cash prize of almost 60 million dollars will be awarded to the players. A growing endowment, never before seen in a Grand Slam. Last year, the American Grand Slam lift had already reached a record amount, rising to $57.5 million. The winner and winner will each win $2.6 million. This increase is explained by the desire to better compensate the players eliminated in the first rounds of the tournament.

Broadcast and schedules

The US Open will be broadcast on Eurosport. The morning matches will take place from 17:00 (French time), but you will have to stay up until 01:00 – jet lag obliges – to follow the night sessions.

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