US Open: Who's in? Who's out? Are Serena Williams, Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Emma Raducanu playing?
Who's playing the 2022 US Open? And who's missing the Grand Slam? Are Serena Williams, Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Emma Raducanu playing? The final major of the season takes place in New York with Daniil Medvedev and Raducanu the defending champions. Williams, 40, is set to retire after the tournament while there is doubt over whether Djokovic will be able to play due to being unaccinated.
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It could be a double farewell in New York if Venus decides to join younger sister Serena in announcing her retirement.
Venus, 42, turned professional in 1994, a year before Serena, and played her first singles match in a year at the Citi Open in Washington DC earlier this month. Venus, whose last singles win was at Wimbledon 2021, has been given a wild card for the US Open.
Venus has not given any indication when she might retire, but earlier this year spoke in similar terms as Serena did recently when she said there’s a “light at the end of the tunnel”.
Williams has expressed a desire to have another child and also has business interests that she intends to pursue.
Can she win a record-equalling 24th major at the US Open? It would be the fairytale farewell for a legend of the sport.
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“I don’t know if I will be ready to win New York,” Williams wrote in her farewell letter in Vogue.
“But I’m going to try...I know there’s a fan fantasy that I might have tied Margaret that day in London, then maybe beat her record in New York, and then at the trophy ceremony say, “See ya!” I get that. It’s a good fantasy. But I’m not looking for some ceremonial, final on-court moment. “I’m terrible at goodbyes, the world’s worst.”
Serena made the US Open semi-finals on her last appearance in 2020 and the final the previous two years. In the build-up to the tournament she won her first-round match in Toronto but lost to Emma Raducanu in Cincinnati.
It’s unlikely to be farewell for Nadal this time around.
The Spaniard has had some of his best moments at the US Open in recent years, winning the tournament in 2017 and 2019 as well as making the semi-finals in 2018.
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"You lose, you move forward. I know the way," he said. "The main thing for me is to stay healthy.
"It's difficult to take a lot of positive things, but I need to improve. I need to practise. I need to return better. I need days [on the court], and that's the truth."
Federer hasn’t played the US Open since 2019, and he won’t be returning this summer. The 20-time Grand Slam champion has been out since Wimbledon 2021 after undergoing a third knee operation and only looks set to make his comeback at the Laver Cup in September.
Whether he plays the US Open again remains to be seen. He won the Slam five years in a row from 2004 to 2008 but his schedule next season, and potentially beyond, will depend on how his body holds up.
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Murray made his big breakthrough at the 2012 US Open when he beat Novak Djokovic in the final to claim his first major title. Murray has not been back to the final since and has only won two matches in his last three appearances at the tournament.
He came close to a huge upset a year ago when he lost to Stefanos Tsitsipas in the opening round after winning the first two sets.
Murray spoke at Wimbledon about wanting to be seeded for the US Open to avoid another tough draw, but his results over the last month have not seen him climb the rankings enough. He is ranked No. 47 in the world after early exits in Montreal and Cincinnati, and has struggled with cramping issues.
The three-time champion might still have a chance to compete at the US Open.
Djokovic has been training on hard courts and recently posted an update saying he had "fingers crossed” hoping he would be able to make it to New York, where he lost in the final last year to Daniil Medvedev to end his Calendar Slam bid in crushing fashion.
The 2021 US Open champion will be back to defend her title. Raducanu shocked the world when she came through qualifying a year ago and won her first Grand Slam without dropping a set.
Raducanu has not been able to back up the victory with more silverware yet and faces the prospect of falling down the rankings unless she can go deep again in New York. She will be defending 2040 points, the most ever by any player at a tournament (2000 for winning the tournament and 40 for coming through qualifying), and if she loses a chunk of that she will likely fall outside the top 50 or 60.
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Raducanu has shown some encouraging form with wins over Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka in Cincinnati before losing to Jessica Pegula.
Two-time champion Osaka has not enjoyed the best preparation for the US Open.
It is not known whether the world No. 6, who has previously made the semi-finals in New York, will be fit for the final Grand Slam of the season.
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It's been a rough 12 months for the 2020 US Open champion, who has been working his way back after a wrist injury.
Thiem showed some encouraging signs on clay in July and is set to return for the Winston-Salem Open, which starts on August 22, after not playing either Montreal or Cincinatti. He has been given a wild card for the US Open.
The former US Open semi-finalist will not be returning this summer due to an injury suffered in Montreal.
Monfils wrote on Twitter: "Following the latest medical exams that I took upon returning in Europe, I will sadly not be able to play at the US Open this year. I am forced to undergo a new period of treatment before being able to resume tournaments.”
The big-serving American, whose last match was defeat to Nick Kyrgios in Washington DC in early August, has withrawn from the US Open.
Brady made the semi-finals at the US Open in 2020 and the final of the 2021 Australian Open but hasn't played in over a year due to injury. She does not look set to return in time for the US Open.