March 4, 2021

Serena, Coco, Novak, Rafa on entry lists for US Open tuneup – tennis



Serena Williams, Coco Gauff, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal have been on Wednesday’s preliminary entry lists — however No. 1 girl Ash Barty, two-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka and 2019 U.S. Open champion Bianca Andreescu weren’t — for the match moved from Cincinnati to Flushing Meadows subsequent month due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Western & Southern Open is scheduled for Aug. 20-28 on the identical arduous courts on the Billie Jean King Nationwide Tennis Middle which might be slated to host the U.S. Open from Aug. 31 to Sept. 13.

The U.S. Tennis Affiliation is planning to stage the 2 tournaments back-to-back in New York whereas the coronavirus outbreak worsens in different elements of the nation and there are lingering questions on worldwide journey.

Each defending champions on the Cincinnati occasion are entered this yr: Daniil Medvedev, who misplaced to Nadal in final yr’s U.S. Open ultimate, and Madison Keys.

Simply because a participant is on Wednesday’s lists doesn’t imply he or she essentially will compete on the match.

No sanctioned skilled tennis occasions have been performed since March due to the coronavirus. Each the ladies’s and males’s excursions plan to return in August, however the tentative calendars drawn up for the remainder of 2020 have already got seen cancellations.

That features what was purported to be the primary males’s match again, in Washington in August.

The ladies’s tour nonetheless goals to return subsequent week at Palermo, Italy.

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