- Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Naomi Osaka, and Serena Williams are included in the U.S. Open field announced by the USTA on Wednesday.
- Djokovic is still in play to win the “Golden Slam” and is looking to become the third male tennis player to win all four grand slam tournaments in a single calendar year.
- Osaka won the U.S. Open in two out of the last three seasons but skipped Wimbledon and withdrew from the French Open due to mental health.
Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Naomi Osaka, and Serena Williams will be playing in the 2021 U.S. Open at Flushing Meadows in New York from Aug. 30 to Sept. 12.
This was revealed after the USTA announced the men’s and women’s field for the final grand slam of the 2020 season. The entry list however, includes the names of players who make the field automatically. These players can still withdraw from the tournament if they want to.
Still, the thought of having former champions Djokovic, Federer, Osaka, and Wiliams at the U.S. Open would make the tournament a much better one. These tennis superstars are involved in some of the biggest storylines in the sport this year. Having them together for the final grand slam tournament of the year would close out the tennis season in style.
Djokovic’s Golden Slam
Novak Djokovic will look to complete the calendar Golden Slam for the first time since Steffi Graf in 1988 🏆🏆🏆🥇🏆 pic.twitter.com/2lrCVWOxXQ
— US Open Tennis (@usopen) July 15, 2021
Top-ranked Novak Djokovic who won the Australian Open, French Open, and Wimbledon earlier this year will be looking to become the third man to win all four tennis grand slams in a single calendar season after Don Budge in 1938 and Rod Laver in 1969. But that’s not the only piece of history that Djokovic is chasing.
The Djoker has also confirmed participation in the Tokyo Olympics and if he wins the gold medal there, and then proceeds to conquering Flushing Meadows afterwards, he will become the second tennis player ever to achieve the Golden Slam, after Steffi Graf who accomplished the feat in 1988.
According to online sportsbook BetOnline, Djokovic is the the current -110 betting favorite to win the men’s singles title at the U.S. Open with no.2 Daniil Medvedev,last year’s U.S. Open winner Dominic Thiem, and Rafael Nadal tied for second at +600. Federer meanwhile, completes the Top 5 in the latest U.S. Open futures odds at +800.
2nd U.S. Open Win in Three Years
— Reuters Pictures (@reuterspictures) November 22, 2020
Like Djokovic, Osaka is the betting favorite to win the women’s single’s title at Flushing Meadows at +400 with world no. 1 Ashley Barty next at +800. Bianca Andreescu, who won the U.S. Open in 2019, is third in the latest odds at the BetOnline App at +900 while six-time champion Serena Williams is 4th at +950.
But the spotlight is on Osaka, not only because she will be playing in a grand slam for the first time since withdrawing from the French Open and after skipping Wimbledon due to mental health issues, but because she won the U.S. Open twice in the last three years.
Barty is coming off her first win at Wimbledon but has not gone past the 4th round at Flushing Meadows. Meanwhile, Serena Williams is still searching for that elusive 24th singles grand slam title and is coming off a Wimbledon tournament where she withdrew in the opening round after suffering a leg injury.