Finally Open for Business

August 31, 2021 Finally Open for Business

By: Jeff Yoder

Round 1 of the 2021 U.S. Open Underway After 2-Year Wait

After a two-year wait, the U.S. Open is finally back. The fourth and final tennis major of the 2021 calendar is without a number of notable players, including Serena Williams, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, but the game’s biggest star is about to make a run at history. (1) Novak Djokovic can win the U.S. Open and become the sixth player in tennis history to win all four grand slams in a single year. Meanwhile, (3) Naomi Osaka is off to a hot start. It’s a dozen days of tennis from Flushing Meadows. Here’s the rundown from Round 1.


Men’s Singles Highlights

(2) D. Medvedev def. R. Gasquet (6-4, 6-3, 6-1)

(3) S. Tsitsipas def. A. Murray (2-6, 7-6, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4)

(5) A. Rublev def. I. Karlovic (6-3, 7-6, 6-3)

(11) D. Schwartzman def. R. Berankis (7-5, 6-3, 6-3)

(18) R. Bautista Agut def. N. Kyrgios (6-3, 6-4, 6-0)


Women’s Singles Highlights

(2) A. Sabalenka def. N. Stojanovic (6-4, 6-7, 6-0)

(3) N. Osaka def. M. Bouzkova (6-4, 6-1)

(5) E. Svitolina def. R. Marino (6-2, 6-3)

(8) B. Krejcikova def. A. Sharma (6-0, 6-4)

(12) S. Halep def. C. Giorgi (6-4, 7-6)

(21) C. Gauff def. M. Linette (5-7, 6-3, 6-4)

S. Stephens def. M. Keys (6-1, 1-6, 7-6)


Today’s Schedule (Notable Players)

M: (4) A. Zverev vs. S. Querrey (Noon ET)

M: (6) M. Berrettini vs. J. Chardy (1:00 pm ET)

M: (1) N. Djokovic vs. H. Rune (7:00 pm ET)

W: (4) K. Pliskova vs. C. McNally (11:00 am ET)

W: (1) A. Barty vs. V. Zvonareva (2:00 pm ET)

W: (9) B. Andreescu vs. V. Golubic (9:00 pm ET)


Additional Storylines

Yahoo! SportsFans Rage After ‘Awful’ Scenes Waiting to Enter Flushing Meadows

NY Times: Novak Djokovic Knocks on the Door of a Very Exclusive Club

Tennis: Even as COVID Cases Rise, US Open & Other Events Welcome Fans


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