Tough (court) decision – Tears in the abdomen and unvaccinated travel are many questions for tennis before the US Open

LONDON – Tennis tours avoid grass courts for hard courts.

Before we know it, players will arrive in New York for the US Open, which runs from August 29 to September 11.

But in which state will they reach? And who will be there? At this very early stage – and we know that it is too early to be sure of anything – we know that there is only one rule of uncertainty.

Will Rafael Nadal, who was ruled out of the Wimbledon semi-finals due to a stomach injury, be fit for the third and 23rd Grand Slam title of the year? Will Novak Djokovic, the seventh Wimbledon champion and 21st Grand Slam winner, be allowed to return to the country? Will Serena Williams continue her comeback? Will Iga Sweetek re-establish its authority at the top of the women’s sport? Or is the new Wimbledon champion, Elena Ryabakina, ready to win her second straight slam after her first?

Men’s breakdown

Since Roger Federer did not test the waters of his comeback until the Lever Cup in September, the biggest questions on the men’s side have surrounded the big two.

At the time of writing, Djokovic will not be able to enter the United States because he has not been vaccinated against Kovid-19, a prerequisite for coming to the country.

Djokovic said, ‘I don’t think debt forgiveness is actually possible. “I think it’s time for me to go to the USA even if it’s removed.”

This reopened the door for Nadal to take full advantage of his opponent’s absence in Australia and then beat Djokovic to win the French Open.

Nadal, who is at the top of Djokovic’s all-time list, hopes to return to court within a week, although tearing his stomach will not allow him to serve for the foreseeable future.

“It’s normal to have three to four weeks for this type of injury,” Nadal said. “I hope these three, four weeks will allow me to do my normal calendar. In a week [am] Can play from the baseline. Of course not serving for some time. In a way it’s a positive thing that I [am] Will be able to practice from the baseline. “

After exit champion Daniel Medvedev, who has been banned from invading Ukraine by Russians and Belarusians for leaving Wimbledon, there will be a man who allows fitness. And what can Nick Kyrgios do after his great performance at Wimbledon?

Women’s breakdown

On the women’s side, Williams, who is back on the Wimbledon tour after a year, has only lost in the first round.

Williams certainly doesn’t think the loss to France’s Harmony Tan, who is not committed to her future, should be her last Grand Slam match. Williams admitted that if she wants to go deeper into the slam tournament, she probably needs to practice more matches, so watch the practice match to see if her name appears.

After an early defeat at Wimbledon, Sweetek took a much-needed – and well-earned – break, winning 37 in a row, covering six events and winning his second French Open title.

The Polish players will again be a big threat on the hard court, as they won Indian Wells and Miami earlier this year; But he has yet to reach the fourth round in three games in New York.

Rebekah will maintain her confidence to be the Wimbledon champion in the hard-court season and her coach, Stefano Vukov, is confident she is capable of winning on any surface.

“His game is built for grass, I think, but he’s very versatile,” Vukov said. “Together we won the first WTA which was on the ground, the second was tough in Hobart. She won the finals on the hard court in Dubai, the quarterfinals at the French Open, Wimbledon and several finals in the hard-court event. There is no surface that she cannot take advantage of. “

And after losing in the second round at Wimbledon 12 months ago, British player Emma Radukanu will return to defend the surprisingly won title.

“Going back to New York, it’s going to be good because I’ve had a lot of experience playing on the big court, playing with people in the stadium, playing with your attention,” Radukanu said. “I don’t care.”

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