Novak Djokovic and other players who could miss the US Open
At the time of writing, Novak Djokovic still did not know whether he will be able to play at the 2022 US Open.
Djokovic is one Grand Slam championship win behind Rafael Nadal but might not make the field for the final Major of the year due to travel restrictions.
After a relaxation of internal restrictions, there was hope that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention would remove the restriction on non-vaccinated travellers flying to the United States.
The US Open draw takes place on Thursday 25 August, and by then we should know if Novak Djokovic will play at the tournament.
Djokovic has said that he will continue to prepare for the tournament until he gets confirmation that he won’t be allowed to enter the United States.
“I am preparing as if I will be allowed to compete, while I await to hear if there is any room for me to travel to US. Fingers crossed.”
Other US Open doubts
Alexander Zverev has been a long term absence from the tour after he limped out of his French Open clash with Rafael Nadal.
Zverev is treading a long rehabilitation road and doesn’t appear likely to return in time for the US Open.
The German has spent much of his time out of the sport ranked at a career-best World No 2 and might well wonder what might have been.
Nadal himself isn’t nailed on to compete having had limited time on the court since returning from injury.
He is likely to join the draw but there are doubts about whether he can mount a serious challenge having not served much in the last few months due to his abdominal injury.
Nadal lost in the second round at the Cincinnati Masters to Borna Coric in his return to the tour.
He looked rusty but it was not immediately apparent if the Spaniard was in any discomfort.
Another former champion is in doubt in the shape of Dominic Thiem.
Thiem hasn’t played at the US Open since he won the championship in 2020 as he has struggled with a persistent wrist injury.
He has only played on clay this season but has entered the Winston-Salem Open in the week before the US Open.
Nick Kyrgios has been managing a knee injury and has not looked his best since claiming the Citi Open title earlier this month.
Kyrgios has made it clear that he would rather be with his parents at this time but he could still be the dark horse of the US Open.
Players out of the US Open
Gael Monfils has withdrawn from the US Open after reinjuring his problematic heel in Montreal.
Monfils underwent surgery on the heel earlier this year and is set to undergo more treatment on the injury which will prevent him from taking his place in the final Major of the year.
Roger Federer has confirmed that he will not return to the ATP Tour for the US Open.
Federer has targeted a return at the Basel indoor event, although there are still doubts that he will actually return this year or at all.
The Swiss icon has committed to playing the Laver Cup alongside fellow legends Nadal and Djokovic.
Tennis legend makes big Ben Shelton prediction as American stars at Laver Cup
A tennis legend has hailed the game of rising star Ben Shelton and made a big prediction about the 20-year-old American.
Top coach suggests Rafael Nadal will ‘probably stop’ comeback bid if reality dawns
“There is no reason to think that he will not be the favourite for Roland Garros.”
Two huge names could be contenders to take over Laver Cup captaincy roles
Could new captain’s spice up the Laver Cup?
Andy Murray makes Novak Djokovic consistency claim in Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal comparison
Andy Murray has discussed the consistency of his ‘Big Four’ rivals.
Carlos Alcaraz backed by esteemed coach in bold 2024 Grand Slam claim
A respected tennis coach believes losing in the semi-finals of the 2023 US Open will be “the best thing ever” for Carlos Alcaraz.
End of the road for the Stefanos Tsitsipas and Paula Badosa love story?
Tsitsipas and Badosa became social media sensations when they confirmed their romance, but their love story may be over.
‘Novak Djokovic is the perfect athlete for tennis – his body was more ready to last than Rafael Nadal’
“I said that he will probably be the record holder of number of Grand Slams when he had 12 or 13.”
John McEnroe names player who could make next Laver Cup a ‘different story’
John McEnroe admits next year’s Laver Cup could be a “different story” after Team World’s crushing victory.
Roger Federer reveals his dream Laver Cup doubles pairing for 2024
Federer wants to see Djokovic and Alcaraz play on the same Team Europe in Berlin next year.
Muted end to a flat Laver Cup as next year’s host city is revealed
Team World beat Team Europe 13-2 to win a one-sided Laver Cup.