US Open: Defending champion Naomi Osaka on Flushing Meadows entry list with Andy Murray on alternate list | Tennis News


Reigning US Open champion and four-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka was listed for this year’s event after missing the French Open and Wimbledon on mental health grounds; Andy Murray is first on the alternate list after failing to make the main draw due to the current standings

Last updated: 07/21/21 19:04

Naomi Osaka will be part of a women's field at this year's US Open at Flushing Meadows

Naomi Osaka will be part of a women’s field at this year’s US Open at Flushing Meadows

Naomi Osaka was entered for the US Open after withdrawing from the French Open and Wimbledon this year due to mental health concerns.

The world number 2 is set to play at the Olympic Games in Tokyo and then in Montreal next month before the start of the last Grand Slam of the year, which will be held with a 100% fan capacity from August 30.

Osaka is expected to be part of a women’s field at the New York tournament that will also include world No.1 Ashleigh Barty, who won her second major title at Wimbledon earlier this month.

Ashleigh Barty underlined her status as the world's No. 1 women after winning her first Wimbledon title earlier this summer

Ashleigh Barty underlined her status as the world’s No. 1 women after winning her first Wimbledon title earlier this summer

A total of 15 major winners, including Simona Halep and Garbine Muguruza, are expected to feature in the women’s field at Flushing Meadows while Serena Williams will finally aim to reach a milestone in the 24th Grand Slam. The reigning Roland-Garros champion and 11th world champion Barbora Krejcikova is also on the field.

104th-ranked US Open 2012 semi-finalist Sara Errani is the last woman to receive a direct entry, with Belgium’s Kirsten Flipkens currently the first player on the alternate list.

2012 US Open champion Andy Murray is currently the first player on the alternate roster

2012 US Open champion Andy Murray is currently the first player on the alternate roster

On the men’s side, former champions Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal – currently tied for the men’s record of 20 Grand Slam singles titles – will resume their quest for more silver in New York.

World number one Djokovic, fresh off his third major triumph of 2020 at Wimbledon, aims to become the first man since Australian Rod Laver in 1969 to complete a calendar year sweep.

Another former champion, Andy Murray, who is currently ranked 104, failed to make the main draw but remains the first player on the alternate list.

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