31 August - 13 September 2020

US Open

Flushing Meadows, USA

US Open – 31 August - 13 September 2020

US Open preview: Britain's top players prepare for battle in New York

  • 24/08/2019

  • US Open

On Monday 26 August, the fourth and final Grand Slam of the year will get underway at Flushing Meadows and Britain's top players are ready to kickstart their campaigns. 

Who's in singles action? 

Johanna Konta will be looking to build on her recent Grand Slam successes after reaching the semi-finals of the French Open and then the quarter-finals of Wimbledon.  The 16th seed's best US Open result came in 2015 and 2016 when she reached the fourth round, but the British No.1 suffered tough opening round losses in 2017 and 2018. This year, she'll face world No.42 Daria Kasatkina for a place in the second round - the pair have met three times before (Sydney in 2017, Dubai in 2018 and Moscow in 2018) with the Russian prevailing twice so Konta will be looking to breakeven. 

Men's British No.1 Kyle Edmund will take on Spain's Pablo Andujar in the opening round. The 2018 Australian Open semi-finalist's best run in New York came in 2016 when he reached the final-16. In 2017 he made the third round, but fell at the first hurdle last year. Edmund and the world No.71 have met just once before on the main draw of an ATP Tour event; in the final of an ATP 250 clay event in Marrakech which went in favour to Andujar. 

World No.58 Dan Evans will face a player ranked just one place higher than him in the form of Frenchman Adrian Mannarino. Their only head-to-head came in 2018 at the Fever-Tree Championships with Mannarino triumphing. Evans' standout US Open moment was in 2016 when he reached the third round for the second time and took eventual champion Stan Warwinka to a thrilling five-set contest, when he even held one match point. After a strong 2019 season which has seen him win two grass court titles on home soil (Surbiton and Nottingham) and reach the third round of Wimbledon, the Brit will be boosted with confidence heading into the Major. 

Cam Norrie joins Kyle and Dan in the men's draw - the world No.60 has reached the second round in New York for the last two years and will be getting his 2019 run started against French qualifier Gregoire Barrere. The pair have played once before earlier this year in Mexico with Norrie clinching the win. Norrie and Evans will also compete in the men's doubles, with their partners to be announced soon. 

Harriet Dart completes the quintet of Brits in singles action after successfully winning all three of her qualifying matches to secure a spot in the main draw. The GB Fed Cup star and world No.140 will take on Ana Bogdan for a place in the second round which will mark the first time the pair have met on tour. Dart is just seven places higher than Bogan in the WTA world rankings so it's set to be a close clash, but by reaching the third round of Wimbledon just two months ago and after a successful qualifying run, she will have momentum on her side going into her first US Open. 

Meanwhile in doubles...

Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski's partnership began just two months ago at the Fever-Tree Championships and they have since reached two semi-finals on the hard court swing (the Cincinnati Masters and the Winston-Salem Open). Jamie Murray scooped the US Open title in 2016 with Bruno Soares and has prevailed in the mixed doubles twice (2017 with Martina Hingis and 2018 with Bethanie Mattek-Sands).  Neal's best Grand Slam result came in 2017 when he reached the quarter-finals of Wimbledon with brother Ken. 

Ken will be teaming up with New Zealander Marcus Daniell for the first time at a Grand Slam, whilst Dom Inglot will also be getting to grips with his new partnership with Brazil's Marcelo Demoliner. Joe Salisbury and America's Rajeev Ram will be looking to make their mark in New York after a successful season together; since January, they have won an ATP 500 in Dubai, reached the final of the Fever-Tree Championships and advanced to the semi-finals of the Rogers Cup recently in Montreal. Luke Bambridge will pair up with Japan's Ben McLachlan, and Jonny O'Mara and Arevalo Marcelo of El Salvador will debut as a doubles team. 

Next week in wheelchair tennis... 

There will be a three-strong British entry in the wheelchair events in New York this year with Alfie Hewett looking to successfully defend the men’s singles title he won when beating Japan’s Shingo Kunieda in last year’s final.

French Open finalist Gordon Reid will be hoping to reach a second Grand Slam singles final of the season, and he will also pair up with Hewett as they bid to complete a hat-trick of US Open men’s doubles titles.

Already a quad singles and doubles champion in New York, 2014 US Open quad singles champion Andy Lapthorne will aim to equal his recent success at Wimbledon. Lapthorne reached the inaugural quad singles final at The Championships and also won the quad doubles title partnering Australia’s Dylan Alcott. Lapthorne will team up with Alcott in New York this year after winning the last two US Open quad doubles titles partnering American David Wagner.

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