5 Sep 2022; Flushing, New York, USA; Marin Cilic (CRO) hits a backhand against Carlos Alcaraz (ESP) (not pictured) on day eight of the 2022 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports.
The US Open is less than three weeks away. Beginning August 28, it is a tournament that promises a lot. Carlos Alcaraz will defend the Grand Slam title he won almost a year ago, but Novak Djoco Wish will try to prove that he is still the best player in the world. after losing the last Wimbledon to the Spaniards There are also many great players looking to win their first Grand Slam.
Unfortunately, there have been four withdrawals from the last Grand Slam of the year. All four are also prominent names and will miss the event.
Players withdrawing from the US Open
Last year’s US Open semi-finalist Nick Kyrgios has retired.This means he will miss all four Grand Slams this season. It’s been a very difficult year for the Australian players. Having played just one match all year on Stuttgart’s grass courts, Kyrgios has recently suffered knee and wrist problems. The timing of his return is unclear at this time.
Flushing Meadows won’t have one winner. 2014 champion Marin Cilic has announced he won’t be able to play in New York either. The Croat has been struggling with a knee injury throughout 2023. He made his comeback a few weeks ago on Umag’s clay courts, but sadly he has suffered another setback since then. Cilic has not. Used to officially compete in the US Open due to injury. Therefore, no player has officially replaced him in the draw.
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Jan-Lennard Struff was the third player to withdraw. It is a great shame for the German to play the best tennis of his career this season at 33. He reached the final of the Madrid Masters and once again in his home tournament in Stuttgart. Gart Struff suffered a hip injury in the previous rounds at Stuttgart, despite eventually reaching the final. Healing took longer than expected, resulting in Struff withdrawing, hopefully he can regain his former form when he returns.
Mikael Ymer is also counted as an official withdrawal. Last month it was announced that Ymer has been suspended for 18 months after failing three drug tests in 18 months. The path to his career revival will be tough for the former ATP finalist.
Which Player Enters the US Open Main Draw?
Marco Cecchinato replaced Ymer after he had to withdraw. The 2018 French Open semi-finalist has been a clay court master throughout his career. and have failed to reach the second round at Flushing Meadows in five of their previous appearances. The Italian is still talented and hopes to seize the opportunity to improve on his past performances.
Facundo Diaz Acosta, 22, has benefited from Struff’s withdrawal. The Argentinian’s only Grand Slam appearance was at this year’s French Open, where he eliminated Diaz Acosta in the first round. is another clay court expert. All six of his Grand Finals on the Challenger Circuit were on clay. So winning that first Grand Slam tournament might be a bit of a surprise. But that’s a potential reward for Diaz Acosta.
The more experienced Argentine competitor replaced Kyrgios Diego Schwartz in the main draw. It’s been a tough year for the 14-time ATP finalist, and he’s close to dropping out of the top 100 at his current #98 ranking. and will work as hard as he can to turn around his fortunes in New York.
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