The US Open 2022 promises to be quite an uncertain tournament. The big favorite would be Novak Djokovic, but his participation is highly doubtful. Without a vaccination against the coronavirus, the Serbian phenomenon could be barred from entering the United States.
The CDC has equated vaccinated and unvaccinated on internal treatment, but the rules at the border have not changed for now. The presence of Alexander Zverev is also at risk. Last edition’s semi-finalist is still recovering from the horrific ankle injury he repaired at Roland Garros.
Despite not canceling the final Grand Slam of the season, the German has admitted it will be very difficult for him to arrive in New York in good form. In the spotlight, therefore, are outgoing champion Daniil Medvedev and Rafael Nadal, who will stand a strong chance of winning his 23rd Major.
The 36-year-old from Manacor may not have shone in Cincinnati, but he has consistently delivered great tennis in the Big Apple. It’s also worth keeping an eye on Nick Kyrgios, who enjoyed the best season of his career. Speaking to the Tennis Channel, Andy Roddick urged opponents and pundits not to underestimate the Australian.
Andy Roddick on Kyrgios
Should the absences of Novak Djokovic (unvaccinated) and Alexander Zverev (ankle injury) be confirmed, Nick Kyrgios would have a little more room at the US Open, where he has big ambitions after his Wimbledon final.
Historically, this tournament hasn’t really been a success for him, despite reaching the 3rd round several times, but that doesn’t stop Andy Roddick from counting him among the big favorites for this 2022 edition.
“I think it’s very important that he went to Washington, which is a key event in the preparation for the US Open. Conditions are brutal… Playing singles and doubles and not breaking down mentally or physically is a very, very good sign.
I think he’s one of the two or three favorites for the US Open,” the US agent told Tennis Channel despite Nick’s pretty tough loss to Taylor Fritz this week in Cincinnati. Asked if he feels more connected to the fans now and has some level of understanding for the media, Kyrgios said: “The fans are amazing.
I mean, without the fans there’s no excitement, there really isn’t any sport without fans.” He then added, “I don’t give a fuck about the media. I’m doing this because I have to be here and I don’t want to be fined. So I mean, it’s routine.”