Murray And Pliskova Lead 2017 US Open Fields

WHITE PLAINS, July 19, 2017 (USTA Press Release)

The USTA announced Wednesday that 2012 US Open champion and world No. 1 Andy Murray, two-time US Open champion and world No. 2 Rafael Nadal, five-time US Open champion and world No. 3 Roger Federer, two-time US Open champion and world No. 4 Novak Djokovic, and defending US Open champion and world No. 5 Stan Wawrinka will headline the men’s singles field for the 2017 US Open Tennis Championships. The field includes seven former US Open singles champions including Murray (2012), Nadal (2010, 2013), Federer (2004-2008), Djokovic (2011, 2015), Wawrinka (2016), Marin Cilic (2014), and Juan Martin Del Potro (2009).

Each of the world’s top 99 men received direct entry into the US Open, representing 39 countries.

The 2017 US Open will be played Monday, August 28, through Sunday, September 10, at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y.

Murray, of Great Britain, won his third major and second Wimbledon title in 2016 after finishing runner-up to Djokovic in the 2016 Australian and French Open finals. This year, Murray advanced to the semifinals of the French Open and quarterfinals at Wimbledon. Murray, the reigning Olympic Gold Medalist, defeated Djokovic in the 2012 US Open final to win his first Grand Slam championship.

Nadal, of Spain, is a 15-time Grand Slam singles champion who won his 10th French Open singles title this year, defeating Wawrinka in the final. Nadal also advanced to this year’s Australian Open final, falling to Federer in five sets. Nadal won the 2010 and 2013 US Open singles titles, defeating Djokovic both times.

Federer, of Switzerland, is the all-time men’s leader with 19 major singles titles and won his record eighth Wimbledon singles title this month. He also won his fifth Australian Open title in January. Federer is competing for his sixth US Open title, which would surpass Pete Sampras and Jimmy Connors for the most US Open men’s singles titles in the Open Era. He last captured the US Open singles title in 2008.

Djokovic, of Serbia, has reached the singles final in Flushing six out of the last seven years. He won his 12th major championship at the 2016 French Open to complete a career Grand Slam. Djokovic was a finalist at last year’s US Open, falling to Wawrinka, and reached the quarterfinals of the French Open and Wimbledon this year.

Wawrinka, of Switzerland, is the defending US Open men’s champion. He won his first major title at the 2014 Australian Open, defeating Nadal, and then followed that up with his second Grand Slam singles title at the 2015 French Open. This year, Wawrinka advanced to the French Open final, as well as the semifinals of the Australian Open.

Also included in the men’s singles field are: No. 6 and 2014 US Open champion Marin Cilic, of Croatia; No. 7 Dominic Thiem, the 23-year old Austrian talent who advanced to the semifinals of this year’s French Open; No. 8 Kei Nishikori, of Japan, a 2014 US Open finalist; No. 9 Milos Raonic, of Canada, who reached his first Grand Slam singles final at Wimbledon in 2016; and No. 10 Grigor Dimitrov, of Bulgaria, a semifinalist at this year’s Australian Open.

Hungary’s Marton Fucsovics, ranked No. 99, is the last man to receive direct entry into the field of 128. Five players used a protected ranking to gain entry, including No. 63 Andreas Haider-Maurer, of Austria, Nos. 81 Thanasi Kokkinakis and John Millman, both of Australia, No. 89 Dmitry Tursunov, of Russia, and No. 93 Ricardas Berankis, of Lithuania. Sixteen more players will gain entry through the US Open Qualifying Tournament, held August 22-25, while the eight remaining spots are wild cards awarded by the USTA.

Nine American men received direct entry including No. 17 Jack Sock, of Lincoln, Neb., No. 21 John Isner, of Greensboro, N.C., No. 23 Sam Querrey, of Santa Monica, Calif., No. 31Steve Johnson, of Orange, Calif., No. 40 Ryan Harrison, of Austin, Texas, No. 50 Donald Young, of Atlanta, No. 58 Jared Donaldson, of Providence, R.I., No. 62 Frances Tiafoe, of College Park, Md., and No. 67 Ernesto Escobedo, of West Covina, Calif.

Pliskova Leads Women’s Line-up

New world No. 1 and 2016 US Open finalist Karolina Pliskova leads the women’s singles field for the 2017 US Open Tennis Championships. Joining Pliskova in the US Open field is 2017 French Open finalist and world No. 2 Simona Halep, defending US Open champion and world No. 3 Angelique Kerber, 2017 Wimbledon semifinalist and world No. 4 Johanna Konta, and 2017 Wimbledon champion and world No. 5 Garbiñe Muguruza. The field includes four former US Open singles champions including Kerber (2016), Venus Williams (2000, 2001), Samantha Stosur (2011), and Svetlana Kuznetsova (2004), as well as 2009 and 2014 US Open finalist Caroline Wozniacki, two-time US Open finalist Victoria Azarenka, and 2015 US Open finalist Roberta Vinci.

In all, 99 of the world’s top 105 women received direct entry into the US Open, representing 33 countries. The United States has 13 women who qualified for direct entry into the US Open’s main draw—the most of any country.

The 2017 US Open will be played Monday, August 28, through Sunday, September 10, at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y. The US Open Women’s Singles Championship is presented by J.P. Morgan.

Pliskova, of the Czech Republic, became the No. 1-ranked player in the world this week. She advanced to her first major final last year at the US Open. This year, she advanced to the semifinals at the French Open and the quarterfinals at the Australian Open. She has also won three WTA titles so far in 2017.

Halep, of Romania, advanced to her second French Open final this year and was a semifinalist at the 2015 US Open, as well as at Wimbledon in 2014.

Kerber, of Germany, won her second Grand Slam singles title at the 2016 US Open and then became the No. 1-ranked player in the world. She captured her first major title at the 2016 Australian Open, defeating Serena Williams. Kerber also reached the Wimbledon final in 2016 and won the silver medal at the Rio Olympics a month later.

Konta, of Great Britain, this year became the first British woman to reach a Wimbledonsemifinal since 1978. She also reached the semifinals of the 2016 Australian Open.

Muguruza, of Spain, won her second major title at Wimbledon this year, defeating Venus Williams in the final to become the first Spanish woman to win the title since 1994. Muguruza captured her first Grand Slam singles title at the 2016 French Open over Serena Williams.

Rounding out the top 10 entries are: No. 6 Elina Svitolina, of Ukraine, the 2015 and 2017 French Open quarterfinalist; No. 7 Wozniacki, of Denmark, a two-time US Open finalist; No. 8 Kuznetsova, of Russia, the 2004 US Open champion and 2009 French Open champion; No. 9  Venus Williams, of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., a two-time US Open champion and a seven-time Grand Slam singles champion; and No. 10 Agnieszka Radwanska, of Poland, the first Polish player to reach a Grand Slam singles final (2012 Wimbledon).

Nine players who have won Grand Slam singles titles in their careers are competing in the US Open this year, including two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, of the Czech Republic (2011, 2014); 2010 French Open champion Francesca Schiavone, of Italy; two-time Australian Open champion and former world No. 1 Azarenka, of Belarus; and 2017 French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko, of Latvia.

Six-time US Open singles champion and world No. 15 Serena Williams will not be competing in this year’s US Open due to the upcoming birth of her first child. No. 36 Laura Siegemund, of Germany (right knee), No. 83 Yaroslava Shvedova, of Kazakhstan (left ankle), No. 90Bethanie Mattek-Sands, of Phoenix, Ariz. (right knee), No. 95 Kristina Kucova, of Slovakia (right knee), and No. 104 Mandy Minella, of Luxembourg (pregnancy), are the additional withdrawals.

The United States’ Julia Boserup, ranked No. 105, is the last player accepted directly into the women’s field of 128. Five players are using a special ranking to gain entry into the main draw – No. 6 and two-time US Open finalist Azarenka, of Belarus, No. 26 Sloane Stephens, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., No. 50 Anna-Lena Friedsam, of Germany, No. 75 Alja Tomljanovic, of Croatia, and No. 92 Sabine Lisicki, of Germany. Sixteen more players will gain entry through the US Open Qualifying Tournament, August 22-25, while the remaining eight spots are wild cards awarded by the USTA.

In addition to Venus Williams, Stephens, and Boserup, the other American women who received direct entry into this year’s tournament include: No. 16 Madison Keys, of Rock Island, Ill., No. 21 Coco Vandeweghe, of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., No. 27 Lauren Davis, of Cleveland, No. 39 Alison Riske, of Pittsburgh, No. 40 CiCi Bellis, of Atherton, Calif., No. 60Christina McHale, of Englewood Cliffs, N.J., No. 62 Shelby Rogers, of Charleston, S.C., No. 64 Varvara Lepchenko, of Allentown, Pa., No. 75 Madison Brengle, of Dover, Del., and No. 80 Jennifer Brady, of Orlando.

The July 17 edition of the ATP and WTA rankings was used to determine the US Open main draw entry list. Seeds will be determined and announced closer to the start of the event.