STARNBERG, June 28, 2022 (by Alex Miller)
The final tennis Grand Slam of the year will be memorable, as the US Open will welcome the world’s best to the 142nd edition of its annual tournament. Qualifying events begin on August 23rd, and the main competition occurs on the 29th.
The 2022 US Open will run from August 29th until September 11th, with the women’s final taking place on September 10th, and the men’s final tournament match closes out the competition on September 11th.
Wimbledon Drama Opens the Russian/Belarusian Opportunity in NYC
Following the recent drama that escalated from Wimbledon receiving sanctions from the world tennis bodies for banning players from particular nations at their event, the US Open tennis tournament at Flushing Meadows will permit Russian and Belarusian players to compete.
The United States Tennis Association released a statement: “The USTA will allow individual athletes from Russia and Belarus to compete in the 2022 US Open, but only under a neutral flag.”
Although the USTA stated, “we continue to condemn the unprovoked and unjust invasion of Ukraine by Russia, ” they mentioned competition in New York “for players from those countries to play under a neutral flag when competing.”
The statement continued: “We recognize that each organization has had to deal with unique circumstances that affect their decisions. Based on our own circumstances, the USTA will allow all eligible players, regardless of nationality, to compete at the 2022 US Open.”
UTSA chairman, Mike McNulty, guaranteed a “broad set of initiatives that will include significant financial assistance and other programs further to support humanitarian relief and the people of Ukraine.”
The ATP and WTA points were stripped from Wimbledon’s competition due to their ban on Russian and Belarusian players; this has ultimately assisted the USTA in correcting the trajectory of keeping athletes who have no direct correlation with the ongoing conflicts in Ukraine and now, therefore the discriminative attitude has been amended ahead of the next major tournament.
“It is with great regret and reluctance that we see no option but to remove ATP Ranking points from Wimbledon for 2022,” the ATP said last month.
“Our rules and agreements exist in order to protect the rights of players as a whole. Unilateral decisions of this nature, if unaddressed, set a damaging precedent for the rest of the tour.
“Discrimination by individual tournaments is simply not viable.”
Wimbledon replied: “We, therefore, wish to state our deep disappointment at the decisions taken by the ATP, WTA, and ITF in removing ranking points for the Championships.
“We believe these decisions to be disproportionate in the context of the exceptional and extreme circumstances of this situation and the position we found ourselves in and damaging to all players who compete on Tour.”
The decision now clears the path for Russia’s reigning US Open champion, Daniil Medvedev, to compete and defend his title. Medvedev went on record to state the war was “very upsetting” and called for “peace in all countries”.
Last year’s champion thrived in New York, and in light of the newly established betting legislation in the Empire State, avid sports bettors should prepare themselves to support the World No. 1, as some sportsbooks in New York have him as the favorite.
It’s hard to disagree with Medvedev’s favorable position at New York bookmakers for the 2022 US Open. The Russian star has excelled in recent years and is a pleasant and respectful person to accompany his elite status nicely.
Everyone Can Play, But Not Djokovic
The USTA decision to allow Russian and Belarusian players was the right one, but according to reports, the United States has no plans to relax its vaccination rules, meaning that some players may not be able to compete at this year’s event.
The 20-time Major champion Novak Djokovic is unvaccinated, and whilst the US Government has stated they would continue to ban unvaccinated international travellers from entering the country, Tennys Sandgren – who is also unvaccinated – will be competing at the US Open.
“Sandgren is unvaccinated but can play the US Open ’cause he’s an American – Djokovic is also unvaccinated but cannot play the US Open ’cause he’s not an American. Covid has made the so-called experts lose common sense, as there’s nothing scientific about this but full-blown insanity,” a fan wrote on Twitter.
Djokovic, finalist in New York last year, could miss the US Open, making it the second Grand Slam tournament of the year that he’ll miss.