Despite Covid, The US Open Kicked Off on August 24th

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – AUGUST 31: Novak Djokovic of Serbia

James Mulcahy, Staff Writer

Since 1881, the historical US Open tennis tournament in New York City, New York has gone on every year even though this year despite all the complications from COVID-19. With players coming from all over the world to participate in this tournament, there is a huge variety of nationalities competing in this game. There is a men’s and women’s bracket offered for each player which includes a single and double bracket. In the men’s, there is a total of 128 singles players, the same number goes for doubles as well but since there are two people on each team, it’s just split up into 64 teams. It is the same for women on these teams as well. The tournament goes on from August 24 to September 12. In singles, the prize money is 2.5 million dollars as well as a trophy. 

The number one ranked tennis player in the world, Novak Djokovic, has made it to the quarterfinals now. So far he’s defeated Holger Rune (Denmark) in the first round.  In the second round it was Tallon Griekspoor (Netherlands) along with In the third round when he took out Kei Nishikori (Japan). In his most recent game, he defeated Jenson Brooksby (United States). He plays Matteo Berrettini in the quarter-finals on September 8th. 

For the women’s singles, Ashleigh Barty of Australia was favored to win, being the number one ranked women’s player in the world. However, she was upset by the American player Shelby Rogers, who took the match in a third-set tiebreaker. Even though she got beaten badly by Emma Raducanu, in the next game, after her win from playing Ashleigh Barty, she received a myriad of death threats because of her opponents title. The next favored player to win is the number two seed Aryna Sabalenka (Belarus), who is on her way to the Quarterfinals where she will face number eight seed Barbora Krejčíková (Czechia).