There will be no Roger Federer, Ashleigh Barty, Simona Halep, Naomi Osaka, Bianca Andreescu and Elina Svitolina. What will Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams do instead? A question that all tennis fans are asking, after the Entry List for the combined Western and Southern Open came out, exceptionally this year in New York.
In this tournament there will be no Roger Federer: the Swiss champion, currently number 4 in the world, is in the box due to a double surgery and will not play tournaments for the rest of 2020. In Cincinnati (really at Flushing Meadows this season) there will be all but Roger Federer and Gael Monfils.
Among the Top 20 will also miss the Italian Fabio Fognini, currently injured and the Swiss Stan Wawrinka. For Monfils and Wawrinka the real reasons for the absence in America are not known, but everything suggests that their flat rate is due to the restrictive health measures of the bubble expected in the United States and the possible evolution of the Pandemic.
The French Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will also be missing. There are no real officials and among the big names there is great curiosity about Rafael Nadal's decision: the Spaniard has repeatedly declared himself doubtful about his participation in the American tour.
The women's singles
As for women's singles, five of the top ten players in the world will be missing, including the WTA ranking No. 1 Ashleigh Barty and the No. 1. 2 Simona Halep. Out also Bianca Andreescu, Naomi Osaka and Elina Svitolina: five stars in doubt also for the upcoming US Open.
Barty had expressed his doubts as early as early June, while Halep had already chosen to play only in Europe. Andreescu didn't play a match from the Shenzhen WTA Finals last October when he had to retire due to a knee problem.
The former n. World 1 Naomi Osaka, who dropped to tenth place, made it to the lockdown with two consecutive defeats, at the Australian Open against Cori Gauff and in the Fed Cup against Sorribes Tormo. The absence of Elina Svitolina is not a surprise: she said that she was worried about the situation of the infections not in New York, but in other States of the USA.
Angelique Kerber seems not to have resolved her doubts about the trip to New York. There should be Serena Williams instead. Also present are Sofia Kenin, Karolina Pliskova, Kiki Bertens, Belinda Bencic, Petra Kvitova, Johanna Konta, Garbine Muguruza and Cori Gauff.
These are the absences related to the Western and Southern Open: For now there is no news regarding the US Open, although it could be probable that the tennis players who will not play Cincinnati could also decide to skip the New York Slam.