The last Grand Slam of the year begins at Flushing Meadows in New York on Monday with Novak Djokovic and Flavia Pennetta the defending champions. Although the Italian Pennetta won’t be taking court as she announced her retirement after the Grand Slam got over in a surprise move. The Serb, definitely, would be after a surprising loss to Sam Querrey at Wimbledon and then an emotional straight sets defeat to Juan Martin Del Potro at the Olympics.
In the men’s field, there is the big absence of Roger Federer who had earlier skipped the French Open and the Olympics too and is now out for the remainder of the season owing to the knee injury. But Andy Murray would be the player to beat after winning Wimbledon, the Olympics and reaching the final of Cincinnati in his best ever run. Behind him in the seeding order are Stan Wawrinka, Rafael Nadal and Milos Raonic.
Del Potro, 2009 US Open winner, has been handed a wild card after his impressive return to tennis after multiple surgeries to his knee and wrist.
On the women’s front, Serena Williams finally broke her ‘winless’ run at Wimbledon to beat Angelique Kerber and win her 22nd Grand Slam. If Serena, the top seed, wins this, she will become the first woman in Open Era to win 23 Grand Slams with Margaret Court winning 24. Over and above that, Serena will be eyeing a stronghold on the number 1 rank that came within touching distance from being taken from her by Kerber.
Garbine Muguruza who beat Serena at the French Open is seeded three but on a poor run of form after losing early at Wimbledon and then at the Olympics.
When is US Open 2016 starting?
US Open 2016 starts on August 29, Monday, at Flushing Meadows in New York City.
What time does US Open 2016 start?
Play begins at 11AM local time or 8.30 PM IST on all courts. The first session continues till the wee hours of Indian time zone. The evening session begins at 7PM local time or 4.30 AM IST.
Which TV channel will do the live broadcast of the US Open 2016?
The final Grand Slam of the year will be aired live on Ten Sports Network.