The last big event of the Grand Slam season is drawing near, with all the stars ready to take the court at Flushing Meadows. Doubts remain about the presence of some tennis players in this edition of the US Open. Alexander Zverev has stated that he wants to and may even be present, but his adventure on American soil may be short-lived due to his difficult recovery from ankle surgery.
However, the story is different for Novak Djokovic, who is awaiting official guidelines to enter the United States as vaccinated. The surprises, instead, seem to come from the women’s side of tennis, with the presence of all the most important players.
Naomi Osaka, twice champion at Flushing Meadows, in 2018 and 2020, also returns. The Japanese tennis player in this edition of the US Open wants to go one step further: also play in mixed doubles. However, in a tweet she explained the problem that could arise when finding a partner for this new adventure.
“I would like to play mixed doubles at the US Open because I have never played a full match in my life, but I am very afraid of disappointing my partner,” he wrote on his social profile. As he did not give an explicit name for this mixed doubles match, Twitter users took it upon themselves to speculate on a scintillating pairing.
From Daniil Medvedev, someone to «blame» for his lack of doubles aptitude, to Andy Murray, who had already proposed to Emma Raducanu at Wimbledon. Nick Kyrgios could not miss: winner of the Australian Open doubles tournament in pairs with Kokkinakis, he would be the perfect partner for Osaka given the friendship between the two.
Bartoli reflects on Kyrgios
Former French professional tennis player Marion Bartoli considers Nick Kyrgios to be an extremely flamboyant player. «That Kyrgios is a kicker, a player who feels the thrill of the big games, a player who is not afraid to take on the big guys, that’s obvious,» he said, adding: «For me, he will always be an extremely extravagant. player, who will have the ability in one match to get all of them except [Rafael] Nadal on clay and a few [other] exceptions
But becoming a circuit cador by showing up every week is not Nick Kyrgios’ hallmark.» Bartoli also touched on how Nick Kyrgios’ behavior often costs him and the effect of being away from home for long periods.
“He is a player who needs a lot of love, everyone behaves as they want to behave, but we know very well that it is very difficult for him to be Australian and to be away from home for a long time, so at some point he breaks loose. ”, He said, adding:“ He began to appear in Cincinnati against Taylor Fritz where he did not exist and the game was over in less than an hour ”.