The US Open Tennis 2016 will kick off on Monday in New York. Fans will immediately get a glimpse at the top contenders in the competition, including Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.
Nadal will take court before Djokovic starts his campaign. The Spanish tennis superstar will open his title bid against unseeded Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan in the third match of the morning session at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Though he has been bothered by injuries in recent years, Nadal has been in fine form in recent weeks. He competed in the 2016 Rio Olympics, where he won the men’s doubles gold medal but crashed out of competition in the men’s singles semis against Juan Martin Del Potro.
However, he failed to sustain the momentum at the ATP & WTA Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati. The 14-time Grand Slam champion lost to Borna Coric in the third round of competition.
Novak Djokovic Favored To Win US Open Tennis 2016
Meanwhile, Djokovic will also kick off his title defense on Monday night. The defending US Open Tennis champion will face Jerzy Janowicz of Poland in the first match of the night session at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Djokovic is coming a disappointing campaign in the 2016 Rio Olympics. The 29-year-old was favored to win the gold in the men’s singles competition but lost to Del Potro in straight sets in the first round.
But while Djokovic has been struggling over the past months and is reportedly bothered by an ailing left wrist, the two-time US Open Tennis champion is still projected to defend his title successfully. His top rival, Andy Murray, agreed to the consensus prediction.
“Novak, obviously, the last two years, really, has played amazing tennis,” Murray told CBC. “His consistency — what I’ve done for, like, the last four months, he’s been doing for, like, the whole year.”
US Open Tennis 2016 Schedule, Draw And How To Watch
The complete US Open Tennis 2016 schedule is available on the tournament’s official website. The men’s singles draw is available on this link. Fans can catch US Open Tennis 2016 action through online live stream via US Open Live.