After almost nine months, tennis players return to play a Grand Slam: the US Open 2020, the event that usually closes the Majors season is, in this exceptional year, only the second Grand Slam of the season, after the cancellation of Wimbledon and the move to the end of September of the Roland Garros, due to the global pandemic.
Well, despite many notable absences like those of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Stan Wawrinka, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Nick Kyrgios, Kei Nishikori, Ashleigh Barty and Simona Halep, the long-awaited US Open in the Flushing Meadows health bubble has finally begun.
In men's singles victories for Denis Shapovalov, Alexander Zverev, David Goffin and the seed no.1 Novak Djokovic. In the second round of the women's singles Marketa Vondousova, Angelique Kerber, Karolina Pliskova, Petra Kvitova, Dayana Yastremska and Naomi Osaka.
Out the youn home star-Cori Gauff. Today on the court Serena Williams, Andy Murray, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Dominic Thiem.
US Open day 1: between Bubbles and Bull***ts!
Kristina Mladenovic has come into contact with Benoit Paire, the first US Open bubble coronavirus positive player.
Now she has to comply with even stricter measures: "I'm only allowed to play my game, I can't literally do anything else. I can't go to the gym or do any of the other public activities in the bubble. I'm completely alone with my brother and coach, it's practically a new bubble in the bubble!
Mentally it's tough." Noah Rubin also took sides against the organization of the US Open and above all the bubble: "This bubble thing is a bull***t! Only the staff who work in the locker rooms stay in the hotels with us.
Then there's a a lot of people who come home in the evening and then could contract the virus and bring it into the bubble. Like those who drive the buses that take us to the club. So what's the point of us sleeping in hotels too? It's incredible."
Meanwhile, the new PTPA of Novak Djokovic and Vasek Pospisil is being born. Various controversies have arisen around this association, there are tennis players who have joined and others who prefer to stay out of it. In recent days, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have also commented on this story, recalling that this 2020 is a special year and we must absolutely remain calm and above all united.
A lot of news considering that it is only the first day of the American Slam: considering that there are not half of the top-players or the crowd, US Open day 1 was already full of surprises and controversy.