It's time for the last Grand Slam event of the season and fans are eager to see their favorite players in action at the 2021 US Open. Organizers revealed in June that fans will be able to watch the games in stadiums this season.
However, a few days ago it was announced that the qualifying rounds of the US Open 2021 will take place behind closed doors. The organizers made the decision after discussing the Covid-19 situation with health authorities. As of now, there have been no updates on matches during the main draw.
Therefore, the situation remains the same as in the previous announcement. Last season, fans were not allowed to witness the matches when Dominic Thiem and Naomi Osaka won the titles in the men's and women's competitions, respectively.
The last Grand Slam event of the season begins on August 30 and concludes on September 12. Superstars Novak Djokovic, Naomi Osaka and others are turning heads this year. However, Roger Federer's absence due to another knee surgery is a disappointment.
The three Grand Slam events held this year have had fans but not 100%. However, it appears that the stadiums will have 100% capacity from the first day of the main draw. Fans around the world are hopeful that things go according to plan.
The presence of fans would illuminate the final Grand Slam of the season.
Bartoli on Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic has a chance to make history at the US Open. Having triumphed at the Australian Open, Roland Garros, and Wimbledon, the Serb is one step away from becoming the first man since Rod Laver to win all four Majors in a calendar year.
"I would not understand if we do not place him as a big favourite. For me he is the big favourite," Marion Bartoli told Tennis Majors. "It’s a little easier. He has a day off between each match, he has time to think about each victory, he has time to rest before the next game.
I think the Grand Slams are definitely playing in favour of Novak Djokovic." According to Bartoli, the prospect of taking sole ownership of the Grand Slam record will serve as added motivation for Djokovic. "He will try to win a 21st Grand Slam title and be the first to reach this level," Bartoli said.
"I think his motivation will be at its peak and he has the game to win on hard, he has proven it time and time again. To be honest, I can’t see him failing to win the US Open," she added.