The Month Ahead in Tennis - September 2023
By Ed C
Updated 2nd September 2023
The last Grand Slam of the year, the US Open, will conclude in September. In addition to this, there is the Laver Cup for the men and a WTA 1000 event in Guadalajara for the women.
Carlos Alcaraz won his first Grand Slam title here last year, and comes in as the top seed. 2021 champion Daniil Medvedev finds himself in the same half, as does Toronto champion Jannik Sinner, former Finalist Alex Zverev, and Andrey Rublev. Novak Djokovic is the biggest name in the bottom half, but Holger Rune, Casper Ruud, Stefanos Tsitsipas and last year’s Semi Finalist Frances Tiafoe also lurk. More home favourites such as Taylor Fritz and Tommy Paul also find themselves in this half. The other former champions in the field are Andy Murray, Stan Wawrinka and Dominic Thiem. John Isner announced that this will be his last event, with the 38 year-old American holding the record for the longest match ever (vs Nicolas Mahut) and the most career aces, two records which may never be broken.
Iga Swiatek won her first Grand Slam outside of Paris here last year, and will hope to defend her title this year. Coco Gauff, who beat her in Montreal, could face her in the Quarter Finals. Elena Rybakina is also in that half of the draw, as is Maria Sakkari and Caroline Wozniacki, playing her first Grand Slam since coming out of retirement. The other half sees Aryna Sabalenka competing with the likes of Jessica Pegula, Ons Jabeur and Caroline Garcia for a spot in the Final. Wimbledon champion Marketa Vondrousova is also in this half, as is Elina Svitolina, Madison Keys, and Venus Williams.
Last year, Team World beat Europe for the first time in London. This time, a team of Taylor Fritz, Frances Tiafoe, Felix Auger-Aliassime, Tommy Paul, Francisco Cerundolo and Ben Shelton will try to defend their crown. Team Europe will comprise of Casper Ruud, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Andrey Rublev, Holger Rune, Hubert Hurkacz and Gale Monfils.
Despite this event being a WTA 1000, two of the three Grand Slam winners are choosing to skip the event: Aryna Sabalenka and Marketa Vondrousova. Swiatek will play however, as will many other big names such as Pegula, Rybakina, Jabeur and Gauff.
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