As the tennis Grand Slam calendar year draws to a close, the 2021 U.S. Open begins on Monday. This year’s championship in Queens will give fans a glimpse of the sport, but without its four iconic figures. Serena Williams, Venus Williams, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal all withdrew from the U.S. Open due to injuries. The last US Open without a quartet was 25 years ago.
Despite the loss of star power, the U.S. Open still has many fascinating storylines (Novak Djokovic seeks calendar Grand Slam and professional Grand Slam titles, Naomi Osaka returns and defends her 2020 Championship titles) and the increasing number of young players entering the championship stock, including two players from coach Patrick Muratoglu, Corey “Coco” Goff and Stefanos Sisipas.
In an interview with CBS Sports, Mouratoglou shared his player’s prospects and how he helped develop tennis.
In 2019, when Gove entered the public eye Defeated Venus Williams at Wimbledon at the age of 15. Now, Gough’s breakthrough has allowed her to surpass the youth championship and strive to become a top player. Mouratoglou has known Goff since she first came to his academy in France at the age of 10, and he knew that she was a special player. With Gough’s continuous rise, Muratoglu believes that she will soon win her first Grand Slam championship.
“This is a good year [for Coco],” Mouratoglou told CBS Sports. “Coco ranks higher, but now she is in the top 20 and is a seeded player  In the Open. When everything is moving very fast, this is a good sign.
“She goes further and further in every game, so you think she is getting there. She has a game, it’s just a marathon to win a grand slam, for a young player, in a marathon Maintaining stability is not easy, but if she can be consistent, she can get there and she can win one. I’m pretty sure she will win her first Grand Slam soon.”
Since her fame, Gough has been able to improve her game, gain more control in rallies, and work hard on her second serve, which has plagued this young man in the past.Goff has achieved the best results at the French Open this season (Goff won the youth championship in the French Open in 2018 and is the most comfortable on clay) when she lost to Final champion Barbora Krechkova in a Tight quarterfinalsShe is the youngest player to reach the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam since Nicole Vaidišová of the French Open in 2006.
At this year’s US Open, Goff beat Magda Linette in three sets (5-7, 6-3, 6-4) in the first round, but suffered in the second round. Brutal draw 2017 US Open champion Sloan Stephens.
Experience won in their first ever game, and Stephens defeated Goff with her fiery forehand. In the 66th minute, Stephens won 6-4, 6-2. Although the singles withdrew early, but Gove still participated in the women’s doubles match with partner Katie McNally.
Along with Gauff, Mouratoglou is working with another young and exciting player from 23-year-old Stefanos Tsitsipas. After a very successful Grand Slam season, Sisipas also entered the US Open with a strong momentum. Among the widely touted “next generation” players, Sisipas is one of the youngest players in the top 20 of the ATP, and this year reached a career-high third in the world.
Muratoglu, who coached with Sisipas’ father Apostolos Sisipas, said that Sisipas continued to make progress this year, which shows that his ranking has risen.
“For Stefanos, he’s very close [to a Grand Slam title] Because he is third in the world,” Muratoglu told CBS Sports Channel. “He has reached the semifinals in the past two games. [ATP Masters 1000 in Cincinnati and Canada] In two very close games. ”
Although Djokovic dominates the men’s game, Muratoglu believes that this year’s U.S. Open men’s arena is wide open:
“The pressure is starting to become great [Djokovic] Because now he is fighting for history, his goal is one more grand slam [Federer and Nadal] He has the ability to become the greatest player of all time, so this is a huge pressure. I can feel his pressure growing. At the same time, the young people are getting closer and closer to him.Stefanos Played five sets against him at the French Open, [Alexander] Zverev Beat him at the Tokyo Olympics. [Djokovic] Also had a tough game [Daniil] Medvedev, so these three who should be the top players of the future are getting closer and closer to him. “
Sisipas, Medvedev and Zverev are currently the three best players on the men’s tour who have yet to win a Grand Slam championship. The 25-year-old Medvedev is ranked second in the world and has twice qualified for the Grand Slam finals (Australian Open against Djokovic in 2021 and U.S. Open against Nadal in 2019), while 24-year-old Zverev is ranked 4th, and enter the finals of the 2020 US Open (lost to Dominic Tim). As Muratoglu said, Tsitsipas lost to Djokovic in the 2021 French Open and finished second.
However, Sisipas is the youngest player to beat all the Big Three. Sisipas completed this achievement before he turned 21; he defeated Nadal in five sets in the 2021 Australian Open quarterfinals, defeated Federer in the 2019 Nitto ATP Finals in London, and 1000 in the Shanghai 2019 ATP Masters. Defeated Djokovic in the game.
The 2021 US Open is scheduled to be held from August 30th to September 12th. The women’s singles final is scheduled to be held on Saturday, September 11, and the men’s singles final is scheduled to be held on Sunday, September 12. Get the latest information about the U.S. Grand Slam here.
last year, Dominic Tim defeated Alexander Zverev in five sets to win men’s singles championship although Naomi Osaka defeated Victoria Azarenka in three sets to win women’s singles championship. Tim will be absent from this year’s US Open Dealing with wrist injuries, While Osaka is considered One of the favorites in the female field.