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After months of waiting, Australia’s ten-strong cohort is finally ready to take part in the first tennis major since January’s Australian Open.

The US Open kicks off on Tuesday morning (AEST) in a COVID-19 quarantine bubble at Flushing Meadows, New York.

Here’s everything you need to know.

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THE DRAW

It’s set to be a tournament unlike any other, with a number of top players in both the men’s and women’s singles opting out.

That includes world number one Australian Ash Barty, world number two Simona Halep, as well as the world numbers five, six, seven, and eight in the women’s draw!

On the men’s side, the glaring absences include Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal – indeed, it’s the first time since 1999 that neither have appeared at a Grand Slam event.

Other than Djokovic, none of the top ten seeds have won a Grand Slam title, and only his rivals Andy Murray and Marin Cilic in the men’s draw have ever won the US Open.

Djokovic has claimed the tournament three times, and has won five of the past seven Grand Slams. With Federer and Nadal absent, he has a fantastic opportunity to close in on Nadal’s 19 Slams and Federer’s record 20, with the Serbian currently on 17 majors.

A full 14 of the top men’s players and 27 women’s stars have pulled out, while two-time Grand Slam winner Naomi Osaka is in doubt due to a left hamstring injury that forced her to withdraw from the WTA New York final over the weekend.

And the draw was rocked by the late withdrawal of French world number 22 Benoit Paire, who became the first player in the bubble to test positive for COVID-19.

Benoit Paire has been advised to follow state and tournament health and safety protocols requiring isolation for at least 10 days. (Photo by KARIM SAHIB / AFP)Benoit Paire has been advised to follow state and tournament health and safety protocols requiring isolation for at least 10 days. (Photo by KARIM SAHIB / AFP)Source: AFP

THE AUSSIES

Besides Barty, former US Open champion Sam Stosur also opted out, while Nick Kyrgios (world no. 40) and rising star Alexei Popyrin were key outs on the mens’ side.

World No. 26 Alex de Minaur the only seeded Aussie in either draw.

In total, there are four Australian women in the singles, alongside six men.

Australia also boasts a number of doubles teams as well as a strong contingent in the wheelchair division which runs from 10-13 September.

Australian Ajla Tomljanovic headlines the action on day one, with a juicy clash against former world number one Angelique Kerber.

See the full Aussie schedule for round one below!

Nadal pulls out of US Open

Nadal pulls out of US Open

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HOW TO WATCH:

Every day of the US Open is broadcast on ESPN on Foxtel.

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DAY ONE SCHEDULE: AUSSIES

All times Tuesday morning AEST

Women’s singles, R1

Ajla Tomljanovic v 17- Angelique Kerber – 1am

Maddison Inglis v 24- Magda Linette – 1am

Lizette Cabrera v Danka Kovinic – 3am (estimated.)

Astra Sharma v 19- Dayana Yastremska – 9am est.

Men’s singles, R1

Jordan Thompson v Stefano Travaglia – 1am

Marc Polmans v Marcos Giron – 8am est.

DAY TWO SCHEDULE

All times Wednesday morning AEST

Men’s singles, R1

Chris O‘Connell v Laslo Djere – 4.15am est.

21- Alex de Minaur v Andrej Martin – 6.15am est.

James Duckworth v Salvatore Caruso – 6.15am est.

John Millman v 22-Nikoloz Basilashvili – 6.45am est.



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