04:22 PM BST
A different way to prepare for the US Open
04:11 PM BST
Murray ready to go
Andy Murray is confident the injury which interrupted his US Open preparations has cleared up just in time.
The three-time grand slam winner, champion at Flushing Meadows in 2012, had to withdraw from warm-up tournaments in Toronto and Cincinnati.
Murray, 36, was unable to serve in practice until this week due to what he revealed turned out to be a torn abdominal muscle.
“The first five or six days were a bit complicated. There were lots of different opinions,” said the Scot.
“It is quite a difficult place to scan, the ab, so we weren’t really sure the first few days. And then I came to New York pretty early and went to one of the hospitals here and had the radiologist from back home who looks at my scans check them.
“I had a small tear, which is healing. And the last five or six days of practice have been really good. I have not had any issues serving.
“It is just obviously that you don’t take a week off from serving then go full into it. You need to build up a little bit. It has not been perfect in that sense but my ab has been OK.”
03:59 PM BST
Here we go!
03:46 PM BST
Monday’s order of play
Arthur Ashe Stadium
(1) Iga Swiatek (Pol) v Rebecca Peterson (Swe)
Learner Tien (USA) v (10) Frances Tiafoe (USA)
Laura Siegemund (Ger) v (6) Cori Gauff (USA)
Alexandre Muller (Fra) v (2) Novak Djokovic (Ser)
Louis Armstrong Stadium
Victoria Azarenka (Blr) v Fiona Ferro (Fra)
Sloane Stephens (USA) v (19) Beatriz Haddad Maia (Bra)
Steve Johnson (USA) v (9) Taylor Fritz (USA)
(7) Stefanos Tsitsipas (Gre) v Milos Raonic (Can)
Tatiana Prozorova (Rus) v Caroline Wozniacki (Den)
Find the rest of the schedule here
03:34 PM BST
Day 1 of the 2023 US Open
Hello and welcome to coverage from day one at the US Open, the final grand slam tennis event of the year.
Expect plenty of shocks, very warm weather, controversy, entertainment and intrigue at Flushing Meadows as the likes of Carlos Alcaraz, Novak Djokovic, Iga Swiatek, Coco Gauff and Andy Murray all in action.
In the men’s draw, all eyes are on Alcaraz and Djokovic to see if we will get another showdown between the two best players in the world after epic batles at Wimbledon and in Cinnicati this year.
“Carlos is always pushing me to the limit,” Djokovic said. “I think I do to him pretty much the same thing. That’s why we produced a memorable final.
“It was one of the best, most exciting, and most difficult finals I was ever part of in best-of-three, no doubt, throughout my career.
“That’s why I fell on the ground after I won the match because it felt like winning a grand slam, to be honest. The amount of exchanges and rallies. It was physically so demanding and gruelling that I felt very exhausted for the next few days.
“Those are kind of the moments in matches that I still push myself on a daily basis, day in and day out, practice, sacrifice, commitment. At 36, I still have the drive.”
In the women’s draw, Gauff is coming into her home tournament in the form of her life after backing up her WTA 500 triumph in Washington by beating Swiatek and French Open finalist Karolina Muchova in back-to-back matches to claim her third title of the season in Cincinnati.
Since her first-round exit at Wimbledon, Gauff is 11-1 on hardcourts with her only loss coming in Montreal to Jessica Pegula.
She said: “Obviously the goal is to win a Slam but I’m not going to be (thinking), ‘OK, well, I’m supposed to be the U.S. Open champion.’ That’s not the mindset that I have. And when people put that on me, I have no choice but to accept it and just know that it comes from the heart.”
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