Benoit Paire criticizes organizers after corona disease

The US Open will take place this year under special circumstances without spectators. Alexander Zverev and Angelique Kerber are the two best German athletes at the start. All information about the tournament in the news blog.

The US Open started, but the German stars are still questionable. Angelique Kerber arrives without competition training, Alexander Zverev is still looking for form and rhythm.

But the odds of going far this year are probably greater than seldom. For women, six of the ten best players have canceled their start, for men Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are missing two absolute world stars.

Who will succeed last year’s winners Nadal and Bianca Andreescu? Since both are not participating, it is already clear: 2020 has a different winner than 2019.

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Tennis pro Paire criticizes US Open organizers: “Fake Bubble”

French professional tennis player BenoĆ®t Paire, who tested positive for the corona virus, spoke for the first time after his exclusion from the US Open. “I am doing well at the moment and I have no symptoms,” the 31-year-old wrote on social networks on Monday. The world number 23. There has been criticism of the organizers of the Grand Slam tournament in New York, which is held under strict hygiene and safety requirements.

The professionals and their supervisors live in a so-called bubble and are only allowed to move between the hotels and the complex. “I still hesitate to tell you what’s really going on in this ‘fake bubble’,” Paire wrote on Instagram. That’s what his fellow countryman Adrian Mannarino said after his victory in the first round

Tennis pro Struff follows Zverev in round two

Jan-Lennard Struff followed his Davis Cup colleague Alexander Zverev to the second round of the US Open. The 30-year-old tennis professional from Warstein decided his first round match against Spaniard Pedro Martinez on Monday (local time) 6: 0, 7: 5, 6: 4. Previously, Zverev had triumphed at the Grand Slam tournament in New York against Kevin Anderson from South Africa 7: 6 (7: 2), 5: 7, 6: 3, 7: 5 and his first win after the Corona break. reached. In the Masters event, which was moved from Cincinnati to New York, the 23-year-old from Hamburg lost to Briton Andy Murray last week at the start. Struff reached his first quarter-finals there in a Masters tournament, but was defeated by eventual winner Novak Djokovic.

Friedsam reached the second round against Kerber

Tennis player Anna-Lena Friedsam (Neuwied) has defeated her Grand Slam curse and reached the second round for the first time at the US Open. The 26-year-old beat American Caroline Dolehide 6: 2, 6: 2 in New York. After 1:14 hours, Friedsam converted her first match point. In the next round there is a German duel with Angelique Kerber from Kiel.

Friedsam last won a match at a Grand Slam tournament in Wimbledon in 2016. After the corona break, Friedsam last failed to qualify twice in two appearances at WTA level.

Tamara Korpatsch as the first German from Germany

Tamara Korpatsch missed her first win in the main draw of a Grand Slam tournament and was the first German tennis player to be eliminated from the US Open. The 25-year-old, born in Hamburg, had to admit defeat in New York on Monday (local time) to American Catherine Bellis 7: 6 (15:13), 3: 6, 2: 6 in New York. Angelique Kerber and Anna-Lena Friedsam reached the second round earlier. There is now a direct game between Kerber and Friedsam on Wednesday.

World ranking first Djokovic with victory in the first round

The number one in the tennis world Novak Djokovic easily reached the second round at the US Open in New York. The 33-year-old Serb ruled on Monday (local time) in the first game of the so-called Night Session against Damir Dzumhur from Bosnia-Herzegovina in just under two hours of play with 6: 1, 6: 4, 6: 1. Djokovic now meets Wednesday the Briton Kyle Edmund.

“I was very confident after the past week,” said Djokovic with mouth and nose protection in the winner’s interview in the almost empty Arthur Ashe Stadium. On Saturday, he won the title at the Masters event and moved from Cincinnati to New York. At the US Open, Djokovic is aiming for his 18th title in a Grand Slam tournament in the absence of defending champions Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.

Zverev fights Anderson

Alexander Zverev has reached the second round. The German number one won on Monday against Kevin Anderson from South Africa 7: 6 (7: 2), 5: 7, 6: 3, 7: 5 and celebrated his first victory after the Corona break. At the Masters 1000 event, which was moved from Cincinnati to New York, the 23-year-old from Hamburg lost to Briton Andy Murray at the start of the week. Against Anderson, who was in the final at the US Open in 2017, Zverev converted his first match point after 3:07 p.m.

Peter Gojowczyk, on the other hand, was the first German tennis professional to retire. The 31-year-old from Munich had to admit defeat to number 24-seeded Poland Hubert Hurkacz 3: 6, 4: 6, 4: 6.

Difficult task in the beginning: Alexander Zverev in the match against Kevin Anderson. (Source: Frank Franklin / dpa)

Koepfer and Gojowczyk are eliminated in the first round

Dominik Koepfer (Furtwangen) from last year failed in the first round. The 26-year-old was defeated at 7: 6 (9: 7), 3: 6, 2: 6, 4: 6 by American American Taylor Fritz, who was placed in 19th position. Last year, Koepfer surprisingly lost as a qualifier only in the round of 16 to eventual finalist Daniil Medvedev (Russia).

Peter Gojowczyk (31) has been waiting for his first participation in the second round in New York since 2014. Munich suffered a 3: 6, 4: 6, 4: 6 defeat to Pole Hubert Hurkacz and has to start the journey home again.

American teen Coco Gauff out on US Open – Tsitsipas Sovereign

Tennis star Coco Gauff first lost her match in the first round in a Grand Slam tournament and has already been eliminated. The 16-year-old American lost on Monday (local time) in New York to number 31 seeded Anastasija Sevastova from Latvia 3: 6, 7: 5, 4: 6.

Gauff had at least reached the third round in her previous three participations in the four main tournaments. The then 15-year-old broke through last year at Wimbledon when she beat Venus Williams in the first round. At the Australian Open earlier this year, she reached the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time.

Among the men, Stefanos Tsitsipas, one of the favorites for the title, easily reached the second round. The number four seeded Greek gave Albert Ramos from Spain no chance at 6: 2, 6: 1, 6: 1. Argentinian Diego Schwartzman was the first professional of the top ten places to fail because of Cameron Norrie from Great Britain .

Kerber sovereign in round 2 – German game awaits

Angelique Kerber has celebrated a successful comeback, reaching the second round at the US Open. The former number one in the world tennis rankings finally took his opening obstacle in New York despite some starting problems, beating the Australian Ajla Tomljanovic 6: 4, 6: 4. In the second round there is now a German duel with Anna-Lena Friedsam. The 26-year-old beat Caroline Dolehide of the US 6: 2, 6: 2.

In the second round: Angelique Kerber celebrates her success at the start of the US Open. (Source: AP / dpa)In the second round: Angelique Kerber celebrates her success at the start of the US Open. (Source: AP / dpa)

Although Kerber initially lacked rhythm against Tomljanovic, this was not surprising given that she had played her last match in the last 16 at the Australian Open at the end of January. Kerber then put a thigh injury inoperative before the corona pandemic tour forced the tour to take a five-month break.

Over the course of the game, the three-time Grand Slam winner got along better and better, and Kerber was especially fierce and physically present. After 1:28 hours, the 32-year-old turned her third match point. Last year Kerber failed in the first round in New York.

Opponents of Zverev and Kerber have been determined

At the first Grand Slam tournament after the Corona break, Germany’s best tennis pro Alexander Zverev meets former Wimbledon and US Open finalist Kevin Anderson in the first round. That was the result of the draw for the US Open on Thursday.

Former tournament winner Angelique Kerber takes on Australian Ajla Tomljanovic in her comeback. The US Open starts on Monday in New York. The tournament is played without spectators and under strict hygiene and safety requirements.

Ex-tennis player Navratilova: US Open title no less worth it

For Martina Navratilova, number one in the tennis world, the title at the US Open this year is no less important despite the lack of numerous top stars. “I would not distinguish between the winners, for me there is no asterisk next to the name,” the 18-time Grand Slam tournament winner said on Thursday on the BBC.

Defending champion Rafael Nadal (Spain) and Roger Federer (Switzerland) are missing from the event that starts in New York on Monday. In the women’s top ten, six players from the top ten will not start due to the coronavirus pandemic, including last year’s winner Bianca Andreescu (Canada), world number one Ashleigh Barty (Australia) and number two Simona Halep (Romania).

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