WORLD NO. 1 ANDY MURRAY, RAFAEL NADAL, ROGER FEDERER,
NOVAK DJOKOVIC, AND DEFENDING US OPEN CHAMPION
STAN WAWRINKA HEADLINE 2017 US OPEN MEN’S SINGLES FIELD
Field Features Seven Former US Open Champions
and Includes the World’s Top 99 Men
USTA: White Plains, N.Y., July 19, 2017 – The USTA today announced that 2012 US Open champion and world No. 1 Andy Murray, two-time US Open champion and world No. 2 Rafael Nadal, five-time US Open champion and world No. 3 Roger Federer, two-time US Open champion and world No. 4 Novak Djokovic, and defending US Open champion and world No. 5 Stan Wawrinka will headline the men’s singles field for the 2017 US Open Tennis Championships. The field includes seven former US Open singles champions including Murray (2012), Nadal (2010, 2013), Federer (2004-2008), Djokovic (2011, 2015), Wawrinka (2016), Marin Cilic (2014), and Juan Martin Del Potro (2009).
Each of the world’s top 99 men received direct entry into the US Open, representing 39 countries.
The 2017 US Open will be played Monday, August 28, through Sunday, September 10, at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y.
Murray, of Great Britain, won his third major and second Wimbledon title in 2016 after finishing runner-up to Djokovic in the 2016 Australian and French Open finals. This year, Murray advanced to the semifinals of the French Open and quarterfinals at Wimbledon. Murray, the reigning Olympic Gold Medalist, defeated Djokovic in the 2012 US Open final to win his first Grand Slam championship.
Nadal, of Spain, is a 15-time Grand Slam singles champion who won his 10th French Open singles title this year, defeating Wawrinka in the final. Nadal also advanced to this year’s Australian Open final, falling to Federer in five sets. Nadal won the 2010 and 2013 US Open singles titles, defeating Djokovic both times.
Federer, of Switzerland, is the all-time men’s leader with 19 major singles titles and won his record eighth Wimbledon singles title this month. He also won his fifth Australian Open title in January. Federer is competing for his sixth US Open title, which would surpass Pete Sampras and Jimmy Connors for the most US Open men’s singles titles in the Open Era. He last captured the US Open singles title in 2008.
Djokovic, of Serbia, has reached the singles final in Flushing six out of the last seven years. He won his 12th major championship at the 2016 French Open to complete a career Grand Slam. Djokovic was a finalist at last year’s US Open, falling to Wawrinka, and reached the quarterfinals of the French Open and Wimbledon this year.
Wawrinka, of Switzerland, is the defending US Open men’s champion. He won his first major title at the 2014 Australian Open, defeating Nadal, and then followed that up with his second Grand Slam singles title at the 2015 French Open. This year, Wawrinka advanced to the French Open final, as well as the semifinals of the Australian Open.
Also included in the men’s singles field are: No. 6 and 2014 US Open champion Marin Cilic, of Croatia; No. 7 Dominic Thiem, the 23-year old Austrian talent who advanced to the semifinals of this year’s French Open; No. 8 Kei Nishikori, of Japan, a 2014 US Open finalist; No. 9 Milos Raonic, of Canada, who reached his first Grand Slam singles final at Wimbledon in 2016; and No. 10 Grigor Dimitrov, of Bulgaria, a semifinalist at this year’s Australian Open.
Hungary’s Marton Fucsovics, ranked No. 99, is the last man to receive direct entry into the field of 128. Five players used a protected ranking to gain entry, including No. 63 Andreas Haider-Maurer, of Austria, Nos. 81 Thanasi Kokkinakis and John Millman, both of Australia, No. 89 Dmitry Tursunov, of Russia, and No. 93 Ricardas Berankis, of Lithuania. Sixteen more players will gain entry through the US Open Qualifying Tournament, held August 22-25, while the eight remaining spots are wild cards awarded by the USTA.
Nine American men received direct entry including No. 17 Jack Sock, of Lincoln, Neb., No. 21 John Isner, of Greensboro, N.C., No. 23 Sam Querrey, of Santa Monica, Calif., No. 31 Steve Johnson, of Orange, Calif., No. 40 Ryan Harrison, of Austin, Texas, No. 50 Donald Young, of Atlanta, No. 58 Jared Donaldson, of Providence, R.I., No. 62 Frances Tiafoe, of College Park, Md., and No. 67 Ernesto Escobedo, of West Covina, Calif.
The July 17 edition of the Emirates ATP Rankings was used to determine the US Open main draw entry list. Seeds will be determined and announced closer to the start of the event.
The 2017 US Open will mark the culmination of the US Open Series, the North American summer season of seven ATP World Tour and WTA events that begin next week in Atlanta.