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Sunday, August 28, 2022

US Open Kicks Off with 44 Americans Vying for Singles Titles, Twenty in Action Monday; US Open Doubles Draws; One Singles, Three Doubles Titles for Americans on ITF Junior Circuit

Twenty-one US men and 23 US women are in the singles draws of the US Open, which begins Monday and runs through Sunday September 11. Twenty are in action Monday, including NCAA men's champion Ben Shelton and USTA Girls 18s National champion Eleana Yu.

All courts will have streaming, which can be accessed through ESPN+; ESPN will begin its coverage at noon. Serena Williams will be featured in the first match in the Ashe night session at 7 p.m.

Monday's singles matches featuring Americans:

Stefan Kozlov v Daniil Medvedev[1](RUS)
Taylor Fritz[10] v Brandon Holt[Q]
JJ Wolf[WC] v Roberto Bautista Agut[16](ESP)
Emilio Nava[WC] v John Millman(AUS)
Sebastian Korda v Facundo Bagnis[Q](ARG)
Ben Shelton[WC] v Nuno Borges[Q](POR)
Tommy Paul[29] v Bernabe Zapata Miralles(ESP)
Denis Kudla v Karen Khachanov[27](RUS)
Maxime Cressy[30] v Marton Fucsovics(HUN)

Coco Gauff[12] v Leolia Jeanjean[Q](FRA)
Serena Williams v Danka Konvinic(MNE)
Madison Brengle v Ons Jabeur[5](TUN)
Shelby Rogers[31] v Arantxa Rus(NED)
Elli Mandlik[WC] v Tamara Zidansek(SLO)
Madison Keys[20] v Dayana Yastremska(UKR)
CoCo Vandeweghe[WC] v Maryna Zanevska(BEL)
Ann Li v Maria Camila Osorio Serrano(COL)
Alison Riske-Amritraj[29] v Eleana Yu[WC]

The men's and women's doubles draws were released today, after the USTA released its wild cards yesterday.

Women's doubles wild cards:
Serena Williams and Venus Williams
Sophie Chang and Angela Kulikov
Robin Montgomery and CoCo Vandeweghe
Katrina Scott and Elizabeth Mandlik
Peyton Stearns and Ashlyn Krueger
Hailey Baptiste and Whitney Osuigwe
Clervie Ngounoue and Reese Brantmeier

Men's doubles wild cards:
Nicholas Monroe and Keegan Smith
Max Schnur and Hunter Reese
Chris Eubanks and Ben Shelton
Alex Michelsen and Sebastian Gorzny
Robert Galloway and Alex Lawson
Brandon Holt and Govind Nanda
Nicholas Godsick and Ethan Quinn

Interesting to note that all the men's wild card recipients are soon-to-be, current or former collegians, while only three of the women's wild cards have college ties.

Wimbledon boys champions Gorzny(TCU) and Georgia recruit Michelsen, who were 18s finalists in Kalamazoo, have drawn No. 13 seeds and 2019 US Open champions Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah(USC) of Colombia; Kalamazoo champions Ethan Quinn(Georgia) and Stanford recruit Nicholas Godsick face Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia and Hans Hach Verdugo(Abilene Christian) of Mexico.

Brantmeier and Ngounoue, 18s champions in San Diego, also have drawn an unseeded team, facing Rosalie Van Der Hoek of the Netherlands and Alison Van Uytvanck of Belgium.

Defending champions Rajeev Ram(Illinois) and Joe Salisbury(Memphis) of Great Britain are the No. 1 men's seeds. Elise Mertens of Belgium and Veronika Kudermetova of Russua are the top women's seeds, with Jessica Pegula and Coco Gauff the No. 2 seeds.

Last week was a lean one for US players on the ITF Junior Circuit. Only one American reached one of the four finals at the ITF Grade 1 in College Park Maryland, and there was just one singles titles claimed by a US player.

At the J4 in Trinadad and Tobago, top seed Maria Araoz-Gosn swept the titles. The 16-year-old from Florida defeated No. 7 seed Olivia Bustos 6-4, 6-2 for her second ITF Junior Circuit singles title and then partnered with Bustos to claim the doubles. The No. 2 seeds defeated unseeded Alexandra Malysheva and Trinidad and Tobagos's Jordane Dookie 6-1, 6-1 in final.

At the J5 in Salinas Ecuador, top seeds Daniela Livson and Ecuador's Valentina Vargas defeated No. 2 seeds Kristel Isabel Jativa Riofrio Paula Castellanos of Ecuador 7-5, 7-5 in the final, with that the second ITF doubles title for Livson. 

The girls doubles title at the J4 in Chennai India was claimed by  India's Asmi Adkar and Saina Deshpande. The unseeded team defeated unseeded Rishitha Reddy Basireddy and Sohini Sanjay Mohanty of India 6-4, 6-3 in the final. It's Deshpande's second ITF Junior Circuit title, both coming in doubles.