American players at US Open – who can go far at home?

As the US Open kicks off this week, players from different countries around the world will make the trip to Flushing Meadows for the last grand slam event of the year. However, there are a few players who will be playing this tournament on home soil, and these are the ones we’ll talk about in this article.

Round 4 update

Heading into the round of 16, there were four American players on the men’s side, as well as the women’s side.

Men’s event

Four of eight players who featured on day 7 were Americans, and two of those went up against each other. Paul Tommy and Ben Shelton clashed in a hard court grand slam event for the second time this year, and it was Shelton who came out on top this time (Tommy Paul defeated Ben Shelton at the Australian Open in January). Unsurprisingly, Taylor Fritz’s dominance continued with a straight sets victory over Dominic Stricker. Likewise, Frances Tiafoe knocked out Rinky Hijikata in straight sets. It may interest you to know that of all the players left on the men’s side, Taylor Fritz is the only player that’s yet to surrender a set. That said, there are three Americans left standing ahead of the quarter-final.

Women’s event

Just like the men’s event, two Americans locked horns in round four, as Madison Keys and Jessica Pegula went toe-to-toe with each other on day 8. Interestingly, it was former US Open finalist Madison Keys who won in straight sets, despite being the underdog. The road came to an end for Peyton Stearns in round 4, after she lost to reigning Wimbledon champion Marketa Vondrousova in three sets. Coco Gauff, on the other hand, dispatched former World number 1 Caroline Wozniacki in three sets. As it stands, two Americans advanced to the quarter-final on the women’s side.

Round 3 update

Men’s event

Five American players participated in the round of 32 on the men’s side, and four of those were in the first half of the draw. However, day 5 was a good day for the home crowd, as all four Americans earned their spot in the round of 16. Tommy Paul defeated Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in four sets, Ben Shelton knocked out Aslan Karatsev in four sets, while Frances Tiafoe dropped his first set of the tournament in a four-sets victory over Adrian Mannarino. On the other hand, Taylor Fritz dominated Jakub Mensik, surrendering just three games en route to a straight sets victory. Things didn’t turn out too well for Michael Mmoh on day 6 however, as he lost to Jack Draper in four sets. While there are four players left standing at the end of the third round, all four Americans are in the first half of the draw.

Women’s event

Former US Open finalist Madison Keys had to come from a set down to defeat Liudmila Samsonova in round 3. Peyton Stearns continued her impressive run with a straight sets victory over Katie Boulter, while Coco Gauff dismissed Elise Mertens in three sets. The only other American who went through is Jessica Pegula, who beat Elina Svitolina in maximum sets. Conversely, Taylor Townsend, Bernarda Pera and Jennifer Brady crashed out in the third round of this event. Heading into the round of 16, four Americans are left in the draw on the women’s side.

Round 2 update

Men’s event

It was business as usual for Frances Tiafoe and Taylor Fritz in round 2, as both players won their respective matches in straight sets. However, Tommy Paul had to fight tooth and nail for his win, after surrendering the first two sets to Roman Safiullin. Interestingly, John Isner’s career came to an end after he crashed out in five sets at the hands of compatriot Michael Mmoh. A few Americans lost in round two, including Mackenzie McDonald, Chris Eubanks and Alex Michelsen. Interestingly, Ben Shelton defeated former US Open champion Dominic Thiem on day 3. There were just five Americans left standing at the end of the second round on the men’s side.

Women’s event

Likewise, there were a few casualties on the women’s side. Former Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin lost to Daria Kasatkina in three sets, even though she won the first set. Danielle Rose Collins, Sachia Vickery and Lauren Davis also lost in round two. On the other hand, Peyton Stearns held her own against Clara Tauson, dispatching the Danish player in straight sets. Coco Gauff, Madison Keys, Jessica Pegula and Jennifer Brady also made it through to the round of 32. At the end of the second round, there are seven Americans left on the women’s side.

Round 1 update

This hasn’t particularly been a great tournament for the Americans so far, as most of the players crashed out in the first round.

Men’s event

Despite being the favourite, J J Wolf was one of the first casualties on day 1. The 24 year old fell to Zhizhen Zhang in five sets on Monday. Other Americans who exited in the first round include Brandon Nakashima, Sebastian Korda and Steve Johnson.

It was business as usual for the likes of Frances Tiafoe, Taylor Fritz and John Isner; as these players cruised through in straight sets. Heading into round 2, there are nine Americans still left in the draw.

Women’s event

Things weren’t much better on the women’s side. Former World number 1 Venus Williams suffered a straight sets loss to Greet Minnen on Tuesday night, while former US Open champion Sloane Stephens lost to Beatriz Haddad Maia in three sets. On the other hand, number 6 seed Coco Gauff needed three sets in order to beat qualifier Laura Siegemund, after losing the first set to the German. Jessica Pegula, Madison Keys, Danielle Collins, Sofia Kenin, Jennifer Brady and Lauren Davis all won in straight sets.

Interestingly, there were a few impressive performances from American players, as qualifier Sachia Vickery tool out World number 22 Donna Vekic in three sets. Bernarda Pera also dispatched number 16 seed Veronika Kudermetova in straight sets, while Taylor Townsend knocked out Varvara Gracheva. As it stands, 11 Americans advanced to the second round on the women’s side.

US Open past winners

Sloane Stephens vs Madison Keys US Open final 2017
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It’s important to point out that Americans have dominated this event in the past. On the men’s side, 85 previous US Open champions came from the United States; that’s more titles than all the other countries combined. However, it’s fair to point out that the last time an American hoisted the trophy was when Andy Roddick did so in 2003.

On the women’s side, there have been 92 US Open champions from the United States, with 25 of those coming in the Open Era. Interestingly, 2017 was the last time the US Open title was claimed by an American. Bearing that in mind, let’s take a look at the players who will feature at this year’s event.

US Open men’s event

We would like to point out that a total of 128 players made it through to the main draw on the men’s side, and 18 of those are Americans. Interestingly, four of those 18 players are seeded ahead of this tournament; two came the the qualifying rounds, while three more received wildcards into the competition. Here are some players to keep an eye out for:

Taylor Fritz (9)

Taylor Fritz is the highest seeded American in this tournament, and one of two players currently ranked inside the top 10. The 25 year old doesn’t particularly have a great track record in this tournament; as he has never gotten past the third round.

Frances Tiafoe (10)

Frances Tiafoe impressed at the previous edition of the US Open, reaching the semi-final for the first time in his career. The number 10 seed suffered three losses in four matches ahead of this tournament, so it’ll be interesting to see how far he’ll go when it’s all said and done.

Tommy Paul (14)

Tommy Paul turned heads with some stellar performances at the Australian Open in January; as he earned his place in the semi-final of a grand slam for the first time in his career. The 26 year old’s best outing at the US Open was a third round berth last year; he’ll hope to go even further this time.

Sebastian Korda (31)

The interesting thing about Sebastian Korda is that he has fared better in every other grand slam event than he has on home soil. While the former Adelaide Open finalist reached the fourth round at Wimbledon, Roland Garros and the Australian Open, he has never been past the second round here at Flushing Meadows.

John Isner (unseeded)

Although John Isner is unseeded, he is a former top 10 player, who has 16 ATP singles titles to his name. It’s important to point out that the 38 year old is a two-time US Open quarterfinalist. Being one of the tallest tennis players in the World, it’s no surprise that Isner currently has the record for most aces on the ATP Tour. Interestingly, this will be the former Miami Open champion’s last chance to win the US Open, as he announced he’ll be retiring after this competition. Isner is also known for playing the longest match in tennis history at Wimbledon in 2010.

John Isner
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US Open women’s event

On the women’s side, there are 24 Americans who will feature in this tournament. This includes three seeded players, three qualifiers and five wildcards. These are the main players to watch:

Venus Williams (WC)

It goes without saying that Venus Williams is one of the most successful players in the history of the sport. The 43 year old has 49 singles titles to her name, including seven grand slams. Interestingly, Williams won back-to-back US Open titles in 2000 and 2001; she is second on the all-time WTA prize money rankings, behind her sister Serena. It’s even more impressive that the former World number 1 has been on tour for 29 years, she’s currently the oldest player on the WTA Tour.

Jessica Pegula (3)

Speaking of 29 years, Jessica Pegula was born in 1994, the same year Venus Williams turned pro. Despite being number three in the world however, she has just three WTA titles to her name. This is because Pegula consistently reaches the latter stages in most tournaments, but falls short in the big matches. Jessica Pegula has reached the quarter-final of all four grand slams, losing six out of six times.

Coco Gauff (6)

Considering we’ve watched Coco since she was 14, it’s easy to forget that she’s still a teenager. At 19, Gauff has five WTA titles to her name; she has been ranked as high as number 4 in the world, and is also a former grand slam finalist. That said, Cori Gauff’s best outing at the US Open was a quarter-final berth last year.

Madison Keys (17)

We would like to point out that Madison Keys came close to winning the US Open title in 2017, where she lost to compatriot Sloane Stephens. The 28 year old has seven WTA singles title to her name, and has been ranked as high as number 7 in the World.

Sloane Stephens (unseeded)

Besides Venus Williams, Sloane Stephens is the only other active American player who has won a US Open title. Stephens reigned supreme here at Flushing Meadows six years ago, winning her first and only grand slam title till date. Like Madison Keys, she has won seven WTA singles titles in her career.

Sofia Kenin (unseeded)

Another player worth keeping an eye out for is Sofia Kenin. Although the 24 year old has had her fair share of struggles these past couple of years, she’s a two-time grand slam finalist, and a grand slam champion. To be fair, Kenin hasn’t gotten past the fourth round of the US Open in her career. It’ll be interesting to see how far she’ll go this year.

Venus Williams
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Americans at the US Open: complete list


These players made it through to the main draw on the men’s side:

Alex Michelsen (WC)
Michael Mmoh
John Isner
Emilio Nava (Q)
J J Wolf
Sebastian Korda (31)
Gabe Tishman (WC)
Frances Tiafoe (10)
Tommy Paul (14)
Marcos Giron
Ben Shelton
Christopher Eubanks
Steven Johnson
Taylor Fritz (9)
Mackenzie McDonald
Zachary Svajda (Q)
Brandon Nakashima
Ethan Quinn (WC)


These are the Americans who will feature in this year’s edition of the US Open on the women’s side:

Marie Norris (WC)
Lauren Davis
Bernarda Pera
Jennifer Brady (PR)
Danielle Collins
Coco Gauff (6)
Kayla Day (WC)
Emma Navarro
Taylor Townsend
Sloane Stephens
Katie Volynets (Q)
Peyton Stearns
Claire Liu
Madison Keys (17)
Quinn Gleason (Q)
Jessica Pegula (3)
Madison Brengle
Ashlyn Krüger (WC)
Robin Montgomery (WC)
Alycia Parks
Sofia Kenin
Venus Williams (WC)
Sachia Vickery (Q)
Caroline Dolehide

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