US Open draw 2023 – anaylsis and potential matchups

The 2023 US Open draw has recently been completed on Thursday, August 24th. If you’ve already seen a preview of the draw, you might have an idea of how things are shaping before the full US Open 2023 schedule kicks in. But if you haven’t yet seen anything about the US Open 2023 draw, you’ll soon know all of the important information pertaining to it – as it’s all covered right here!

US Open draw 2023

Within the sections below, I will be covering the top US Open 2023 seeds, which sections of the draws are more challenging than others, mouthwatering first-round matches, and more. And since there is a fair bit to get through, let’s get started right now.

The 2023 US Open draw – key information

Before I actually cover the specifics of the US Open 2023 draw that has been completed today, I wish to point out some key information. In fact, I believe that the details shared below are important for all tennis fans to know and be aware of. After all, each of the elements discussed here has a bearing on the draw in some way, shape, or form. 

US Open draw size

The first thing I wish to make you aware of is the size of the actual US Open draw. For both the men’s and women’s singles draws, there are 128 players involved. As a result, this means that the winner of the 2023 US Open must win seven consecutive main draw matches to lift the trophy. 

Seeds, wildcards, & lucky losers

Starting with the seeds, for the main singles events, there are 32 seeded players in each. This means that 25% of players involved in the men’s and women’s singles draws are seeded. However, where does that leave the other 96 players? Well, these players are either main draw acceptances, protected ranking acceptances, lucky losers, or they are one of the US Open 2023 wildcards. On that note, there are 8 wildcards for the men’s and women’s singles events this year, meaning that there are 16 in total. 

As for the lucky losers, we will only know if any lucky losers are accepted should a main draw player withdraw between now and Monday, August 28th.

US Open qualifiers

If you track the US Open 2023 qualifying schedule that I am updating each day, you’ll see that the qualifiers are taking place as we speak. Yet since the US Open 2023 draw has been completed before we know who has qualified, their respective spots in the draw are simply allocated without an exact player. Of course, this then gives us the possible insertions based on where each qualifier is with regard to their section of the qualifying draw. And just to clarify, both the men’s and women’s draws will have 16 qualifiers each.

US Open 2023 draw – men’s singles

The men’s singles draw has officially been completed, and boy does it look awesome! We have an entire two weeks worth of top-level tennis to tune into at the US Open. And before a single ball is hit, I’d like to break down the most important elements of the US Open draw for you right now.

US Open draw top seeds and locations

Starting with the top seeds, let me reveal the top 8 before looking at their locations:

  • Carlos Alcaraz – 1st seed
  • Novak Djokovic – 2nd seed
  • Daniil Medvedev – 3rd seed
  • Holger Rune – 4th seed
  • Casper Ruud – 5th seed
  • Jannik Sinner – 6th seed
  • Stefanos Tsitsipas – 7th seed
  • Andrey Rublev – 8th seed

Due to how the US Open 2023 draw works, these 8 seeds are split into two halves. And since this determines who can meet prior to the final and who can’t, I’d like to show their locations below.

Seeds involved in the top half

  • Carlos Alcaraz – Seed 1
  • Daniil Medvedev – Seed 3
  • Casper Ruud – Seed 5
  • Andrey Rublev – Seed 8

Seeds involved in the bottom half

  • Novak Djokovic – Seed 2
  • Holger Rune – Seed 4
  • Jannik Sinner – Seed 6
  • Stefanos Tsitsipas – Seed 7

The best first-round matches

Although the US Open, by nature, keeps the top seeds separated until the later rounds, there are still some pretty intriguing first-round games to watch. Let me point these out right now:

  • Tsitsipas vs Raonic
  • Ruusuvuori vs Rublev
  • Fucsovics vs Korda

Matches to lookout for in the first week

While the section above has looked at some confirmed matches in the US Open 2023 draw, how about we have some fun and look at possible blockbusters? On that note, all of the following matches could unfold in the very first week of the tournament:

  • Murray vs Dimitrov – 2nd round
  • Khachanov vs Hurkacz – 3rd round
  • Cerundolo vs Auger-Aliassime – 3rd round

US Open 2023 draw – women’s singles

Will Iga Swiatek be able to defend her maiden US Open crown this year? Or will one of the other players involved in the US Open draw be able to take the title in New York? Well, the answers might just be hiding in the following breakdown of the women’s singles draw.

US Open draw top seeds with positions

Just like I’ve done for the men’s singles draw, let me point out the top 8 seeds in the women’s singles draw before we continue:

  • Iga Swiatek – 1st seed
  • Aryna Sabalenka – 2nd seed
  • Jessica Pegula – 3rd seed
  • Elena Rybakina – 4th seed
  • Ons Jabeur – 5th seed
  • Coco Gauff – 6th seed
  • Caroline Garcia – 7th seed
  • Maria Sakkari – 8th seed

By nature, these 8 seeds have been split into each half evenly. This means 4 of the top 8 seeds are in the bottom half and 4 are in the top half. But who has been placed where?

Top half seeds

  • Iga Swiatek – 1st seed
  • Elena Rybakina – 4th seed
  • Coco Gauff – 6th seed
  • Maria Sakkari – 8th seed

Bottom half seeds

  • Aryna Sabalenka – 2nd seed
  • Jessica Pegula – 3rd seed
  • Ons Jabeur – 5th seed
  • Caroline Garcia – 7th seed

Most interesting first-round matches

Of the 64 first round round matches that will be played in the women’s singles, I believe that the following matches are the best picks of the bunch:

  • V.Williams vs Badosa
  • Giorgi vs Pegula
  • Haddad Maia vs Stephens

As a reminder, these matches can be viewed through any of the US Open 2023 TV live streaming options available. Be sure to check these out when you get a chance!

First week matches to lookout for

When I say first week matches, these include any matches up to and including the third round. And based on the US Open draw that we’ve just been through, I have to pick the following for the most enticing encounters (possible) in week one:

  • Collins vs Mertens – 2nd round
  • Azarenka vs Bencic – 3rd round
  • Pegula vs Svitolina – 3rd round

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