The automatic places for the first round draw of the US Open men’s singles have been decided, and the top 104 ranked players will be in attendance in New York in August.
The tournament at Flushing Meadows is the final Grand Slam of the year, and Jamaica’s Dustin Brown was the lowest ranked player to make the cut.
Australia’s Nick Kyrgios has qualified automatically for a Grand Slam for the first time at the age of 19, as his shock run to the quarter-finals at Wimbledon earlier in July, which included beating former champion Rafael Nadal in the fourth round, catapulted his ranking 78 places to 66th.
Nadal will be looking to defend his title, which he won for the second time when beating Serbia’s Novak Djokovic 6-2, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 in last year’s final in the Arthur Ashe Stadium.
There will be six former champions in the draw, as both of last year’s finalists will be joined by five-time champion Roger Federer of Switzerland, Andy Murray of Great Britain, Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro and 2001 champion Lleyton Hewitt of Australia.
As it stands, Djokovic would enter the tournament as the number one seed, as the seedings are based entirely on the positions of the world rankings, though the current positions are open to change by the time the tournament starts on Monday August 25th.
There will be two ATP Masters 1000 Series tournaments in August prior to the US Open, with the first beginning on August 4th in Montreal, and the Cincinnati Masters will take place the following week
Nadal, who lost his spot at the top of the rankings after Djokovic beat Federer in the final at Wimbledon to win the title for the second time on July 6th, could regain his number one place in that time, as he currently sits just 460 points behind the 2011 US Open champion.
But he would need Djokovic to suffer a run of poor form for that to happen, as Nadal won both tournaments last year, meaning he can not improve his ranking score in that time.
Murray, who became the first British player to win a Grand Slam in 76 years when he won the title in 2012, has dropped to 10th in the rankings due to injury and loss of form, and as it stands, he could face one of the top four seeds in the quarter-finals.
The remaining 24 places in the draw will be given to eight wildcards decided by the tournament organisers, and 16 qualifiers, who will earn their place in the week before the tournament begins.