With Sonego and Fognini, 5 blues in the main draw waiting for the qualifiers
The main draw of the US Open 2022, the fourth and last Grand Slam of 2022, has been drawn and will start on Monday 29 on the hard courts of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, New York (prize money 60,000,000 dollars, new record) .
Pending the conclusion of the qualifications, there are five Azzurri in the starting blocks. Guiding them is n. 1 of Italy Jannik Sinner (No. 13 ATP and seeded No. 11) who will begin his New York adventure against the German Daniel Altmaier (No. 93, no precedent). The 21-year-old from Sesto Pusteria, fresh from the round of 16 played at the Masters 1000 in Cincinnati, is in his fourth participation in the US Open and in the last edition he hit his first success in the main draw of Flushing Meadows then pushing himself up to the second round where he was stopped by Alexander Zverev (absent this year due to injury). The tennis player trained by Simone Vagnozzi with the expert Australian coach Darren Cahill at his side won five of his six titles at the ATP level on the fast track (indoor with a brace in Sofia and Antwerp in 2021 and outdoor in Melbourne and Washington in the same year. ).
Matteo Berrettini (n.15 in the ranking and 13 in the New York seeding) is in the fifth presence in the main draw in the Big Apple where in 2019 he reached the semifinal, beaten by Rafael Nadal then winner of the title. In the last edition the blue race stopped in the quarterfinals against Novak Djokovic, absent this year due to the rules regarding vaccination against Covid-19), who would then have lost the final in tears and the possibility of completing one Historic Grand Slam Calendar.
The 26-year-old from Rome will face the Bolivian Hugo Dellien (No. 73 in the ranking) in an unprecedented match. Lorenzo Musetti is at his second participation in the US Open. The 20-year-old from Carrara (# 30 ATP and seeded # 26) will make his debut against Belgian David Goffin (# 62). Musetti, this year winner of his first ATP title on the land of the ‘500’ in Hamburg, has won the only previous one with the 31-year-old from Rocourt in the first round of Roland Garros 2021.
Fabio Fognini, now in his 14th participation in Flushing Meadows where in 2015 he reached the second round by eliminating Rafael Nadal, was drawn in the first round with the Russian, who plays without a flag, Aslan Karatsev (no.38 in the world). The 36-year-old from Arma di Taggia in case of victory could face the Spaniard n. 3 in the world and 2 in the tournament, which boasts four titles won at the Neyworkese Slam.
The last standard-bearer of the blue quintet is Lorenzo Sonego (n. 63 in the ranking), who will see his debut with the Australian Jordan Thompson (n. 103 ATP). The 26-year-old from Turin is in his fifth participation in the US Open where he reached the second round both in 2018 (starting from the qualifiers) and in 2019. There is no precedent between him and the 28-year-old from Sydney.