US Open defending champs Novak Djokovic and Flavia Pennetta will attend the draw ceremony of this year’s Championships on Friday, 26th August at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York.
The ceremony is scheduled to start at about 11:30 am local time.
Immediately after the ceremony – at about 12:30 pm local time – the press conference session will begin. Djokovic will be the first player to report the media.
In the latest ATP Rankings released on Monday (22nd August 2016), Novak Djokovic continued his dominance over others with 14,840 ranking points.
He has a lead of 5535 points over world no.2 Andy Murray.
This marks Djokovic’s 213th week as ATP No.1 player.
ATP top 10 as of 22nd August
ATP Race to London Rankings As Of 22nd August:
According to a research done by Brazilian media, Novak Djokovic, along with Usain Bolt, Micheal Phelps, Simone Biles and Teresa Almeida, has been named as one of the five most beloved foreign athlete of 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
The Serb, popularly known as ‘Djokinho’ in Brazil, received huge admiration from the Brazilian fans. During his first round singles match at Olympics against Juan Martin Del Potro, the crowd even chanted: “Ole, Ole, Djokovic is a Brazilian”.
To show his mutual admiration towards the Brazilian fans, Djokovic wore Brazilian flag colored wrist bands during his singles and doubles matches at the Olympics and said: “The people here gave me such wonderful energy, received me so well, as if I was one of them, one of their athletes. I will never forget it. I would have give them back by winning a medal but it wasn’t meant to be. Its sport, we have to accept and move on. I would like to thank everyone who came to support me.”
Andre Agassi, in an exclusive interview to CNN, said that he believes that Novak Djokovic will return to his winning ways at the US Open after early exits at Wimbledon and Olympic games.
“He will come back for the U.S. Open,” the former world no.1 told CNN’s Open Court. “Anybody that knows me knows that I think he should win everything all the time. That is how he separated himself from everybody.”
This is not the first time that Agassi has made such prediction on Djokovic. Two years ago during the first season of International Premier Tennis League (IPTL), Agassi tipped Djokovic to dominate the 2015 season. And Agassi was right, as the Serb sensation won 11 titles, including 3 majors and 6 masters 1000 and finished the season as number one for a fourth time in his career.
Right now, Djokovic is recovering from a left hand wrist injury that forced him to withdraw from ATP 1000 Western & Southern Open. However, he has already began his preparations for the US Open. The Serb was spotted practicing at his academy in Belgrade a couple of days ago. Watch the video below:
The US Open Tennis Championships begins from 29th August.
World No.1 Novak Djokovic’s outfit for US Open Tennis Championships has been revealed.
The outfit will be very soon available to buy online at store.novakdjokovic.com.
2016 Olympic silver medal winner and former world no.4 Juan Martin Del Potro, in an interview to an Argentinian newspaper, reflected on his great relationship with world no.1 Novak Djokovic
“When I beat Nole (in Olympic round one), he told me very kind words which only a great champion like him could do.
“He was one of the people I spoke quite a lot during my worst times. It’s difficult to speak with tennis players without speaking about the sport, but with him I’ve a special relationship and that’s why we hugged each other like that at the net. The day after our match, I was sitting in the Olympic village, Novak came there, he had lost his doubles match, and we embraced.”