American tennis legend and 18-time Grand Slam champion Martina Navratilova does not believe this year’s US Open titles will not be devalued by the absence of several top players in New York due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The women’s draw has seen six of the top 10 players, including Canadian defending champion Bianca Andreescu, world No. 1 Ash Barty of Australia and reigning Wimbledon champion Simone Halep are among those who have dropped out of the Grand Slam event starts at Flushing Meadows on Monday, August 31, 2020.
On the men’s side, Spaniard great and world No. 2 Rafael Nadal of Spain will also not defend his title while 2016 champion Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland has not travelled to New York for the hardcourt Grand Slam. Swiss star and 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer missing because of a knee injury.
American Six-time champion Serena Williams bidding for a 24th Grand Slam major title, and 2018 winner Naomi Osaka of Japan is playing.
Serbia’s star and world No. 1 Novak Djokovic is playing as he targets an 18th Grand Slam major title.