When is US Open tennis 2022 draw? Date, time, how it works and full list of confirmed wildcards – iNews

For the second time this year, Novak Djokovic will be one of a slam’s biggest talking points despite not being able to enter.
The Wimbledon champion’s name will not be in the US Open draw and he confirmed on Twitter: “Sadly, I will not be able to travel to NY [New York] this time for [the] US Open. Thank you #NoleFam for your messages of love and support. Good luck to my fellow players! I’ll keep in good shape and positive spirit and wait for an opportunity to compete again. See you soon tennis world!”
The nub of the matter is that Djokovic remains unvaccinated and has no plans to get jabbed. At present all foreign travellers entering the USA are required to prove their vaccination status against Covid-19.
It means that Djokovic is not eligible for a visa, even though he was initially hopeful that a relaxation of the rules would allow him to play.
He had been offered a grain of hope on 11 August when the Centres for Diseases Control and Prevention (CFC) in the US changed their guidelines within the country, dropping the requirement for unvaccinated people to self-isolate for five days after exposure to Covid-19, and instead issuing the same advice to both vaccinated and unvaccinated people.
The travel guidance has not actually changed, but this softening of policy appeared to have had Djokovic momentarily believing that he would be in the mix.
Now that his absence from Flushing Meadows is confirmed, he will probably drop to at least No 9 in the world – and perhaps even outside the top 10 for the first time since July 2018.
Not only that, but Djokovic may also miss out on the ATP World Tour Finals. Having won Wimbledon, he is entitled to a spot in the tournament even if he finishes outside the top eight in the points race – as long as he is inside the top 20. His current tally has him at No 12 but he is only 500 points clear of the No 20 cut-off that he needs to stay within. Being in the draw in New York would not have guaranteed him anything but it would have given him a great chance of securing that spot.
British No 6 Liam Broady had been met with outcry from Djokovic’s fans after suggesting that “there should be a rule against late withdrawals from slams when you know you aren’t going to play – really tough on number one seeds in slam qualifying seeing players they know aren’t playing on the main draw list but still having to going through qualifying.”
Broady later tweeted that he had not been referencing Djokovic directly.
The top 104 singles players in the world 42 days before the tournament starts are automatically entered into the draw. The USTA then awards eight wildcards, and 16 places are reserved for those who win through three rounds of qualifying.
Grand slam draws are arranged – or “seeded” – to make sure that the best players play the best opponents later in the tournament. The No 1 and No 2 are always at the very top and very bottom of the bracket respectively.
The No 3 and No 4 are randomly drawn into one of the two remaining “quarters” of the 128-player bracket, meaning that they cannot face the top two seeds until the semi-finals.
The seeds are then drawn in two groups of four (9-12 and 13-16) and two groups of eight (17-24 and 25-32), effectively to ensure that the tournament becomes more difficult as time goes on.
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