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British interest aplenty at US Open

The 2021 US Open will get underway on Monday and there will be plenty of British interest, with six players from the UK set to be in action on the opening day.

The final Grand Slam of the year has been rocked by the withdrawals of high-profile players from both the men’s and women’s singles, with the likes of Dominic Thiem, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Serena Williams all missing out.

However, one man that has been passed fit is Andy Murray, who is one of eight British players (five women and three men), to have reached the main singles draw, with six of those set to feature on Monday.

Murray, who won his first Grand Slam title at Flushing Meadows back in 2012, will take on third seed Stefanos Tsitsipas on Arthur Ashe Court in one of the highlights of the first round (Murray 13/2, Tsitsipas 1/14 – Match Result).

Fellow Brits Dan Evans and Cameron Norrie, who are seeded 24th and 26th respectively, will also get their campaigns underway on Monday.

Evans, who has never been beyond the third round in New York, will take on Thiago Monteiro of Brazil (Monteiro 5/2, Evans 2/7 – Match Result), while Norrie will come up against Spain’s Carlos Alcaraz (Norrie 4/7, Alcaraz 11/8 – Match Result), as he aims to build on a stellar year that has seen him reach the third round of all three Grand Slams to date.

British number one Johanna Konta will be one of three British woman in first round action on Monday, with the former world number four, who was forced to miss both Wimbledon and the Olympics earlier this summer, set to take on Kristina Mladenovic of France (Mladenovic 15/8, Konta 2/5 – Match Result).

Heather Watson has made it through to the main draw in New York for the 10th time, and she will be hoping to finally make it beyond the first round when she takes on Kaja Juvan (Watson 10/11, Juvan 10/11 – Match Result).

Harriet Dart completes the British interest on Monday, with the world number 141 set to take on former top-five player Caroline Garcia (Match Result – Garcia 8/13, Dart 5/4), while the remaining two Brits, Emma Raducanu and Katie Boulter, will get their tournaments underway on Tuesday.

Away from the British interest, and the pick of Monday’s action could be the all-American clash between Madison Keys and Sloane Stephens, in what will be a repeat of the 2017 US Open final (Keys 4/5, Stephens EVS – Match Result).

Defending women’s champion Naomi Osaka will also get her campaign underway on Monday against Marie Bouzkova (Match Result – Bouzkova 6/1, Osaka 1/12) of the Czech Republic, while men’s second seed Daniil Medvedev, who reached the final at Flushing Meadows in 2019, will take on the vastly experienced Richard Gasquet (Match Result – Gasquet 12/1, Medvedev 1/40).

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