Novak Djokovic let his emotions get the better of him while Naomi Osaka moved on to the semifinals. The 2020 U.S. Open Tennis Tournament has been nothing if not full of surprises. Check out our mid-week update on the 2020 U.S. Open so you can wager on their Tennis odds!
COVID-19 Tennis Update – September 9th Edition
- When: August 30 – September 13
- Where: Flushing Meadows, NY
Djokovic disqualifies himself
Tennis players are emotional individuals. Like golfers, though, pros that can keep their emotions at bay are often more successful than their peers. Novak Djokovic, the top men’s tennis player in the world, made a massive mistake in a match against Pablo Carreno Busta over the weekend.
Before heading to the bench for a break, Djokovic, obviously frustrated, hit the tennis ball behind him. Because he’s Novak Djokovic even tennis balls he doesn’t mean to hit with force and accuracy have force and are accurate.
The one Novak hit landed onto the throat of a woman U.S. Open official. Other officials concurred, she got hurt because of the incident, and decided to disqualify Novak. To his credit, Djokovic accepted the disqualification. For the tournament, the move is massive.
Since 2016, either Rafal Nadal or Novak Djokovic has won the U.S. Open. Rafa has taken the U.S. Open four times since 2010. Novak has won it 3 times in that span. Nadal decided to sit this one out due to the coronavirus. That made Djokovic a -350 chalk.
Now that he’s out, those who backed Carreno Busta or Alexander Zverev are doing cartwheels. Carreno Busta and Zverev take to the court in a semifinal match on Sep. 10. On Sep. 9, Andrey Rublev and Daniil Medvedev play in one quarterfinals match. The other quarterfinal is a face-off between Alex De Minaur and Dominic Thiem.
No remaining player has ever won the U.S. Open, which makes the 2020 tournament special for more than just the fact it’s happening during a pandemic.
Naomi heads to semifinals, Serena takes on Pironkova on Wednesday
Although the women’s side hasn’t produced as much non-tennis drama, we’re on track for a rematch of the 2018 final. In that U.S. Open Women’s Singles Final, Naomi Osaka burst onto the tennis scene with a win over Serena Williams.
Naomi takes the court against American Jennifer Brady in a semifinal on Thursday. Serena must beat Tsvetana Pironkova on Wednesday. If she’s victorious, Williams takes on the winner between Victoria Azarenka and Elise Martens in Thursday’s late semifinal match.
Don’t forget that the semifinals happen on Thursday with the finals happening over the weekend. By Sunday, we will know who the Men’s Singles and Women’s Singles 2020 U.S. Open Tennis winners are!