Every year the US Open serves as the 4th and final Grand Slam of the year in the tennis calendar, but due to the COVID-19, it became the 2nd Grand Slam of the year.

A lot of critics and players have come out to criticize the tournament organisers United State Tennis Association (USTA) for sticking to their decisions of hosting the tournament, the USTA stood firm and the tournament is been played despite some top players withdrawing due to them not being comfortable yet because of the pandemic.

To make the players more comfortable, the Cincinnati Open which serves as a tune-up for the tournament was played on the USTA grounds.

On Monday 31st of August 2020, the event started and we had a lot of mouth-watering clashes alongside a lot of upsets. The most eye-catching one was on the women side as no one-seeded Karolina Pliskova lost in the 2nd round to Caroline Garcia 6-1, 7-6 while on the other hand, former Next-Gen champion and title hopeful Stefanos Tsitisipas squandered 6 match points and lost in the 3rd round to Borna Coric 6-7, 6-4, 4-6, 7-5,7-6.

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There have also been controversies 17th seed Benoit Paire pulled out after testing positive for coronavirus while Kristina Mladenovic was forced to withdraw due to isolation rules.

128 players started from both sides but now we are left with 16 players from each side.

The Round of 16 kicks off officially today with the top half of both the ATP and WTA contesting for a place in the last eight while the bottom half plays tomorrow.

The US Open 2020 Round Of 16 Fixtures  

ATP Men’s Singles 

[1] Novak Djokovic vs [20] Pablo Carreño Busta

[12] Dennis Shapovalov vs [7] David Goffin

[27] Borna Coric vs Jordan Thompson

[5] Alexandre Zverev vs Davidovich Fokina

[6] Matteo Berrettini vs [10] Andrey Rublev

[3] Daniil Medvedev vs Frances Tiafoe

[21] Alex De Minaur vs Vasek Pospisil

[2] Dominic Thiem vs [15] Felix Auger Aliassime

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WTA Women’s Singles Fixtures

[28] Jennifer Brady vs [17] Angelique Kerber

[8] Petra Martic vs [23] Yulia Putintseva

[4] Naomi Osaka vs [14] Annett Kontaveit

[6] Petra Kvitova vs Shelby Rogers

Alize Cornet vs Tsvetana Pironkova

[3] Serena Williams vs [15] Maria Sakkari

Victoria Azarenka vs [20] Karolina Muchova

[2] Sofia Kenin vs [16] Elise Mertens

Note

For the first time in the open era, three Canadian men are through to the Round of 16. After Denis Shapovalov advanced on Friday, Felix Auger-Aliassime (who hit a show-stopping tweener in a rout of Corentin Moutet) and Vasek Pospisil (in a come-from-behind upset of No. 8 seed Roberto Bautista Agut) joined him in the fourth round.

Good Time for the Canadians.

Written by Esan Atinuke.