US Open Seedings: Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams On Top And Tournament Favorites

by Staff | August 23rd, 2016, 2:49 pm

For the fourth straight year, Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams have been named top seeds at the US Open.

The men’s field is without Roger Federer for the first time since 1999 but it does past winners Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, Marin Cilic and Juan Martin del Potro who was given a wildcard.

Djokovic, 29, is 51-5 this year and won his 11th and 12th Grand Slam singles titles at the Australian Open and French Open, respectively. Murray comes into the US Open as the reigning Wimbledon champion and the won the gold medal in men’s singles at the Rio Olympics.

Four American men are seeded at this year’s US Open—No. 19 Steve Johnson, No. 20 John Isner, No. 26 Jack Sock, and No. 29 Sam Querrey.

Tomas Berdych is the other big name to have withdrawn.

In the women’s draw, Serena Williams and sister Venus along with Sam Stosur and Svetlana Kuznetsova are past champions.

This year, Serena is looking to break the record for the most Grand Slam singles titles in the Open Era. At Wimbledon, Williams tied Steffi Graf for the most major titles when Williams won her 22nd Grand Slam singles title.

No. 2 seed Angelique Kerber nearly unseated Serena for No. 1 Sunday in Cincinnati.

Two-time finalist Victoria Azarenka withdrew due to pregnancy.

The main draw will be made on Friday at 11:30am and the tournament begins on Monday.

For the seedings, the tournament used the current ATP and WTA rankings.

2016 US Open Men’s Singles Seeds
1. Novak Djokovic, Serbia
2. Andy Murray, Great Britain
3. Stan Wawrinka, Switzerland
4. Rafael Nadal, Spain
5. Milos Raonic, Canada
6. Kei Nishikori, Japan
7. Marin Cilic, Croatia
8. Dominic Thiem, Austria
9. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, France
10. Gael Monfils, France
11. David Ferrer, Spain
12. David Goffin, Belgium
13. Richard Gasquet, France
14. Nick Kyrgios, Australia
15. Roberto Bautista Agut, Spain
16. Feliciano Lopez, Spain
17. Bernard Tomic, Australia
18. Pablo Cuevas, Uruguay
19. Steve Johnson, United States
20. John Isner, United States
21. Ivo Karlovic, Croatia
22. Grigor Dimitrov, Bulgaria
23. Kevin Anderson, South Africa
24. Lucas Pouille, France
25. Philipp Kohlschreiber, Germany
26. Jack Sock, United States
27. Alexander Zverev, Germany
28. Martin Klizan, Slovakia
29. Sam Querrey, United States
30. Gilles Simon, France
31. Albert Ramos-Vinolas, Spain
32. Benoit Paire, France

2016 US Open Women’s Singles Seeds
1. Serena Williams, United States
2. Angelique Kerber, Germany
3. Garbiñe Muguruza, Spain
4. Agnieszka Radwanska, Poland
5. Simona Halep, Romania
6. Venus Williams, United States
7. Roberta Vinci, Italy
8. Madison Keys, United States
9. Svetlana Kuznetsova, Russia
10. Karolina Pliskova, Czech Republic
11. Carla Suarez Navarro, Spain
12. Dominika Cibulkova, Slovakia
13. Johanna Konta, Great Britain
14. Petra Kvitova, Czech Republic
15. Timea Bacsinszky, Switzerland
16. Samantha Stosur, Australia
17. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Russia
18. Barbora Strycova, Czech Republic
19. Elena Vesnina, Russia
20. Kiki Bertens, Netherlands
21. Irina-Camelia Begu, Romania
22. Elina Svitolina, Ukraine
23. Daria Kasatkina, Russia
24. Sloane Stephens, United States
25. Belinda Bencic, Switzerland
26. Caroline Garcia, France
27. Laura Siegemund, Germany
28. Sara Errani, Italy
29. CoCo Vandeweghe, United States
30. Ana Ivanovic, Serbia
31. Misaki Doi, Japan
32. Timea Babos, Hungary

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16 Comments for US Open Seedings: Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams On Top And Tournament Favorites

Daniel Says:

Where will DelPo land? That is the big question now.

Willow Says:

It will be interesting to see where Delpo ends up, he can certainly trouble one of the elite players, then he will most probably lose to a player you expect him to beat handily, he beat Novak and Rafa at the Olys then lost to Murray, and playing opponents close means doodle squat if you then still lose, and bearing in mind they were best of 3 sets anyway, best of five you need alot more stamina, sorry but i just dont bye into this amazing run, top 5 ranking, multiple GS, Masters etc that people keep saying will happen but never does, 7 years since Delpo won the USO, and hes done nothing of note since, i will be happy to be proved wrong, but im not holding my breath, attack me all you like as i dont care ….

Giles Says:

Hopefully in joker’s way. Lol

RZ Says:

Thanks for the article AM. BTW, I never responded to your question of how I celebrated Andy’s Rio gold. To be honest, I just slept because I was so exhausted! I’ll come up with something better if he wins the US Open. :-)

RZ Says:

I had posted on another thread saying that I didn’t think I could do the US Open racket bracket before Sunday and had asked if Jalep or Kimberly could do it. But now it turns out that I will be able to arrange it. So please check for it later this week. I’ll try to get it up by Friday (possibly late Friday).

AndyMira Says:

@RZ..ha ha ha..that’s alright sis,celebration is not important..the most valuable thing was that he won,right?And that’s the most expensive gift to all his fans..and i hope he will add his 4th slams soon..this is the right time for him to do that..

Frank frankovich Says:

Rooting for Andy and delpo.

Brian Says:

To Willow:
Delpo has done nothing in 7 years? You mean other than 3 or 4 wrist surgeries? Silver medal in the Olympics. Played Murray (world no. 2?) at Olympics with zero in tank. Beat Djokovic and Nadal to get there. Bring some facts to the table, bro, if you want to try and trash a U.S.Open champion. I bet you could pick Roger Federer apart, too. BTW, do you know which end of a racquet to hold? Just curious.

Willow Says:

Brian true, but theres no need for the insults, and i meant on a tennis court, im just using some context, yep he has won two Olympic medals so i apologize for that, and as i did already say he can have great results against the elite player, but more often than not when it comes to the slams especially he does have maybe one or two amazing results, then will lose to someone you would expect him to beat handily, the last time he had a great run besides the USO in 2009 was 2013 W semi, and Masters 1000 against Nadal of the same year IW pushing him close, i still dont believe he has the stamina for 5 sets, but i will be happy to be proved wrong, as i do like the guy ….

BTW I Have always given Roger alot of credit for his achievements hes the greatest ever IMO, so you shouldnt pass judgement on me when you know nothing about me, as youve not been here long enough, so dont put words into my mouth, as i dont appreciate it ….

Willow Says:

^To add im a female not a male, and although i dont play tennis, im well aware of which end you hold a tennis raquet, im a care assistant FYI, so no need for the sarcasm ^ ….

Humble Rafa Says:

Steve Johnson
Given that his parents didn’t work hard at his name, they did have some money to put him through tennis training. Mr. Vanilla may be the breakout star for the US.

To be clear, “Breakout US Star” means he will reach the fourth round.

J-Kath Says:

Willow: I have been away too, but delighted you were back when I returned. We need your breath of fresh air.

To Brian: Welcome. Opinions on players are welcome – no matter how varied – such a pity… attacked on a personal basis.

“BTW, do you know which end of a racquet to hold?” is pretty challenging when you haven’t “met” them before????

Willow Says:

J-Kath thankyou for the breath of fresh air bit, dont know who will agree on that bit though lol ? and i will say the feelings mutual, i had a lovely break, found out from my Manager by phone that i had passed my diploma too, and ive another camp coming up next weekend, and will be away and miss much of the USO unfortunatly, anyway enough about me i hope your well and enjoyed your break, and also nice to see you back, as i missed you too ;-)) ….

J-Kath Says:

Willow: Well done re. Diploma – no stopping you now. Have an even lovelier break….by the time you go, we’ll all be holding a collective breath for our favourite – hopefully.

Willow Says:

J-Kath yeah, hope its either Nadal (yeah, i can here the sniggering of no chance ), or Murray, in that order for the USO, but i think Murray stands a better chance, as the news on Rafas wrist is sketchy at best, and nobody knows what shape Novaks in regarding his wrist either ? ….

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