The French Jo-Wifried Tsonga, after a point lost against the Japanese Yoshihito Nishioka, during the 1st round of the French Open, on May 31, 2021 at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris – MARTIN BUREAU © 2019 AFP

TO?? a few hours to face Casper Ruud, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga decided to withdraw from the US Open, affected in the right calf. The 36-year-old Frenchman, who is continuing his difficult season, is replaced in the table by the Japanese lucky-loser Yuichi Sugita.

Nervous and long beside his subject, Benoit Paire came back to two sets to one against Dusan Lajovic (3-6, 5-7, 6-2). The French Ugo Humbert is led two sets to one now by the German Peter Gojowczyk (6-1, 1-6, 2-6), after he won the first round.

Dominated 6-3 in the first set by Serbian Dusan Lajovic, Benoit Paire lacks consistency and has already committed 13 unforced errors in this meeting. The Frenchman is in the hard, and he also gave up the break at the start of the second round. It’s much better on the way for Ugo Humbert, very easy in the first set, won 6-1 against Gojowczyk. But the German was able to reverse the trend and led 3-0 in the second set.

Defending champion Naomi Osaka of Japan is aiming for a third US Open in four years, but she will have to dispel the doubts that have crossed her since the spring, as of Monday in New York where world No. 1 Ashleigh Barty defeats favorite ball. Osaka does not appear in the best of conditions for the US Open, where it will have in its part of the table Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka, who passed it to the 2nd rank in the world.

The one who occupies the throne is Ashleigh Barty for the 83rd consecutive week. Victorious at Wimbledon and Cincinnati, the 25-year-old Australian, also titled in Miami, Melbourne and Stuttgart this year, will be her biggest rival, if not the favorite.

If he is no longer the player who made up the Big 4, with Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, the prospect of facing Andy Murray as soon as he enters the fray Stefanos Tsitsipas is not to be enjoyed. Daniil Medvedev will also have to avoid a trap, the one set by the French Richard Gasquet. Other tricolors enter the field on Monday, including Benoît Paire, who is currently on the court, as is Ugo Humbert. On the women’s side, Naomi Osaka of Japan will challenge Czech Bouzkova, while Sabalenka will face Serbian Stojanovic.

His failure at the Olympics does not change the case. Not more than the state of form of its rivals during the American fortnight which opens this Monday. In the absence of Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer or Dominic Thiem, Novak Djokovic remains the huge favorite of the US Open tournament. The Serbian has shown his supremacy on the tour throughout the season, indisputable, perhaps even more so in a Grand Slam tournament. His titles in Melbourne, Paris and London are there to testify. However, beware of the Next Gen who seems determined to upset the established order. Alexander Zverev, who has never seemed so strong since his Olympic coronation, could well play the spoilsport, unless Stefanis Tsistipas, who had parked somewhat, manages to extricate himself from the ‘a tricky board to create the feel of the tournament. As for Daniil Medvedev, he remains, despite his latest misfortune, a serious customer on hard.