US Open: Ruud, Monfils, Gauff and more learn their fate

The draw for the US Open 2023 is now complete, following the end of qualifying. All players now know what awaits them in the first round.

Casper Ruud Casper Ruud at the 2023 US Open (Zuma/Panoramic)

It’s now all set in stone at the US Open. Qualification is over and the men’s and women’s draws are now completed with the qualifiers. Here are the results.

In the men’s draw, Gaël Monfils gets the Japanese qualifier Taro Daniel. The Frenchman leads 1-0 in his duels with the 95th-ranked player in the world, thanks to a three-set victory at Roland Garros in 2019 (6-0, 6-4, 6-1). Daniel also qualified for the Toronto Masters 1000, and dominated Adrian Mannarino before losing to Milos Raonic.

In the top half of the draw, Alex de Minaur (seeded 13th) has drawn the Kazakh Timofey Skatov, while Kei Nishikori will make his US Open return against Brazilian Felipe Meligeni Alves, and Italian Lorenzo Sonego will face American qualifier Nicolas Moreno De Alboran. Finally, Argentina’s Tomas Martin Etcheverry (seeded 30th) will face Finnish qualifier Otto Virtanen, while Thanasi Kokkinakis begins against Taiwanese qualifier Yu Hsiou Hsu.

Eight qualifiers in Djokovic’s quarter

At the bottom of the draw, 2022 finalist Casper Ruud kicks off his campaign against American qualifier Emilio Nava, while Tommy Paul (seeded 14th) takes on Italy’s Stefanos Travaglia. Alexei Popyrin didn’t have much luck, as he drew the Swiss qualifier Dominic Stricker.

France’s Titouan Droguet was rewarded for his qualifying success with a major challenge: he has to face Italy’s Lorenzo Musetti (18th seed) in the first round. Grégoire Barrère drew the Czech qualifier Jakub Mensik. Hugo Gaston will face another qualifier, Japan’s Sho Shimabukuro, while Enzo Couacaud will face the Czech Jiri Vesely. In the quarter of Novak Djokovic and Felix Auger-Aliassime, there are a total of eight qualified players.

Danger for Gauff and Garcia

In the top half of the women’s draw, wild card Caroline Wozniacki now knows the name of her first opponent on her Grand Slam comeback. It will be qualifier Tatiana Prozorova. Coco Gauff, one of this year’s major title contenders, will begin her campaign against German qualifier Laura Siegemund, who is always one to watch out for.

Elise Mertens (seeded 30) will face Sweden’s Mirjam Björklund, while this season’s revelation, Mirra Andreeva (aged 16), has drawn the Australian qualifier Olivia Gadecki.

At the bottom of the draw, Caroline Garcia (the seventh seed) will be trying not to fall into the trap of a draw which offers her in the first round the Chinese qualifier Yafan Wang, recent winner at Stanford and who demolished everything in her path in qualifying. France’s Elsa Jacquemot, replacing the injured Bianca Andreescu, was drawn against Ukraine’s Lesia Tsurenko.

Wimbledon champion Marketa Vondrousova will launch her US Open against Korean qualifier Na Lae Han. Venus Williams, who was awarded a wild card, was also unlucky in the draw to be drawn against Belgian qualifier Greet Minnen, ranked 98th in the world – but she may think that is a better match for her than her original draw, former world No 2 Paula Badosa, who withdrew through injury.

Former world No 2 Vera Zvonareva came through qualifying and begins against lucky loser Yanina Wickmayer, while British qualifier Lily Miyazaki faces Margarita Gasparyan.

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