With a dizzying 45 Grand Slam titles between them, crowds at the US Open will be keeping a close eye on Nadal and Williams as two of the main attractions, with the latter’s farewell one of the key storylines. British teenager Emma Raducanu could also have a prominent part to play at Flushing Meadows, having won her one and only Grand Slam title as a qualifier 12 months ago.
John McEnroe, who won four US Open titles during his own glittering career, has backed Nadal to become the oldest player in history to finish the year as world No 1. “He didn’t play the semis at Wimbledon. He lost against Coric in Cincinnati but Coric went on to win the whole thing so it doesn’t look so bad right now,” the American told Eurosport.