Novak Djokovic is the top men’s seed at the U.S. Open, while Mardy Fish is the highest-seeded American, the Unites States Tennis Association announced in an e-mailed release.
Ranked No. 1 on the ATP World Tour, Djokovic is seeking his first U.S. Open title. The 24-year-old from Serbia, who lost in the final last year, has won three Grand Slam tournaments, including the Australian Open and Wimbledon this year, and has just two losses for the season.
Fish, seeded eighth, is the highest-placed American in a major championship for the first time. The 29-year-old has reached the semifinals of his last four tournaments, including a title at the Atlanta Tennis Championships on July 24 and runner-up finishes in Los Angeles and Montreal. His play over the past few weeks earned him the top spot in the U.S. Open Series bonus challenge, making him eligible for added prize money during the U.S. Open.
The U.S. Open, the final Grand Slam event of the season, runs Aug. 29-Sept. 11 at the National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, New York, with $1.8 million prizes for the men’s and women’s singles champions. Fish would earn an additional $1 million bonus if he wins his first career Grand Slam next month.
Rafael Nadal, the defending champion from Spain, is the second seed, followed by Roger Federer of Switzerland and Andy Murray of Britain. Andy Roddick, the most-recent American winner in 2003, is the second-highest U.S. seeded man at No. 21, with John Isner at No. 28.
Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark received the No. 1 women’s seed yesterday, corresponding with her top ranking by the WTA.
The full men’s and women’s draw will be revealed tomorrow.