WTT Family Well Represented at 2020 US Open

Posted on August 30, 2020

World TeamTennis is in New York for the first major since the Australian Open in January. After an incredible WTT 2020 season players from each of the nine teams will look to use the momentum they gained in July at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

Below are some marquee matchups to watch out for in the first round. All matches can be seen on all ESPN family of networks.


Men’s Singles

Tommy Paul vs. Grigor Dimitrov (14) | When: Sept. 1 Where: Fifth match on Louis Armstrong Stadium

  • Paul defeated Dimitrov in the 2nd round at the 2020 Australian Open (6-4, 7-6(6), 3-6, 6-7(3), 7-6(3)
  • Paul comes into this match ranked 57 while Dimitrov is ranked 19.
  • Dimitrov made the semifinals of Acapulco in February defeating Stan Wawrinka.
  • Paul had a top 10 win over Alex Zverev back in February at Acapulco.
  • Paul had wins over Tennys Sandgren, Steve Johnson and Sam Querrey during the 2020 WTT season.

Steve Johnson vs. John Isner (16) | When: Aug. 31 Where: Fourth match on Louis Armstrong Stadium

Tennys Sandgren vs. Roberto Bautista Agut (8) | When: Sept. 1 Where:  Third match on Court 11

  • Sandgren reached the quarterfinals of the 2020 Australian Open defeating 8th ranked Matteo Berrettini and Vegas Rollers’s Sam Querrey before losing in 5 sets to Roger Federer.
  • Bautista Agut comes into the match fresh off of a semifinal run to the Western and Southern Open where he was defeated by top seed Novak Djokovic
  • Bautista Agut helped Spain capture the inaugural ATP Cup in January.
  • During the WTT 2020 season, Sandgren led the Orlando Storm to their first playoff bid defeating Male MVP Taylor Fritz, Tommy Paul and Sam Querrey.

Other WTT Family Matches

  • Mitchell Krueger (WC) vs Pedro Sousa
  • Taylor Fritz (19) vs Dominik Koepfer
  • Ulises Blanch (WC) vs Cristian Garin (13)
  • Brandon Nakashima (WC) vs Paolo Lorenzi
  • Jack Sock vs Pablo Cuevas
  • Sam Querrey vs Andrey Kuznetsov
  • Reilly Opelka vs David Goffin (7)
  • Alex Zverev (5) vs Kevin Anderson

Women’s Singles

Serena Williams (3) vs. Kristie Ahn | When: Sept. 1 Where: Second match on Arthur Ashe Stadium

  • Kristie comes into this match after reaching the 4th Round at last year’s US Open defeating 2017 French Open Jelena Ostapenko in the process.
  • Serena reached the finals of the US Open and Wimbledon last year.
  • Serena has won 1 title this season at the ASB Classic in New Zealand where she defeated Orlando Storm’s Jessica Pegula in the final.
  • Kristie had a big win over Venus Williams during the July 19th match between the Vegas Rollers and the Washington Kastles.

Kim Clijsters (WC) vs. Ekaterina Alexandrova (21) | When: Sept. 1 Where: Last match on Court 11

  • Clijsters has won the US Open 3 times (2005, 2009, 2010)
  • Alexandrova won her first career title this season in early January at the Shenzhen Open in China. Also reached the 3rd round at the 2020 Australian Open.
  • Clijsters came out of retirement after 6 years and played her first event in Dubai in February.
  • Clijsters was an instrumental part of the New York Empire team that won the title defeating Sofia Kenin, Bernarda Pera, Danielle Collins and Sloane Stephens throughout the season.

Jen Brady (28) vs. Anna Blinkova | When: Aug. 31 Where: Last match on Court 11

  • Brady captured her 1st career title in Lexington early August earning her career-high ranking of 40.
  • Blinkova reached the semifinals of doubles in Lexington with partner Vera Zvonereva. Also defeated Vegas Rollers Kristie Ahn in the first round in singles.
  • Brady reached the semifinals in Dubai in February defeating 3 top 20 players in the process. Jen also was victorious over world number 1 Ash Barty back in January at the Brisbane International.
  • Brady ended the 2020 WTT season on a 5 match win streak defeating players such as Sofia Kenin and Caty McNally.

Other WTT Family Matches

  • Venus Williams vs Karolina Muchova
  • Sofia Kenin (2) vs Yania Wickmayer
  • Ajla Tomljanovic vs Angelique Kerber (17)
  • Caroline Dolehide vs Anna-Lena Friedsam
  • Hailey Baptiste (WC) vs Kristina Mladenovic (30)
  • Jessica Pegula vs Marie Bouzkova
  • Madison Keys (7) vs Timea Babos
  • Bernarda Pera vs Zarina Diyas
  • Sloane Stephens (28) vs Mihaela Buzarnescu
  • Olga Govortsova vs Vitalia Diatchenko
  • Monica Puig vs Margarita Gasparyan
  • Taylor Townsend vs Sasha Vickery
  • Caty McNally vs Viktoria Kuzmova
  • Christina McHale vs Sorana Cirstea