World No. 1 Novak Djokovic leads the field of the 2021 edition of the US Open, the fourth major championship of the season, held from 30 August-12 September.
The tournament officially announced on Wednesday the men’s entry list, which features into the New York event all Top 10 players.
Since 1978, the Grand Slam is held annually at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center at Flushing Meadows and played on the hard court surface.
In 2020 at the Arthur Ashe Stadium, world No. 6, Dominic Thiem won the first Grand Slam of his career, albeit due to the challenges imposed by the COVID-19 outbreak, there were no fans on-site.
This season, the Austrian player, who recovers from a wrist injury on his right hand, will have the chance to defend his crown in the presence of fans, as the event returns with 100 percent capacity.
“We are extremely excited to be able to welcome our incredible fans back to the US Open this year,” said Mike Dowse, USTA CEO.
“While we were proud that we were able to hold the event in 2020, we missed having our fans on-site because we know that they are a large part of what makes the US Open experience, unlike any other.”
A stellar field of tennis players includes the Big 3, each on their personal mission.
Novak Djokovic will be seeking to achieve the calendar-year Grand Slam, having captured this season the Australian Open, the French Open, and most recently the Wimbledon Championships.
World No. 3 Rafael Nadal will be playing his first event since Roland Garros’ semi-final loss as he prepares for the US Open.
The 20-Grand Slam champion accepted a wild card into the Citi Open in Washington, his maiden appearance at the ATP 500 event.
Early in July, the Spanish player stated: “I have never been there, and it is one more place I wanted to come and play. I am looking forward to playing again, and Washington shall be the best start for the U.S. Summer Swing for me.
“Looking forward to seeing again my US fans that I haven’t seen since I won the 2019 US Open in NYC! Vamos!”
The prestigious tournament takes place on hard courts from 2-8 August.
The 35-year-old has also confirmed his presence at the ATP Masters 1000 Western & Southern Open, which takes place in Cincinnati, Ohio, from 14-22 August.
In between both tournaments, Nadal is scheduled to play in Canada at the ATP Masters 1000 National Bank Open held in Toronto, which runs from August 7-15.
Roger Federer will be back on tour at an event he knows well after his quarter-final loss at Wimbledon.
The world No. 9 mastered the US Open between 2004 and 2008, winning five consecutive titles.
Ranked No. 2 and 2020 semi-finalist Daniil Medvedev joins a loaded field that also includes ATP Masters 1000 Monte-Carlo champion Stefanos Tsitsipas and 15-time ATP titlist and 2020 US Open finalist Alexander Zverev.
Furthermore, ten local players will represent their country on home soil.
The 23-year-old is currently contesting Los Cabos Open in Mexico.
The 15-time ATP titlist John Isner will join them alongside Next Gen ATP Finals contender Sebastian Korda.
The 21-year-old won his first ATP title at Emilia Romagna Open this season and reached the Delray Beach Open championship match - which he lost to Polish player Hubert Hurkacz early in January.