Five Brits are eliminated on day one of the US Open, leaving only three standing.


Five Brits are eliminated on day one of the US Open, leaving only three standing.

Five of the eight British players in the main singles draws at the US Open fell out in the first round, including Andy Murray.

The Brits had a bad day on the first day of the US Open, as four of them were knocked out in the first round, while Johanna Konta had to withdraw just hours before her match. Dan Evans was the lone player to win on the first day of a jam-packed day of British tennis, with six players slated to compete. Andy Murray, Cameron Norrie, Heather Watson, and Harriet Dart all lost, while Emma Raducanu and Katie Boulter will play their first matches on Tuesday, hoping to turn things around (August 31).

Murray was the highlight of a big day for the British players, who had six of their eight players in the draw due to play on the first day of the US Open.

After a four-hour and 49-minute drama on Arthur Ashe, the 2012 champion in Flushing Meadows put on a remarkable performance against third seed Stefanos Tsitsipas, eventually falling in five sets.

Meanwhile, court 10 was the place to be for British fans, with Dan Evans, Heather Watson, Johanna Konta, and Cameron Norrie all competing in back-to-back matches.

Evans, the 24th seed, got things started with a win over Thiago Monteiro of Brazil, 6-3 6-7(6) 6-4 6-1.

Konta abruptly withdrew from the US Open just hours before her first round match against Kristina Mladenovic, citing a left thigh ailment.

The British No. 1 was replaced by a lucky loser, and Watson and Dart, two of her compatriots, had their stay at Flushing Meadows cut short as well.

Watson, who had been in good form when she played world No. 1 Ash Barty in Cincinnati recently, was defeated in straight sets by 109th-ranked Kaja Juvan of Slovenia, who won 6-1 6-4.

Dart, a qualifier, began her main-draw career by winning the first set in a tiebreak against Caroline Garcia, a former top-ten player.

With a 6-7(6) 6-4 6-2 victory, the Frenchwoman was able to turn things around and defeat Dart.

Murray and Norrie both lost their matches, making it a sad day for the men.

The former world No. 1 was up against third seed and recent “Brinkwire Summary News” in his first round match.


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