Rod Laver Arena has a new name, and Maria Sharapova will be playing in it

Sports superpower Russia, where four-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova is building a new career, announced Monday that countryman Daniil Medvedev would play the 2021 U.S. Open — long considered one of the biggest…

Rod Laver Arena has a new name, and Maria Sharapova will be playing in it

Sports superpower Russia, where four-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova is building a new career, announced Monday that countryman Daniil Medvedev would play the 2021 U.S. Open — long considered one of the biggest matches in the calendar. The USTA said the 19-year-old Medvedev has beaten Ivan Dodig, Stan Wawrinka, Kei Nishikori and Richard Gasquet this year on his way to a fourth-round spot at Wimbledon.

Here’s the press release.

The USTA will be selecting a number of new guest stars on the return of “Rod Laver Arena” for a seventh U.S. Open, with a blend of talent coming from the United States, Australia, France, Spain, Italy, Germany, France, and Russia. The championship round of the Open returns to Rod Laver Arena (17,000) at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens, N.Y., for the first time since 2015, and first time in U.S. Open tradition that each day’s winner advances directly to the match center, which serves as the alternate venue for the semifinals and championship match. As the most frequent finalist in the history of the U.S. Open, Roger Federer is a distinguished member of the men’s roll of honor who has played five finals at Rod Laver Arena, and three with Pete Sampras. Rafael Nadal advanced to his 10th Grand Slam final at Laver Arena in 2012; Federer has played eight finals there; Nadal has played six; and Djokovic has played five. Venus Williams — a 10-time Grand Slam winner with 25 Grand Slam singles titles to her name — stands among the all-time list of Open participants with nine singles titles in Queens, a major record.

Here’s the press release from the USTA.

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