As you probably know this is being played in New York this year, from 22-28 August, and not Cincinnati, and is being played with no spectators present and a raft of protocols in place to keep players as safe as possible from catching covid.
Normally I would open a thread just for Andy's matches but these are unprecedent times. While some WTA events have been played recently this is the first ATP one since February, so I thought it best just to open a thread for the whole tournament.
As for Andy, apart from taking part in the Battle of the Brits organised by brother Jamie in July, Andy's last ATP event came in October 2019, when he beat Stan Wawrinka to win the Antwerp title, problems with his hip having caused him to miss out on earlier tournaments this year, although he was ready to play in Miami had covid not suddenly closed it down. Having been offered a wild card into the main draw in this tournament, as well as getting into the USO as a first alternate (which means that another player had to withdraw), Andy and Jamie both decided to make the trip to New York, flying out from the UK on the 13th, having reassured themselves that they wouldn't be subject to quarantine on their return to Britain.
This is the men's singles draw for this tournament - https://www.atptour.com/en/scores/current/new-york/422/draws?matchtype=singles
- for which Novak Djokovic is the No.1 seed and Dominic Thiem the No.2 - both Nadal and Federer having declined to participate.
Unfortunately once again the tennis gods haven't been too kind to Andy, who is currently ranked No.129, as he's scheduled to meet home favourite Frances Tiafoe, who also received a wild card, in R1. This will be the first time the two have played each other. Should Andy manage to get past Tiafoe, he will face fifth seed Alexander Zverev. who recently added David Ferrer to his coaching team, in R2.
As for the other British men, Dan Evans will meet the No.10 seed Andrey Rublev in R1, while Kyle Edmund will play the unseeded Kevin Anderson. Cameron Norrie came through qualifying and his opponent in R1 will be another American, Reilly Opelka.This tournament will be streamed on Amazon Prime in the UK
, and will be shown on the Tennis Channel and ESPN in the US.Andy's match is 3rd on Grandstand today, so the estimated time is 3:00 pm EST, 8:00 pm BST