Kyle Edmund, Cameron Norrie and Aljaz Bedene will aim to maintain British interest in the singles on a bumper day of play at the US Open.
Bedene, who will meet Andrey Rublev second on Court 8 in a delayed first-round encounter, was one of a number of players affected by Tuesday’s heavy rain which forced an early cancellation of play on the outside courts at Flushing Meadows. Only three matches were completed on the uncovered courts prior to the organisers’ decision.
Edmund and Norrie, already through to the second round in New York, are on Wednesday’s schedule which includes 87 singles matches.
Brits in action on day three at the US Open Round 1 19:00 BST approx Aljaz Bedene Andrey Rublev Round 2 23:00 BST approx Kyle Edmund Steve Johnson Round 2 23:00 BST approx Cameron Norrie Pablo Carreno Busta
Edmund and qualifier Norrie were part of a mixed opening day for Britain, which was notable for Johanna Konta’s surprise early exit and Heather Watson’s failure to reach the second round at Flushing Meadows for the seventh year running.
The British No 2 will meet America’s Steve Johnson, who he beat last week at the Winston-Salem Open, in the fifth match on Louis Armstrong Stadium and comes into the final Grand Slam of the year with plenty of match practice after winning seven matches on his run to the semi-finals.
“I played him last week so we obviously know each other’s game style pretty well,” said Edmund, ranked world No 42.
“He’s got a big first serve, big forehand. The backhand he doesn’t hit as well as his forehand because he slices it.
“I’m playing well, I’ve played a lot of matches, I’m in a good place. I’ll just go out there and do my best. Once I’m out there I’ll figure it out the best I can.”
Norrie, the British No 5, has already secured himself a spot inside the world’s top 200 when the rankings are next released courtesy of his run through the qualifying and first-round success.
The 22-year-old will next meet Spanish 12th seed Pablo Carreno Busta fifth on Court 6 and believes he stands a good chance of continuing his run in New York.
“I actually like it (the matchup). He’s going to give me some rhythm, he’s not going to serve me off the court. I can play my own game and feel comfortable.
“Obviously he’s a great player and it’s going to be really tough but I’m looking forward to the challenge.”
Who else is in action at Flushing Meadows?
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will take on Canadian qualifier Denis Shapovalov in what promises to be an exciting second-round encounter in the second night-session match on Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Shapovalov, the world No 69, has enjoyed a fine American hard-court wing securing notable victories over Rafael Nadal and Juan Martin del Potro in Montreal in front of his home supporters but will start as the underdog against the experienced world No 12 from France.
Alexander Zverev, the world No 6, will aim to maintain his hopes of a maiden Grand Slam title with a second-round meeting against fellow NextGen contender Borna Coric.
The German won back-to-back titles in Washington and Montreal but will be looking to secure his first victory over the Croat after Coric won when the pair met at the 2015 Cincinnati Masters.
Meanwhile, Maria Sharapova, the 30-year-old Russian wildcard, continues her return to Grand Slam tennis against Hungary’s Timea Babos in what promises to be a hard-hitting encounter
The 2006 US Open champion, produced a remarkable performance to defeat world No 2 Simona Halep in the opening round raising expectations of how far she can go in the draw despite her lack of competitive match practice.
The night session will begin with Venus Williams continuing her bid for a third US Open title against France’s Oceane Dodin in the first meeting between the pair.
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