Current list of US Open withdrawals in Men's and Women's draw
The US Open begins on 31 August but already there has been a spate of withdrawals especially on the WTA side of the draw with four out of the top ten missing.
This was flanked on Thursday with defending champion Bianca Andreescu joining the men's champion Rafael Nadal in withdrawing; meaning that only doubles may see a repeat winner.
Ashleigh Barty as number one seed in WTA was one of the first to drop out of proceedings ; despite initially being in entry lists, Elina Svitolina who was a doubt anyway; as well as Kiki Bertens due to the 14-day quarantine after as fifth and sixth seeds.
Simona Halep, the number two seed is also a major doubt; after admitting that a final decision has not been made yet. She is currently over in Prague playing the clay-court tournament, so could focus on Roland Garros.
Serena Williams would follow as the next requisite seed. Along the other names in the WTA to withdraw include Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (#29), former champion Svetlana Kuznetsova (#32) and Palermo winner Fiona Ferro (#44).
The men's entry list is looking less light albeit with some big names missing alongside Nadal. Roger Federer was always going to be missing COVID or not due to injury.
Gael Monfils similar to his girlfriend, Elina Svitolina has also decided against playing at Flushing Meadows.
Further down, a trio of Frenchman in Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (#49), Lucas Pouille (#58), and Pierre-Hugues Herbert have also decided not to travel - with the latter in particular having his partner expecting their first child.
With further doubts about COVID-19, new names are getting added every day and a mass exodus further of players could still take place.