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World No. 1s Nadal and Ivanovic Named 2008 US Open Top Seeds

FLUSHING, N.Y. — The USTA today announced that reigning Frech Open and Wimbledon champion and new world No. 1 Rafael Nadal of Spain and reigning French Open champion and world No. 1 Ana Ivanovic of Serbia will be the top seeds at the 2008 US Open in men’s and women’s singles, respectively. The 2008 US Open will be played at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y., August 25 – September 7.

Nadal, the Olympic gold medalist in men’s singles in Beijing, is the No. 1 seed at the US Open for the first time. He will be followed by No. 2 Roger Federer of Switzerland, the four-time defending US Open champion; No. 3 Novak Djokovic of Serbia, the reigning Australian Open champion; No. 4 David Ferrer of Spain; and No. 5 Nikolay Davydenko of Russia. Americans Andy Roddick of Austin, Texas, and James Blake of Tampa, Fla., are seeded 8 and 9, respectively.

Ivanovic, who won her first Grand Slam title at this year’s French Open, is followed by No. 2 seed Jelena Jankovic of Serbia; No. 3 seed Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia, the 2004 US Open champion; No. 4 seed Serena Williams of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., a two-time US Open champion and winner of eight Grand Slam singles titles overall; and No. 5 seed Elena Dementieva of Russia, the Olympic gold medalist in women’s singles. American Venus Williams of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., is seeded 7.

No. 6 seed Dinara Safina of Russia clinched the 2008 Olympus US Open Series Bonus women’s title, and will play for a potential $1 million in bonus prize money at the US Open. The men’s winner will be crowned following this week’s Pilot Pen Tennis in New Haven, Conn.

Nadal, 22, has won eight titles this year including the 30th of his career at the ATP Masters Series event in Cincinnati. He will attempt to become the first man to win the French Open,Wimbledon and US Open in the same year since Rod Laver in 1969. On Monday, the five-time Grand Slam champion took over the No. 1 world ranking after holding the No. 2 ranking for a record 160 weeks.

Ivanovic, 20, has won two titles this year, including her first Gland Slam at Roland Garros. She also reached the final of the 2008 Australian Open and the 2007 French Open.

For 2008, the US Open followed the ATP and WTA Tour rankings to determine the men’s and women’s singles seeds. This is the seventh consecutive year that the US Open has seeded 32 players in both singles events.

The singles draws for the 2008 US Open will be conducted Thursday, August 21 at 11 a.m. at the TimesCenter in New York City.

2008 US Open Men’s and Women’s Singles Seeds

Men

  1. Rafael Nadal, Spain
  2. Roger Federer, Switzerland
  3. Novak Djokovic, Serbia
  4. David Ferrer, Spain
  5. Nikolay Davydenko, Russia
  6. Andy Murray, Great Britain
  7. David Nalbandian, Argentina
  8. Andy Roddick, United States
  9. James Blake, United States
  10. Stanislas Wawrinka, Switzerland
  11. Fernando Gonzalez, Chile
  12. Richard Gasquet, France
  13. Fernando Verdasco, Spain
  14. Ivo Karlovic, Croatia
  15. Tommy Robredo, Spain
  16. Gilles Simon, France
  17. Juan Martin Del Potro, Argentina
  18. Nicolas Almagro, Spain
  19. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, France
  20. Nicolas Kiefer, Germany
  21. Mikhail Youzhny, Russia
  22. Tomas Berdych, Czech Republic
  23. Igor Andreev, Russia
  24. Paul-Henri Mathieu, France
  25. Philipp Kohlschreiber, Germany
  26. Dmitry Tursunov, Russia
  27. Feliciano Lopez, Spain
  28. Radek Stepanek, Czech Republic
  29. Juan Monaco, Argentina
  30. Marin Cilic, Croatia
  31. Andreas Seppi, Italy
  32. Gael Monfils, France

Women

  1. Ana Ivanovic, Serbia
  2. Jelena Jankovic, Serbia
  3. Svetlana Kuznetsova, Russia
  4. Serena Williams, United States
  5. Elena Dementieva, Russia
  6. Dinara Safina, Russia
  7. Venus Williams, United States
  8. Vera Zvonareva, Russia
  9. Agnieszka Radwanska, Poland
  10. Anna Chakvetadze, Russia
  11. Daniela Hantuchova, Slovak Republic
  12. Marion Bartoli, France
  13. Agnes Szavay, Hungary
  14. Victoria Azarenka, Belarus
  15. Patty Schnyder, Switzerland
  16. Flavia Pennetta, Italy
  17. Alize Cornet, France
  18. Dominika Cibulkova, Slovak Republic
  19. Nadia Petrova, Russia
  20. Nicole Vaidisova, Czech Republic
  21. Caroline Wozniacki, Denmark
  22. Maria Kirilenko, Russia
  23. Lindsay Davenport, United States
  24. Shahar Peer, Israel
  25. Francesca Schiavone, Italy
  26. Anabel Medina Garrigues, Spain
  27. Alona Bondarenko, Ukraine
  28. Katarina Srebotnik, Slovenia
  29. Sybille Bammer, Austria
  30. Ai Sugiyama, Japan
  31. Virginie Razzano, France
  32. Amelie Mauresmo, France

About the USTA

The USTA is the national governing body for the sport of tennis in the U.S. and the leader in promoting and developing the growth of tennis at every level — from local communities to the highest level of the professional game. It owns and operates the US Open, the highest attended annual sporting event in the world, and launched the Olympus US Open Series linking 10 summer tournaments to the US Open. In addition, it owns the 94 Pro Circuit events throughout the U.S., and selects the teams for the Davis Cup, Fed Cup, Olympic and Paralympic Games. A not-for-profit organization with 725,000 members, it invests 100% of its proceeds in growing the game. For more information on the USTA, log on to usta.com.

 

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