Nadal, Pliskova head US Open seedings

Published by Matt Trollope

Rafael Nadal, who rose to world No.1 this week, will be the top seed at the US Open in 2017; Getty Images
Rafael Nadal and Karolina Pliskova are the top seeds at the US Open in 2017, where several men have benefitted from the absence of the big names.

Heading the seedings this year at the US Open are world No.1s Rafael Nadal and Karolina Pliskova.

Nadal, who returned to world No.1 this week after a three-year absence from the summit, heads a depleted field missing four of the world’s top 11.

As a result, several men have benefitted from boosts to their seeding; one example is Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who has been elevated to a top-eight seeding despite being ranked 12th.

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Nadal is a two-time champion in New York (2010 and 2013) and last year fell in the fourth round to Lucas Pouille.

On the women’s side, Pliskova, last year’s finalist, heads a dense field where eight women could finish the Flushing Meadows fortnight with the No.1 ranking.

Defending champion Angelique Kerber is seeded sixth, while former champions Svetlana Kuznetsova and Venus Williams are seeded at No.8 and No.9 respectively.

MEN Seed WOMEN
Rafael Nadal 1 Karolina Pliskova
Andy Murray 2 Simona Halep
 Roger Federer 3 Garbine Muguruza
Alexander Zverev 4 Elina Svitolina
Marin Cilic 5 Caroline Wozniacki
Dominic Thiem 6 Angelique Kerber
Grigor Dimitrov 7 Johanna Konta
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 8 Svetlana Kuznetsova
David Goffin 9 Venus Williams
John Isner 10 Agnieszka Radwanska
Roberto Bautista Agut 11 Dominika Cibulkova
Pablo Carreno Busta 12 Jelena Ostapenko
Jack Sock 13 Petra Kvitova
Nick Kyrgios 14 Kristina Mladenovic
Tomas Berdych 15 Madison Keys
Lucas Pouille 16 Anastasija Sevastova
Sam Querrey 17 Elena Vesnina
Gael Monfils 18 Caroline Garcia
Gilles Muller 19 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
Albert Ramos-Vinolas 20 CoCo Vandeweghe
David Ferrer 21 Ana Konjuh
Fabio Fognini 22 Peng Shuai
Mischa Zverev 23 Barbora Strycova
Juan Martin del Potro 24 Kiki Bertens
Karen Khachanov 25 Daria Gavrilova
Richard Gasquet 26 Anett Kontaveit
Pablo Cuevas 27 Zhang Shuai
Kevin Anderson 28 Lesia Tsurenko
Diego Schwartzman 29 Mirjana Lucic-Baroni
Adrian Mannarino 30 Julia Goerges
Feliciano Lopez 31 Magdalena Rybarikova
Robin Haase 32 Lauren Davis
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