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Black excellence will be on full display when some of the world’s top Tennis players take the court at this year’s U.S. Open in Flushing-Meadows, N.Y. This year’s field of competitors includes some familiar faces like six-time Women’s champion Serena Williams, reigning champion Naomi Osaka and French veteran Gael Monfils. But an impressive group of youngsters, led by American phenom Cori “Coco” Gauff, will also be looking to make a name for themselves at this year’s event. 

Here’s your guide to all of the black tennis players to watch during the tournament.

 

Women’s Players

 

Naomi Osaka From Twitter

Naomi Osaka (#1)

Age: 21

Country: Japan

First Round Opponent: Anna Blinkova

Date: Tuesday, August 27th, 12:00 P.M.

2019 W-L Record: 26-10

Best U.S Open Result: Champion (2018)

 

Serena Williams From Twitter

Serena Williams (#8)

Age: 37

Country: United States

First Round Opponent: Maria Sharapova

Date: Monday, August 26th, 7:00 P.M.

2019 W-L record: 19-5

Best U.S. Open Result: Champion (1999, 2002, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2014)

 

Venus Williams From Twitter

Venus Williams 

Age: 39

Country: United States

First Round Opponent: Zheng Sai Sai

Date: Monday, August 26th, 2:15 P.M.

2019 W-L Record: 17-11

Best U.S. Open Result: Champion (2000 & 2001)

 

Sloane Stephens from Twitter

 

Sloane Stephens (#11)

Age: 26

Country: United States

First Round Opponent: Anna Kalinskaya

Date: Tuesday, August 27th, 9:00 P.M.

2019 W-L Record: 21-15

Best U.S. Open Result: Champion (2017)

 

Madison Keys From Twitter

 

Madison Keys (#10)

Age: 24

Country: United States

First Round Opponent: Misaki Doi

Match Date: Monday, August 26th, 9:00 P.M.

2019 W-L Record: 15-10

Best U.S. Open Result: Lost in the Quarterfinals (2015)

 

Cori Gauff From Twitter

 

Cori Gauff 

Age: 15

Country: United States

First Round Opponent: Anastasia Potapova

Date: Tuesday, August 27th, 3:30 P.M.

2019 W-L Record: 21-12

Best U.S Open Result: N/A

 

 

Taylor Townsend from Twitter

Taylor Townsend

Age: 23

Country: United States

First Round Opponent: Kateryna Kozlova

Match Date: Tuesday, August 27th, 2:15 P.M.

2019 W-L Record: 18-12

Best U.S. Open Result: N/A

 

Whitney Osuigwe From Twitter

Whitney Osuigwe

Age: 17

Country: United States

First Round Opponent: Elina Svitolina (#5)

Match Date: Monday, August 26th, 2:15 P.M.

2019 W-L Record: 21-12

Best U.S. Open Result: Lost in the First Round (2018)

 

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