Djokovic denies ATP players talked potential union, boycotts over prize money

Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic

She made her return to the majors at the U.S. Open, and finished the year ranked No. 60.

"I cherish these moments". "It was really meaningful for me to be out here".

"It's been a while", the former world number one told reporters.

Sevastova immediately broke once again with the set going into a tie-break but she was unable to force a deciding set as Sharapova maintained her record of not dropping a set so far in the tournament. World No.2 Simona Halep was her first twilight victim.

The first-round upsets included Venus Williams, U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens and CoCo Vandeweghe, a semifinalist here and at the U.S. Open a year ago.

American woes continued with Madison Brengle sent packing by British ninth seed Johanna Konta.

"Gael is one of the best athletes in our sport but he was not at his best in the second and third sets".

The Frenchwoman, who had a breakout year in 2017, winning two titles, eventually got over the line in nearly two-and-a-half hours.

It was his earliest Grand Slam exit in seven years as he fights back from a wrist injury.

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Several other players - including Kevin Anderson, the South African who works with Djokovic on the ATP player council - have suggested that his main motivation is to help lower-ranked players, especially those around the No 150 or 200 mark.

Djokovic's greater consistency yielded a second break when Monfils hit a wild backhand, but the Serb 14th seed was broken a third time. While the French tennis star is yet to take down Djokovic, the Serbian is attempting a return from injury as we speak.

There were even greater doubts over Stan Wawrinka, who has also been sidelined since Wimbledon following knee surgery and only decided on Saturday that he would play in the tournament.

Six-time champion Djokovic and 2014 Australian Open victor Stan Wawrinka returned from long injury layoffs with victories in their first matches since Wimbledon.

No 13 Sam Querrey restored some order for the USA men with a 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 win over Feliciano Lopez.

The tall tattooed Czech, who made the quarter-final in Australia a year ago, was largely untroubled and is looking for a deep run at the tournament. For a first official match in six months, it was nearly insolently brilliant.

Croatia's Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, the 28th seed and 2017 semi-finalist, was defeated 6-3 6-1 by Aliaksandra Sasnovich.

The forecast was for temperatures approaching 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit), and delays were likely on side courts if the tournament invokes its Extreme Heat Policy.

"With that choice I know that I face difficulties and challenges on the court, and that I start from no ranking and that I might start on some outside courts, and I understand that and that's part of the process", said Sharapova, who was a contentious choice to represent the women's champions last week at the official draw.

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