Rising star Reilly Opelka hoping for Grand Slam breakthrough at US Open

American tennis star Reilly Opelka has suggested that he is hoping for a special campaign at the US Open. 

Opelka, ranked at No. 25 in the world, enjoyed the best tournament of his career earlier this month at the Toronto Masters. 

In Toronto, Opelka made his maiden Masters final before losing to Daniil Medvedev. 

“You never know when the biggest match of your life is going to be,” Opelka said. “As a kid when you’re thinking about what your biggest match is, it’s on a center court, tons of people. In that case [against Harris] it was on the back court, no fans, in Toronto, 100 degrees, super humid, down match point in the third round. You never know when the biggest match of your life is going to be. So far to date that was it.”

Opelka in a great place at the moment 

Opelka has received a favorable first round draw at the US Open as he is set to take on world No. 74 Sonwoo Kwon. 

However, Opelka insists there is no such thing as an good draw at a Grand Slam. 

“I’ve definitely grown a lot in the last year,” Opelka said. “It doesn’t mean that, you know, I’m not expecting to showcase it all in one week. The season’s long. The way the sport works, we’re 40 weeks pretty much. Your top 18 results matter, more than just one week, more than just four Grand Slams. Yeah, I mean, I would love to carry my momentum through this week. But everyone’s tough here. There’s no such thing as a good draw anymore.”

Opelka made the US Open second round in 2019, while he suffered a first round loss at Flushing Meadows last year. 

“I haven’t made a second week of a slam. I’ve got to test my body to see what happens with four, five three-out-of-five-set matches and see what happens. That’s the only reason why I say I don’t know if I’m ready. I’m not being negative; I’m just being realistic,” Opelka noted, per Tennis Now.