No. second seed Nadal will meet the world's No. 2 seed Rinky Hijikata on Saturday at 7 p.m. ET in Arthur Ashe Stadium for the opening match of the championship.
Nadal, 36 years old Nadal was ranked the world's No. 1 for 209 consecutive weeks and was ranked as the year's end No. one five times during his career.
Hijikata is an Australian-Japanese tennis player that has made an ATP major draw debut during the 2022 Melbourne Summer Set 1.