Exciting US Open In Prospect

Aug 24, 2013

The 2013 US Tennis Open is almost upon us and this year’s edition promises to be one of the more exciting and intriguing Grand Slam tournaments for a variety of reasons, unlike many of the previous Grand Slam events where picking the men’s and women’s champion usually came down to only a couple of players, there seems to be an air of expect the unexpected as we approach the big fortnight extravaganza in Flushing Meadows, New York.

It was only a few months ago that most fans and tennis media alike were deciding between Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray on who would be the men’s champion in New York in 2013, and on the women’s side the same group of people probably already had the letter S of defending women’s champion Serena Williams engraved on the trophy, my how things have changed, the hottest player on the men’s tour this year is clearly world No. 2 Rafael Nadal and although Williams has been the dominant figure this season on the women’s circuit, her loss last week in Cincinnati to world No. 2 Victoria Azarenka and the withdrawal of Russian superstar Maria Sharapova has certainly added some intrigue to the women’s championship.

Is it now a three-way go for the men’s US Open crown between Djokovic, Nadal and Murray or does making that statement disrespect the chances of former champions Roger Federer and Juan Martin Del Potro, on the women’s side it appears to be a two-horse race between Williams and Azarenka but does stating that fact disrespect 2011 champion Sam Stosur’s chances and two other Grand Slam champions among the world’s top 10 in the form of Li Na and Petra Kvitova, is it really just between three players in the men’s draw and two on the women’s side?…….Of course not!

As we all know, to win a Grand Slam tennis title you have to win seven matches spanning a two week period with the world’s sporting media watching your every move, we have seen upsets before in sport and will continue to do so in the future, there are so many things a player needs to get right in order to be successful at the majors, fitness, form, momentum and luck will all play their part in the next fortnight and any one or a combination of those things could see the respective US Open draws turned on their head, as I stated at the start of this blog, there is an air of expect the unexpected at this year’s US Open, but just how unexpected it will all be remains to be seen, personally I’m looking forward to a fantastic US Open, lets hope it’s a memorable one. :)

Will these two champions be smiling at Flushing Meadows in New York in two weeks time?

Written by: Tono

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