The U.S. Open will begin on Monday, August 30 in Flushing Meadows, NY. The Grand Slam tournament is more than six weeks away and the drama has already started.
Top-ranked player and three time U.S. Open Champion Serena Williams was injured last week. She will miss all three tournaments leading up to the U.S. Open. According to U.S. Open reports, Williams needs surgery on her right foot after cutting it on a broken glass while in a restaurant. This injury has raised a few eyebrows and there have been no further details about the circumstances surrounding the incident. All conspiracy theories aside, most critics and fans are confident that Williams will be motivated and prepared to dazzle the crowds when play begins next month.
Tournament sponsor Olympus is giving the players a million reasons to win
The USTA announced that the 2010 U.S. Open prize money has the potential to top 25 million dollars, an increase of 1 million over last year’s record totals. The singles champions can earn up to 2.7 million dollars in prize money. Clearly, Olympus is willing to shell out big bucks to produce a great show.
The reigning champions will likely enter the 2010 U.S. Open ranked #7
If Juan Martin Del Potro and Kim Clijsters are able to defend their titles, seven will certainly be their lucky number. Del Potro’s path to victory in 2009 was impressive; he had never won a previous title match. During his unprecedented U.S. Open run, Del Potro defeated highly accomplished player, Rafael Nadal in three sets and dethroned the world’s top-ranked player, Roger Federer in five sets. Clijsters played up to her potential and defeated both Venus and Serena Williams. After battling with the Williams sisters, first time finalist Caroline Wozniacki seemed no match for Clijsters.
American men are poised to make their mark on the blue courts of the U.S. Open
Three American men are ranked in the top 25 of the ATP tour standings. Andy Roddick, John Isner and Sam Querrey look strong heading into the U.S. Open. Roddick is America’s best chance of winning the men’s singles title; he is an explosive server with powerful forehands. Sam Querrey is no stranger to tough play and John Isner has certainly shown endurance and will to win. During Wimbledon, Isner beat French qualifier, Nicolas Mahut in the longest match in tennis history. The match was played over three days and lasted 11 hours and five minutes. Every male and female player in the U.S. Open will aim for the target, only time will tell which few will hit the bullseye.