The US Open Championships

US Open

The US Open is about to begin and tennis fans world over are geared up for what seems to be an interesting two weeks of tennis. I use the word ‘interesting’ here because of the recent events that have unfolded, some of them being the very shocking withdrawals by many of the top players on account of injury. When any top player withdraws from a tournament because of injury or personal reasons, it’s quite a loss for the sport. Like right now, when in the men’s draw we do not have last year’s finalist Novak Djokovic, defending champion Stan Wawrinka, World No. 1 Andy Murray and 2014 finalist Kei Nishikori while on the women’s side, we don’t have Serena Williams, Sam Stosur and Victoria Azarenka.

This seems like a good opportunity for Federer and Nadal to try and win the tournament but you can never tell because young guns like Alexander Zverev, Dominic Thiem and Nick Kyrgios are out there giving the champions good competition. Among the women, Garbine Muguruza is in contention considering her recent Wimbledon and Cincinnati wins as is Venus Williams who seems to be very determined this year to perform well. Some good news for all the Sharapova fans; Maria has been given a wildcard entry into the US Open so looking forward to watching her play after long. However, Sharapova will play Simona Halep in the first round, not the first round that either player would have wanted.

Taking place at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Centre in New York City, the US Open is one among the four prestigious Grand Slam tournaments in tennis. Attracting large crowds every year, this tournament is a treat for all American fans and celebrities alike. US Open is also the only Grand Slam tournament to have a tie breaker in the final set.

Federer and Nadal have faced each other for 37 times including thrice this year. However, they have never played each other at the US Open. If all goes well, we could witness a Fedal semi-final.

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