The United States Open is coming up. The dates for the final tennis major are August 27th through September 9th. The field has 128 players for the men. It also has 128 players for the women. The seeds for those draws will be announced on Friday, August 24th. Before the USTA weighs in with their thinking on the players, we are offering our own preview of the key questions surrounding both draws along with our predictions for how the $50,400,000 in prize money will get distributed over two weeks of great tennis.
On the men’s side of draw, there are a series of big questions as we head into Flushing Meadows. Can Roger recover from his tough 5-set loss to Anderson at Wimbledon? Can Djokovic contain his ugly temper and continue his solid 2018 recovery campaign that includes a big win over Federer in Cinncinati? What about some of the emerging stars with big serves that are well-suited to the hard courts such as Isner and Anderson? These questions make this U.S. Open one of the most exciting in recent memory.
On the women’s side of the draw, Serena is just one of the big storylines. What can we expect from Kerber, including the learning from her tough 3-set loss to Maddy Keys in Cincinnati? Will Sloane Stephens mount a strong defense of her 2017 title? And then of course, there is Serena. At Wimbledon, she did not have her A-game in the final. Will she be able to perform at her legendary level for two full weeks? There is going be lots of drama as Kerber, Serena, Keys and a collection of other greats vie for the championship.
If you are like me, you can’t wait for the end of August and the U.S. Open. It is the last major and this year brings lots of important questions to be answered. I like Serena in an amazing two-week march to the championship. For the men, I like Roger (notwithstanding his loss in the finals in Cincinnati) and am hoping for an epic final against either Nadal or a surging Djokovic.
It’s a tournament for the ages and it all begins on August 27th.