Last Monday August 31, New York served the first game of the US Open. The final chapter of the Grand Slam season. During the next 14 days men and women from all over the world will test their skills across 17 courts, which include four “show courts” (Arthur Ashe, Louis Armstrong, Grandstand and Court 17), and 13 “field courts”.
The U.S. Open has always been one of tennis’ biggest events and this year it brings along some special ingredients to spice up even more the expectations.
The Quest for Greatness
One of the most anticipated thrills of the 2015 US Open is the fact that Serena Williams could be crowned as the greatest of all time. Serena is seeking to achieve the calendar Grand Slam. She has already won this year’s Australian Open, The Roland Garros and Wimbledon.
Winning the US Open would not only make her the first women’s singles player to win all four titles in a calendar year since Steffi Graf did so in 1988, but it would also tie her with Graf for the Open era record with 22 career Grand Slam victories.
So far, Serena already moved to the second round with an easy victory over 86th-ranked, Vitalia Diatchenko of Russia. Vitalia had to stop playing after 27 minutes due to an injury. Serena won the match 6-0, 6-2. Her next opponent will be Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands.
Men’s Unpredictable Bout
Most of tennis experts are choosing Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic as their favorite to win the US Open. Maybe, for Serena the road is a little bit brighter. Not only for her hunger to become the greatest but also for the surprising recent loss of 7th ranked Ana Ivanovic in the first round of the tournament and Sharapova’s injury withdrawal.
However, for men is a completely different story. It is true that the number one tennis player in the world, Novak Djokovic took easily Roger Federer at Wimbledon and now is trying to achieve his third Grand Slam of the year. Nonetheless, let’s not forget the before his England victory, Stan Wawrinka defeated Novak at the French Open final.
On the other hand, the former number 1, Rafael Nadal has begun to regain his form and winning the US Open, could launch him right where he wants to be. Obviously we can’t leave aside to “Your Majesty, Roger Federer” who knows the US Open like the back of his hand and has 5 consecutive US Open titles, between 2004 and 2008. It is for sure, Roger will try to prove he is still the man and prevent Novak from achieving his 10th Grand Slam title and second US Open.
Better and Better
The first two days of matches at New York have already provided some thrilling games and surprises, but the real tournament won’t begin after the first rounds are gone and the best players start to face each other.
Follow Booking Per Head and find out who will be face to face at the Arthur Ashe Stadium on September 13th, dueling to become the winner of the 32 points and 3.3 million dollars that the US Open provides.