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A fortnight of expectations, thrills, surprises as U.S. Open serves off

Switzerland’s Roger Federer against Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov during their men’s singles fourth round match on the seventh day of the 2017 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 10, 2017. Adrian DENNIS / AFP

As the show takes off today, the uncertainty about the outcomes is unprecedented. The calendar year still dominates our minds although it is a circle. Human beings delineate time by the intervals between events. The Tennis “Season” is a continuous run for 12 months. However, starting with the Australian Open in January, the Tennis Season accords the US Open the distinction of being the concluding Grand Slam of each year

In the Men’s Draw, if the seedings hold into the second week, the top seeded Rafael Nadal may end facing the Roger Federer in the semifinals, while Andy Murray would battle Alexander Zverev in the second bracket of the draw. Along the way, there are obstacles in aspiring young players and tested old hands.

It is an all comers affair for the women, whose tournament presents a legion of “favourites.” The great expectation is that Simona Halep of Romania would fulfill her potential and become number one player. However, she is the one to play a former champion in the first round because of the wildcard granted Maria Sharapova, who comes to New York angrily hungry to prove herself after a six-month suspension.

After the US Open, ATP Tour and the WTA Tour have a tournament each to end the season. The former has now added a tournament for under-21 players. This stretch takes its toll on the human body. This is a persisting concern for the players, who need to stay healthy and injury-free.

In addition, the women have always had their peculiar “monthly” experience, which determines the outcome of many matches, including the finals of Grand Slam events. They always cry “why now” but they answer with the French expression “C’est la Vie.”

As the show starts today in The Big Apple, no one can predict what the rankings would be at the end of the fortnight. Let the games begin!



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