2012 has been the year of tennis monarchs returning to claim their thrones. The king and queen, Roger Federer and Serena Williams, both came back to win their first Grand Slam tournaments in more than two years.
Federer and Williams will each try to add to their all-time medal hauls (Federer 17, Williams 14) at this year's U.S. Open, but each faces stiff competition from some of the brightest stars in the sport.
On the men's side, Federer will get some relief by not having to face the injured Rafael Nadal, but his greatest threat by far will be from defending champion Novak Djokovic. Aside from Djokovic, recent Olympic champion and 2012 Wimbledon foe Andy Murray and a handful of other elite players all hope to break the stranglehold on the majors held by Federer, Nadal and Djokovic.
Williams does not have things any easier than Federer. Three competitors are ranked higher than her, each of whom has the talent to win at Flushing Meadows. The women's game presently has much more parity than the men's game, and more than a half-dozen competitors have a strong chance of winning at Flushing Meadows.
Here is a look at the odds, courtesy of British gaming company Ladbrokes, for the top-10 men and women at the U.S. Open, and a breakdown of the chances of each competitor to win the U.S. Open title.