The 2013 U.S. Open is the final stop on tennis' Grand Slam tour and a raucous venue for high drama.
New York in deep summer is heat, noise and taxi cabs. It is streets, skyscrapers and boundless energy where only the strong survive. Rapper and Brooklyn icon Jay-Z lyricized that New York is a "concrete jungle where dreams are made of."
It's a hard city that tests the will of each ATP tennis pro. Some wither away at the slightest pressure, but a few find the courage to thrive. Tennis legend Jimmy Connors famously quipped, "When you play in New York (at the U.S. Open), they come to see two guys kill each other. They know I'll go out and spill my guts to win."
Here is why the 2013 U.S. Open promises so much great tennis and drama.