Will 2013 US Open Be as Wild and Wacky as Wimbledon?

Merlisa Lawrence Corbett@@merlisaFeatured ColumnistAugust 4, 2013

Rafael Nadal during changeover at 2013 Wimbledon.
Rafael Nadal during changeover at 2013 Wimbledon.Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

The 2013 U.S. Open is a few weeks away, and we're still befuddled by that wacky Wimbledon.

Could the U.S. Open produce anything close to the wild and weird results at Wimbledon?

Probably. After all, it's New York and that alone increases the likelihood that something outrageous will happen.

I suspect that the whacked-out Wimbledon will contribute to an upsetting U.S. Open.

That's right, big names go boom, early. 

It won't be the controversial and chaotic stuff we saw at Wimbledon. Remember how bizarre Wimbledon was?

Maria Sharapova kicked things off with a personal attack on Serena Williams at a press conference. Then, fresh off of a French Open victory, Rafael Nadal loses to Steve Darcis in the first round.

Darcis turned out to be a one-match wonder. He withdrew before his second-round match. His withdrawal was among a record number of withdrawals and walkovers.

By the third round, Roger Federer, Sharapova, Victoria Azarenka, Nadal and Jo-Wilfred Tsonga were gone.  

At least Federer lasted longer than his orange-soled shoes, banned after the first round. 

Crazy. Because anything goes fashion-wise at the U.S. Open, we won't see any dress-code violations.

Expect to see more up-and-comers giving establish players their comeuppance.

We've already seen some strange post-Wimbledon maneuvers.  

Federer agreed to play in two tiny tournaments, only to get upset in both. He recently withdrew from the Rogers Cup

Sharapova parted ways with her coachThomas Hogstedt, and hired tennis legend Jimmy Connors. Connors' ego and the Sharapova marketing machine in New York, the epicenter of media hype? Win or lose, we'll be talking about this dynamic duo. 

Meanwhile, Serena Williams took a detour back to clay. She won the Swedish Open, a tournament she had never played in. Williams said she decided to play in the tournament to boost her confidence after the Wimbledon loss.

Williams' concern about her confidence just points to the level of competition. Dominance is getting tougher. Which means upsets are more likely. 

As John McEnroe once stated, there's more competition and deeper fields.

Speaking of competition, Juan Martin Del Potro is reestablishing himself as the No. 1 threat outside of the Big Four. His odds of winning the U.S. Open are actually better than Federer's, according to Bovada.  

Change is in the air. 

Get set for upsets aplenty.