It feels like just last week that the Australian Open was starting, but suddenly here we are less than a week away from the last Grand Slam of the year: the U.S. Open.
Though the tennis season goes on for months after the stars leave New York, for most of the top players, the U.S. Open is the culmination of the season. It's the last chance of the year to take home one of the most prized possessions in tennis.
During the fortnight at Flushing Meadows, Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal will try to turn great seasons into legendary ones, while Victoria Azarenka, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray will all try to double up their Grand Slam tally for the year.
And, make no mistake about it, everyone in both draws will be looking to have their Marion Bartoli moment.
The spotlight is blinding in New York City, and the stage is set for the last big chapter of the 2013 season to be written.