The U.S. Open is always the most grueling Grand Slam in the game, and the 2013 edition promises to be no different.
The final major of the season gets underway Monday with the sport's biggest names assembled alongside a dizzying number of critical questions simply begging for answers.
Is the women's most dominant player ready to regain her mojo? Will one of the sport's big three on the men's side separate himself from the others and lay claim to being the best player in the world?
Will an American renew confidence in the stateside state of men's tennis? Can the sport's star of the summer move on from history enough to make more of it in Flushing Meadows?
Those are just a sampling of some of the storylines just itching to unfold at the USTA Tennis Center over the next couple of weeks.
There will be twists and, undoubtedly, turns no one saw coming. Ultimately, they will lead to a pair of celebrated champions and plenty of answers that will put a bow on an intriguing season and provide plenty of momentum toward 2014.