There will be Americans in the second week of the 2013 U.S. Open.
In addition to the fans.
Douglas Robson of USA Today claims that U.S. men's tennis is in a recession and can't escape it. Likewise, Joe Fleming, also of USA Today, only finds "options" among American women's players in the upcoming U.S. Open.
They will be proven wrong by the end of the first week in New York.
No. 1 seed Serena Williams is having one of the best seasons of her career. World No. 16 Sloane Stephens' game is exciting and her results positive. Venus Williams, too, cannot be overlooked. She has the experience of winning it all at the national championships.
And the men?
John Isner can't be overlooked this year—and not only for his height. He is seeded No. 13 and is playing even stronger than that. James Blake is more motivated than ever and has experienced some resurgence this summer.
Those are more than just options or opportunities.
They are the American players who will make it to the second week of the 2013 U.S. Open.