Tennis Stars Align at The US Open

Cindy HopcusCorrespondent IAugust 23, 2010

KEY BISCAYNE, FL - MARCH 29:  Rafael Nadal of Spain watches as Roger Federer of Switzerland plays against Florent Serra of France on day seven of the 2010 Sony Ericsson Open at Crandon Park Tennis Center on March 29, 2010 in Key Biscayne, Florida.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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The weather is fine; the crowds are primed with tickets and TV schedules as we’re getting ready for the last major of the tennis year.  The subways to Flushing Meadows are gearing up for the onslaught of tennis fans boarding their cars with giddy smiles across their faces and hope in their eyes.  Hope that they might meet their favorite tennis star, maybe an autograph to remember the moment. Maybe their favorites will win the coveted title and hold up the trophy, so many hopes.

 At the top of the tennis galaxy are those shining stars that destiny has deemed to collide and out shine each other in the finals.  This year’s stars are settling in at the various five star hotels in fabulous New York City. Some stars have homes in the area, but most are enjoying the delights that only the Big Apple has to offer. 


Certainly tennis is priority one, but there are some amazing things to see and do while in the big apple.  Maybe do some promotional work for the USTA, WTA or the ATP.  The beautiful women of tennis are turning heads every where they go and the men have a following as if they were rock stars.


The only cosmic question about the alignment of these stars is who will be holding up the trophies when the 2010 US Open ends.  Will it be a new star finding their place among other greats or will it be a past champion.  That question is in major debate, and for some it seems to be a constant press release about how they will succeed or not.  Since only one male and female can win the title, it’s going to be a feast of stories, happy endings, and tears to read about, comment on and perhaps even agree with.


World number one, Nadal, will be there along with Federer, Murray, and Roddick.  They will be joined by the flash and dazzling games of other players such as Berdych, Davydenko, Soderling and a wonderfully surprising, Mardy Fish.  Missing in action will be the defending Champion Juan Martin Del Potro and Jo Wilfred Tsonga, both recovering from injuries.


The men’s game is solid and the contenders are hungry to do battle once again. What we hope to see is a feast for the eyes with some amazing tennis, the kind most of us mere mortals can only dream of.

We all know top ten players can get the job done, but what makes this year particularly intriguing is that some of the top twenty players have been shining brighter than usual and making some impressive inroads to the quarters, semis and finals.  Its great seeing years of hard work paying off for so many talented players. 


Consistency in the men’s draw has been much easier to predict who might win.  The women’s side has been more difficult to pin down. In as consistent as the men's game is, the women's game completely opposite.  Gone are the days when you knew who would probably go deep or maybe hoist the trophy.


Last years come back queen, Kim Clijsters will be returning without the concern of meeting Serena Williams on court.  Sadly, Serena and Justine Henin will be side lined this year nursing injuries.  Maria Sharapova is finding her game, with Venus and Caroline Wozniacki striving to give us a great show. 


Will Melanie Oudin arrive at Arthur Ashe Stadium and throw the tennis world into another exciting what if scenario? The WTA has many gifted players, but again, the consistency in their games makes this years women’s title up for grabs more than any other year that I can remember.


With the courts groomed and waiting for the elite players to feed our tennis addiction, let’s not forget all the people responsible for bringing us this wonderful slam.  The sponsors forging ahead in a troubled economy deserve a huge thank you.  The tennis communities and their families throughout the world who help players find their game and enable them to play at these lofty levels. 


Lastly, but certainly not least, the fans, without the fans this would be just another sports moment.  It’s the fans and their desire to participate by attending the tournament, watching it on TV, or reading the countless articles you will be seeing thanks to the Internet, that keep their favorite sports alive.  Fans make any sporting event more entertaining.  Fans bring life to events that would otherwise be just a compilation of statistics.  I hope their passion never waivers.