Rumors of the United States' demise in tennis were greatly exaggerated this summer. Although no men were ranked in the ATP top 10 for the first time in the history of the rankings, tennis in America is alive and well.
While only one male player (Andy Roddick) is currently ranked inside the top 10, fellow Americans Mardy Fish, John Isner, and Sam Querrey are all playing well and could make a deep run at this year's tournament.
Though Serena Williams' withdrawal from New York leaves the field wide open, it may give sister Venus her last great chance at a Grand Slam title. Venus was bounced early from the tournament at Wimbledon, but her lack of playing this summer may cost her on the hardcourts at Flushing Meadows.
There may not be a dominant U.S. player on either side of the draw, but depth in each draw could render a player deep into the second week in New York.
Unfortunately, the following players have no shot at a deep run in the Open, let alone winning the title: James Blake, Taylor Dent, Vania King, Christina McHale, Lisa Raymond, and Bethanie Mattek-Sands.