Over 128 players have come to New York State to participate in this year’s U.S. Open. The two-week tournament is the biggest tennis attraction on U.S. soil. 73 players from the U.S. are competing in this year’s draw. The last American men’s player to win was in 2003 when Andy Roddick defeated Juan Carlos Ferrero. For the women, Serena Williams has taken the tournament by storm, winning the past two years.
The number-one seeded men’s singles player is Novak Djokovic who has already advanced to the second round, defeating Diego Schwartzman of Argentina in straight sets. On the bottom-half of the bracket, five-time U.S. Open champion Roger Federer is squaring off against Marinko Matosevic of Austria for his first match. Defending champion Rafael Nadal is not participating in the tournament due to a right-wrist injury. This could mean an epic tournament final of Djokovic versus Federer.
On the women’s side of the bracket, the top-seeded Serena Williams is going up against fellow American Taylor Townsend. Williams is 72-9 all-time at the U.S. Open. She is a five-time champ and is looking for another title. Maria Sharapova is the fifth seed of the tournament. She advanced to second round with a 6-4, 6-0 win versus Russian Maria Kirilenko. The tournament runs from Aug. 25 through Sept. 8.