US Open tennis 2009 is now under way, as the US Open 2009 tennis tournament closes the major season. The US Open is the biggest major tennis tournament on U.S. soil, bringing the world’s best tennis players back to Flushing Meadows in New York. The 2009 US Open is sure to bring tennis fans to their feet, if this year’s thrilling majors have been any indication. As US Open tennis for 2009 begins, the spotlight, as usual, belongs to Roger Federer and the Williams sisters.
As usual, the US Open 2009 tennis seeds are topped by Federer and Rafael Nadal in the men’s bracket, and Dinara Safina and the Williams sisters in the women’s side. But the gap between the world’s best players on both sides widened considerably during the summer.
Last year, the US Open helped Roger Federer recover after a rough summer in which Rafael Nadal took the French, Wimbledon, and the number 1 ranking. Now heading into US Open tennis for 2009, Federer has had a decisive summer and broke the record for most major titles, while Nadal is once again playing catch up.
The US Open 2009 might not be the best place for Nadal to jump over Federer again, since Federer has taken the last five US Open titles. A sixth in 2009 would tie Federer for most consecutive US Open championships with Bill Tilden – who did it in the 1920’s.
Nadal isn’t the only possible challenger to Federer at the US Open, however. Andy Murray is the number 2 seed instead of Nadal, and reached the finals last year. Andy Roddick is trying to maintain the momentum he gained from his epic loss to Federer at Wimbledon, and gain his second US Open title.
In US Open tennis 2009 for the women, Serena and Venus Williams are once again considered the frontrunners, while the actual top seed, Dinara Safina, is almost an afterthought. Safina has tanked late in majors all year, while the Williams take all the glory. Currently, Serena has the edge over Venus, as she looks for her third major of the year – though they can only meet in the semifinals and not the finals this time around.
Once again, New York will be at the edge of its seat, as tennis’s greatest stars come together at the Big Apple for the first two weeks of September. For the first time in 25 years, the US Open won’t be on the USA Network, as ESPN2 begins carrying the action today.
The US Open 2009- www.usopen.org/en_US/index.html
USA TODAY- “Open stories: Federer eyes 6’th; will a Williams prevail again?” www.usatoday.com/sports/tennis/open/2009-08-27-usopen-story-lines_N.htm
ESPN- “U.S. Open to be carried on ESPN2, ESPN360.com starting in 2009” sports.espn.go.com/sports/tennis/news/story