JNP's 2007 U.S. Open Preview

by JNP

Draws released: Today the 2007 U.S. Open draws were released and it looks like we should be having a pretty interesting tournament. If the seedings hold, Andy Roddick will most likely end up playing Roger in the quarters, and on the women’s side Justine Henin could play both Serena and/or Venus Williams before the finals.

Luck of the draw: Players with an easier potential path to the finals include Maria Sharapova, R-Fed (he plays back-to-back qualifiers opening the tournament), Ana Ivanovic, and Aravane Rezai. Meanwhile Martina Hingis, Nicolas Massu, Jelena Jankovic, Arnaud Clement, and Justin Gimelstob (I thought he retired?) all have tough draws.

Cementing Serbia’s arrival: Right now I think all the Serbians could blast through far into the tournament (giving this years tourney a “Serbia vs. the World” feel). However, Federer, Henin, and, Sharapova all seem to be the most obvious choices to stand in their way. (Do you think one of the Serbians will take the U.S. Open title? If so, who? Tell us!)

TSF contributor JNP will be attending the U.S. Open and blogging after each session with his thoughts and upcoming match predictions. He’ll have opportunities to be around all the players, so we’ll probably be posting some exclusive pics throughout the two weeks. If you want coverage of a certain match or player, leave us a comment with your request.