Who will win this year's US Open? Watch the full tournament live online!
The US Open is the final slam of the season and for many fans and players it is the most important one. Every year we see the World's best descend on Flushing Meadows with dreams and ambitions of lifting the trophy in front of a packed out Arthur Ashe Stadium.
2014's event will once again provide the season's slam send-off with the top players in the game competing for a place in tennis history.
Defending champion Rafael Nadal has pulled out of the US Open, announcing on Monday via his Facebook page that he would not be ready in time to defend his title, following a wrist injury. The injury caused him to pull out of the Canada and Cincinnati Masters.
His announcement read:
"I am very sorry to announce I won’t be able to play at this year’s US Open a tournament on which I’ve played 3 consecutive finals in my last participations. I am sure you understand that it is a very tough moment for me since it is a tournament I love and where I have great memories from fans, the night matches, so many things… Not much more I can do right now, other than accept the situation and, as always in my case, work hard in order to be able to compete at the highest level once I am back."
Serena Williams > Stream all the action live at 365
Defending Women’s champion Serena Williams, on the other hand, has been in very impressive form over the US hard court season and we have been able to watch some of the best women’s tennis for a while in the last couple of weeks in Toronto and Cincinnati. She claimed the Cincinnati title for the first time and proved she will be the main contender in New York.
Novak Djokovic > Stream all the action live at 365
Men’s World No. 1 Novak Djokovic picked up the Wimbledon title in a five-set thriller with Roger Federer, but while he should have been the favourite coming into the two Masters events, a couple of early exits have given him a bit of a hill to climb. With Nadal's withdrawal, on paper he is now the favourite but is still searching for form.
“Obviously [I] want to peak in New York,” said Djokovic. “It's disappointing that I had to lose [in Cincinnati] in my second match, and in Toronto as well. I expected more from myself, but I have to keep on going. A Grand Slam is coming up, and that's where I want to do well.”
Roger Federer > Stream all the action live at 365
Roger Federer narrowly missed out on an 18th Grand Slam title, but his hard court form this season has been impressive, and he fought his way through a dogged David Ferrer in Cincinnati to claim a sixth Masters and his 80th singles title. Does he have what it takes to make another run in New York?
Andy Murray > Stream all the action live at 365
And what of two-time Grand Slam winner Andy Murray, who will be reunited with new coach Amelie Mauresmo in New York while he strives to build up the form that took him to his maiden Slam title. With Nadal's withdrawal, he picks up the eighth seeding which could prove vital for the 2012 champion.
Simona Halep > Stream all the action live at 365
Simona Halep is surely bubbling under a Slam title, as she hit a career high of World No. 2 after Wimbledon, as Li Na sits out the entire US hard court season with a knee injury. Halep is gritty, determined, and is ready to make that run.
Maria Sharapova > Stream all the action live at 365
Maria Sharapova has enjoyed a great year, winning a second French Open title, and has shown that her powers of coming back from the brink are now in the realms of the legendary!
The chasing packs on both the ATP and the WTA tour has been a pleasure to behold this year, and there are many jokers in the pack who could disrupt the “old-guard” to make that Slam breakthrough, and New York may just be the place for the likes of Grigor Dimitrov and Eugenie Bouchard, to name but two.
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