With Wimbledon wrapped up, on of the next major events in the sport of tennis is the US Open tournament. Played August 29th-September 11th, the stage will be set for some of the biggest names in the game such as Federer and Djokavic, many competitors will hope to take the crown and win one of the most prestigious Grand Slam titles in all of tennis.
A great and upcoming tennis star, Dominic Thiem is an Australian pro that prides himself on being humble both on and off the courts. With some of his 2016 wins coming from beating big names like Rafael Nadal (eventually winning the Argentina Open) and Roger Federer (2016 Italian Open), Thiem has every reason to be boastful but remains true to character.
His style of play is by no means passive as his single-handed backhand is one of the most vicious in all of the game. At just 22 years old, Thiem has a great career ahead of him and a great chance at stirring the pot at the US Open this fall.
Although seen as a superstar and formerly a #2 ranking in the world, Murray will be looked upon as a favorite to win this year’s US Open. Reaching the quarterfinals of every single Grand Slam Tournament he’s played in since 2011 (minus last year’s US Open), Andy hopes to continue his winning streak that he’s incurred over the last several years. Murray’s style of play allows him to be in every match he plays due to the passiveness style that he portrays.
One of the best volleyers in the games means he rarely gets aced, return serves and second shots and set his opponents up over a lengthy volley to surprise them with a powerful forehand or well-placed drop shot. Look for Murray to continue his great career and make it deep into the US Open tournament.
Alexander Zverev Jr.
Zverev is a born and raised tennis player with both his father and mother playing professionally at some point in their life. Zverev’s older brother, Mischa, also plays on the ATP tour, so Zverev knows a thing or two about the game of tennis. Although only 19 years of age and currently the youngest player in the top 50 ranked on ATP tour, Zverev hopes to make some noise this fall at the US Open.
He has seen some great competition in his short career including matches against Andy Murray, Nick Kyrgios and Roger Federer- all of which he hopes to take advantage of and use as learning experiences to up his game. Zverev’s young age allows him to be an aggressive competitor and hitting/returning the ball will more power than some of his elder opponents. Look for Zverev to make some noise at the US Open later this year with no expectations on line for this young gun.
Sam Querrey will definitely be a player to look for this fall – especially with his defeat of Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon earlier this year. A well-rounded athlete who’s excelled in basketball and golf growing up, Querrey was offered a scholarship to USC, which he declined to go ahead and turn pro in tennis. It’s paid dividends and now is one of the top players in the world.
Querrey is offensive-dominant in his playing style with one of strongest serves in the game. He currently holds the record of most consecutive aces in a match (10) and has seen top speeds of his serve that are upward of 140 mph. Querrey has some big time winning experience and hopes to continue this at the US Open later this year.