This year’s US Open in New York will be the 137th edition of the long-running tennis championship. It’s also the fourth and last Grand Slam of the year but unfortunately, it’ll look a bit different compared to past tennis majors.
Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, and Roger Federer have been the sport’s elite for over a decade. When they play – especially in a major – you know that one of them will win (save for a few exceptions).
Through the years, Stan Wawrinka occasionally managed to win (he won last year’s US Open), but the four have consistently dominated. This, however, could change because injury and/or Father Time seems to be catching up with the foursome.
Factors That May Affect The Big 4
The 2017 US Open may be when young standouts like Alexander Zverev, Dominic Thiem, or Grigor Dimitrov break through. Here’s why:
- Djokovic will sit out the rest of 2017 due to an injured right elbow.
- Murray has been dealing with a nagging hip injury. While he’s been busy with his rehab, he’s not in top form.
- While Federer won Wimbledon last month, Zverev beat him in the Rogers Cup in early August. Plus, Federer didn’t participate in the Cincinnati Masters due to back problems.
- Nadal seems to be in good shape so far (despite being injury prone), but the grind of playing for nearly two weeks could eventually get to him.