The U.S. Open is three weeks away, and after a hiatus from professional tennis following the French Open and Wimbledon, we can’t wait to watch the final grand slam of the year. Here’s 10 reasons we’re really, really excited for the 2015 U.S. Open and are counting down the days until kick-off.
1. The Serena Slam
Can she do it? Yes, she can. The world No. 1 is just one major away from sweeping the 2015 grand slam series. #Flawless
2. American Pride
American tennis players are finally back on their home turf. We look forward to watching rising stars like Jack Sock, Steve Johnson, Madison Keys and CoCo Vandeweghe compete for the title. Cue U-S-A chant.
3. The Wild Cards
Top junior players Francis Tiafoe and Sofia Kenin earned a spot in this year’s tournament after they both won their draw at the 18s national tournament. CiCi Bellis 2.0?
4. A Retirement Party
Mardy Fish is bidding adieu to pro tennis after the U.S. Open. Cue U-S-A chant, again.
5. Roger Federer
When are we not excited to see him play?
6. Kei Nishikori
The 2014 U.S. Open finalist just won Washington’s Citi Open. Watch out, Cilic.
7. A Single Sharapova
Rumor has it that pro tennis’ power couple, Shamitrov, split in July. Seems like Grigor has already moved on, as he told the press, “Now I’m concentrated entirely on the game and I’m sure the results will soon be seen.” From the looks of her Instagram, MaSha is doing ok, too.
8. Hard Courts
Clay and grass are cool, but most of the pros play their best on the DecoTurf. We’ll miss watching them slide, though.
9. New Outfits
After all that Wimbledon white, we’re ready to see what bold colors and patterns designers are whipping up for the U.S. Open. And yes, we will judge who wore it better.
10. An Underdog
What’s more fun that watching an unknown player make it to the final rounds of a grand slam? We love a good upset. Coming atcha like a dark horse.