Schedule, Odds, Draw and Preview
August 27, 2016
FILE – In this Aug. 7, 2016, file photo, Serena Williams, of the United States, reaches for a return against Daria Gavrilova, of Australia, at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The first round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament is scheduled for Monday, Aug. 29. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)
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For many people, summer is a time to relax, take a vacation and revel in the enduring warmth of long, sunny days and cozy nights. For the game’s best tennis players, this summer has been anything but a break from the grind of their year-round professional sport.
The 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro has made a normally busy season even more hectic for the game’s top players, coming not long after the double dip of the French Open and Wimbledon in late May/early June. On Monday, the U.S. Open gets its turn to take the spotlight.
With so much going on this year, it’s little wonder that some of the sport’s top stars are ailing heading into the year’s final Grand Slam event. The tournament in Flushing Meadows, New York, has seen its fair share of surprise winners in the past couple of years, and this year’s edition could be even more wide open than usual.