NEW YORK – You might want Serena Williams and Roger Federer to win at Wimbledon. Maybe you wanted Dominic Thiem to dethrone Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros. You may have preferred Petra Kvitova to win the Australian Open title, not Naomi Osaka. You may want exactly the opposite or something completely different in all three scenarios. No matter what you wanted, you probably wanted it to go bad. (Sorry, Fed fans.)
The point is that during the Grand Slam tournaments there is an emotional investment that is unlike any other tennis event, and not just from the fans. Players care more about these eight weeks than anyone else in the calendar – and with only two of those Grand Slam weeks left, you can be sure that all the remaining chips are being played. and this year's US Open should not be any different.
You can summarize this with a slogan used by the Southeastern Conference (SEC) in college football, whose season started on Saturday: "It just means more."
The US Open 2019 started with great hopes and perfect weather. (Getty Images)
The majors have meant more of this decade than any other in tennis history. The players put together their schedules around the slams, with the goal of providing peak physical and mental performance for the celebrated fortnight. This is of course to the detriment of other tournaments, including the ATP Masters and WTA Premier tournaments. Nobody has been blindfolded when Nadal decided against Canada Cincinnati doubles after his grandiose appearance in Montreal.
"I think the seasons are not too long," said Nadal at his champion's press conference at the Rogers Cup. "What's too long are the compulsory events."
Likewise, everyone understood Serena Williams' decision to retire from the Toronto finals and retire from Cincinnati, and we all understood why Federer and Djokovic played only one build-up tournament before flushing. And although the gap between the big haves and the no-haves has never been greater, most players, including those at the bottom of the rankings spectrum, are close to this approach to evidence.
This development, which has only taken hold in the last 10 years, is not good for tennis as a whole. But it's a great thing for the majors. So here we are ready to take advantage of our individual emotional roller coasters.
Top stories at this year's US Open include:
A first class between Serena and Maria Sharapova.
Can Coco Gauff take care of the hype at her home slam?
Madison Keys won Cincinnati. Can she finally deliver a title run in a major?
The Big 3s return to the big stage, where they were bigger than ever.
Which Nick Kyrgios will show up in New York?
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