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NEW YORK, USA – The City that never sleeps gives rise to the writers who never sleep! Here are the thoughts of the Britwatch Tennis team, and a few special guests for US Open 2017



  Champion Dark Horse Shocker Champions Dark Horse Shocker Brits
Ros (11) Federer Shapovalov (1)

A Zverev (4)


Stephens Kerber (4)

Edmund: R4

Bedene: R2

Norrie: R2 (1)

Konta: QF

 Watson: R1 (1)


Abigail (10) Federer JP Smith

A Zverev (4)

Venus Bellis

Kerber (4)

Edmund: R2

Bedene: R2

Norrie: R2 (1)

Konta: R4

Watson: R1 (1)



Federer Kokkinakis

Tsonga (3)


Sharapova (1)

Simona Halep (6)

Edmund: R1

Bedene: R2

Norrie: R2 (1)

Konta: SF

Watson: R2

Chris (3) Federer Shapovalov



Keys Vesnina


(not seeded so no points)

Edmund: R1

Bedene: R2

Norrie: R2 (1)

Konta: R4

Watson: R1 (1)



Ros Satar – Chief Tennis Scribe, Britwatch Sports

On the men’s side, it actually pains me to pencil in Roger Federer for the win, but let’s be honest this year has belonged to the ‘oldies’ and I can’t see how the last Slam of the year is going to be any different. It could be a time for the young’uns to make their mark, but they still lack too much consistency for my liking (although I would quite like to be proved wrong, despite playing for the pride of Britwatch).

On the women’s side, while I have loved seeing Venus Williams in finals once more, Garbiñe Muguruza has really impressed me this year. She really looked right grumpy having to deflect questions on what it would be like to defend the Roland Garros title, and truly gutted when she lost, but for her to turn that around for the Wimbledon title and then her tilt at the warm-up events – she looks ready. Angelique Kerber just been all at sea this year – and I can’t see this Slam being any different for her as she struggled to find that 2016 magic.

Kyle Edmund will carry the hopes for the British men now after Andy Murray’s withdrawal, and he could well pull of a bit of a shock seed exit and oust Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the third round after his spirited display in Winston-Salem. Johanna Konta should head to the quarter-finals comfortably enough.


Abigail Johnson – Tennis Writer, Tennis Journal

With both tours in total disarray – one due to injuries, the other due to general inconsistency – predictions have never been so difficult and uncertain. Nevertheless, while Federer seems to be slowing down after an insane season, in a way it seems crazy to back against the Swiss maestro with such a depleted field. Over with the women, Muguruza is starting to find her feet, but things remain as confusing as ever. I didn’t go with my gut instinct of Venus Williams during Wimbledon, and she ended up making the final – so this time around I will back the American and her recent Slam magic.

Kerber – despite her 2017 struggles – will probably come through her first round match with the talented-but-wayward Naomi Osaka, but I’ve called her to make early exits at the last two Slams and will doubtfully do so again. Meanwhile, Alexander Zverev opens in a deceptively tricky section of the draw, and if he is not at ease with his lofty status then he could be bowing out early.

Sloane Stephens and CiCi Bellis were my leading contenders for WTA Dark Horse: both of them in-form Americans who would have the crowd’s backing. Each woman potentially faces a seed in the second round, but both can overcome the challenge – and Bellis has experienced some real New York magic in the past. Meanwhile, the men’s third quarter is ripe with opportunity for most players. Qualifier John-Patrick Smith (who didn’t drop a set en route to the main draw) could win a couple of rounds.


Adam Addicott – Tennis Writer, Ubi Tennis

Every time I see the women’s draw, I always expect to see the unexpected. Which is probably why there are eight players in contention of the No.1 ranking. Muguruza has had a terrible record at the US Open, but I believe this will end this year. In Cincinnati she illustrated both her power and fighting spirit to become champion. I believe she has the belief and ability to triumph in a field that has been marred by inconsistency.

In contrast Simona Halep, who recently lost emphatically to Muguruza, has a nightmare waiting for her. A first round clash with Maria Sharapova has tennis fans salivating and I am giving the edge to the Russian. Despite her recent absence due to injury, I believe Sharapova has the desire and ability to go deep in the draw in what will be her first grand slam appearance since her doping ban ended. As for the British duo, I expected Heather Watson to reach the second round and Konta the semifinals. Konta could face Sharapova in the quarter-finals and I think she has the edge.

I think Federer will continue to defy the odds and win his third grand slam title of the season. Leading into the event he has had far from ideal preparation with a loss to Zverev and a back issue. Still, on one of the biggest stages of tennis, I think he will be the big favourite, especially when Rafael Nadal hasn’t won a hard-court title since 2014.

Thanasi Kokkinakis is finally injury-free and I think he could do well in the draw. As for the shock exit, Tsonga has been far from convincing on the tour since Wimbledon. A second round meeting against either Denis Shapovalov or Daniil Medvedev will be extremely tough in my opinion. With the British men, I expect them to lose in the earlier rounds.

Chris Oddo – Tennis Writer, Tennis Now

This year’s U.S. Open is extremely difficult to pick. I found myself searching for players that could reasonably overtake Federer and Nadal on the men’s side, but I just couldn’t. I don’t know that Zverev is ready to go all the way for a title, even though his draw shapes up nicely. On the women’s side I simply can’t get a grip. I have this hunch that Caroline Wozniacki could make a run but there are too many bad matchups in her path. I’m not confident that Muguruza can win back-to-back Slams and I’m not particularly inspired by the form of Karolina Pliskova. I. Just. Have. No. Clue.

So I picked Halep, who I think will really benefit confidence-wise if she passes the Sharapova test. She’s certainly good enough to win a major, and she’s been good in New York before.

I chose Federer because I didn’t feel enough conviction to pick anyone else. I would have picked Nadal if he had won a title on hardcourts this summer, but his overall form left a bit to to be desired.

So that’s my story. I’ll stick with it for a few days until it all implodes!

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