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As Wimbledon 2011 comes to a close tennis fans are given only a short breather before their excitement regains momentum with the last of the major tennis events of the year appears on the heat rippled horizon of the near future. I'm talking about the US Open Tennis Tournament. So what’s it all about?

The US Open is the fourth major tennis event of the year its annual arrival in late summer signifying the last stage of what is widely known as the Grand Slam cycle. Hosted at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Centre in New York the tournament will run from August 30th until September 13th. The main court will be situated in the Arthur Ashe Stadium, currently the world largest tennis stadium, holding over 23,000. Playing here benefits serve-and-volley style players due to its fast-paced low-bounce DecoTurf Surface. Think John McEnroe or Boris Becker.

Likely finalists this year will be Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal for the men’s singles and Petra Kvitova and Maria Sharapova for the women’s. Serbian Djokovic, looking good after taking the cup at Wimbledon, will be more confident than ever but he knows that it will be anything but easy. Those following the US Open tennis betting will be wondering how he will get on.

Wimbledon second placeNadal has beaten the Serb before, and this time may show no variation, success in 2010 favouring Nadal on the US courts. Kvitova has won not only the Ladies Singles Final at Wimbledon this year but also the hearts and minds of many fans proving to be a charming champion. Only 21 and taking a light hearted approach to the news conference post-final she giggled and refused to believe the truth that she was now, as announced, the current female Wimbledon Champ. But can charisma and confidence be enough to prove her talent in the US Open when she will most likely face the defeated yet formidable Sharapova in a rematch? The tennis betting suggests she might not.

Over the years, Grand Slam history has taught us never to count our chickens before they've hatched as the major tennis tournaments are never short on shocks and surprises.
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