At U.S. Open, Men Are More Likely To Make Dumb Decisions

TIME

This year’s U.S. Open, which starts August 25, is sure to surprise. The defending men’s champion, Rafael Nadal, has withdrawn from the tournament due to a wrist injury. Does Roger Federer, who won five U.S. Open titles in a row from 2004-2008, have one last run in him? Will Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic take his first title since 2011? Will a new player, like Milos Raonic, the 6’5″ Canadian big-server who’s looked strong in the hardcourt tune-ups, break through?

On the women’s side, Serena Williams is the wildest of wild-cards. She’s the two-time defending champ and still number one in the world. But she’s been strangely inconsistent this season, and the U.S. Open is her first Grand Slam appearance since Wimbledon, site of her bizarre appearance at a doubles match with her sister. The sport is still buzzing from that incident, in which a dazed Serena couldn’t serve the ball…

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