The 2012 U.S. Open is set to kick off on Monday in Flushing, N.Y. with a host of stars looking to bolster their resumes.
Save Rafael Nadal, who had to withdraw due to injury, the headliners will all be competing to finish the year on a high note.
On the Men's side of things, Roger Federer and Andy Murray look like the main competition standing in Novak Djokovic's way. If Federer can find a way to win, it would be his sixth championship in Arthur Ashe Stadium.
One underdog who could make a push is Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who has been playing some excellent tennis lately, including at the 2012 London Olympics.
As for the Women, Serena Williams comes in as a heavy favorite at a venue she's been highly successful at in the past. Williams has won three U.S. Open titles with the most recent being in 2008. The younger of the Williams sisters has a favorable draw to boot, with just ex-No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki posing a serious threat early on.
Maria Sharapova is always in the running, but after the beating she took in London against Williams just weeks ago, it's tough to make a good case for her.