Sports Tennis By Terry Green / 08/23/2017 As is tradition, the final event in tennis in 2017, will be the US Open event, which will also be its 137th so far, and it will be grand as all the previous ones before it. The event will be held outdoors at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York City, on hard courts. This year there will be some experimental rules that will feature a change in the games that only apply on qualifying matches for the junior, wheelchair, main draw, and legends matches. The reigning champions from the last year are Stan Wawrinka and Angelique Kerber, however, Stan has already withdrawn his presence due to an injury and will therefore not be participating nor defending his last year title. While we have mentioned that there will be some rule changes we have not said what exactly they will be. Well, this year for the first time the USTA will be introducing a shot clock that will combat slow play and this will also limit the time for warm-ups and timeouts for medical reasons. The second experimental rule will allow coaches to be on the side of the court, meaning that they will be able to communicate with their players on their side of the court. However, if they are on the opposite side only sign language will be allowed. – Man’s single This year will especially be interesting in the man’s single games as the top spot holder Rafael Nadal is only ahead by 500 points from the second Andy Murray. The winner in this tournament can change many players rankings and as such it will be a blast to watch this event unfold. While the last year’s winner Stan Wawrinka withdrew together with the Serbian player Novak Djokovic this year still promises lots of action and fun matches. – Women single The women’s singles also have a fight to the finish in its own right. The world’s first at the moment Karolína Plíšková has 6,390 points and the second Simona Halep has 6,385 which will definitely be a cowboy showdown in the US Open finals.