Roger Federer and Justine Henin, the world number ones, were named on Monday as the top seeds for the US Open, which starts in New York next Monday.
Federer is the reigning champion, three year champion no less, and will therefore be looking to extend his winning streak to a fourth consecutive year. Henin won the womens title in 2003 and is hoping to repeat this.
Spain’s Rafael Nadal is seeded two, the up-and-coming Novak Djokovic of Serbia at three and Russian Nikolay Davydenko fourth. It seems that organisers have kept in line with the world rankings this time around.
Former champion Andy Roddick (2003) is seeded fifth as are two other previous champions, Lleyton Hewitt (2001) and Marat Safin (2000). They are seeded 16th and 25th respectively. In fact the only champion from the current century who isn’t playing in the tournament is the retired Pete Sampras.
Andy Murray is seeded number 19 as he continues his fight to be fit for the tournament. If Andy does compete in New York, his lack of fitness and match practice will probably make it rather difficult for him to improve on last year when he reached the fourth round, only to be beaten by Nikolay Davydenko, the eventual semi-finalist.
All the chat for the US Open is on their website. The singles draws will be announced tomorrow.