Tennis Expert Picks - US Open


Editor's note: In selecting our picks, the "toughest road" must be by a player seeded in the top eight, and a "sleeper" is someone seeded 17th or lower.

So, you think this year's US Open is wide open?

Check out the Experts' Picks standings heading into the season's fourth and final major:

1. Kamakshi Tandon (75), 2. Cliff Drysdale (70), 3. Matt Wilansky (69), 4. Mary Joe Fernandez (67), 5. Chrissie Evert (43), 6. Pam Shriver (38),7. Brad Gilbert (36), 8. Patrick McEnroe (34), 9. Darren Cahill (32), 10. Howard Bryant (27), 11. Greg Garber (20), 12. Steve Weissman (19), 13. Melissa Isaacson (16), 14. Jim Caple (11).

Drysdale, the venerable broadcaster, and tennis editor Matt Wilansky thrust themselves into the top of the fray at Wimbledon, correctly picking Djokovic to win the title. Realistically, it's a four-person race with writer Tandon and Fernandez, an ESPN analyst, tightly bunched.

Wilansky may not be enshrined in the International Tennis Hall of Fame as Drysdale is, but he's only one point behind with a maximum of 94 points available in the categories of winner, sleeper and toughest road on both the men's and women's sides.

"I had a terrific clay-court season," Wilansky observed, sounding a bit like Rafael Nadal. "It will be a daunting task trying to take down Cliffie, but I will try my best."

With Rafa, the defending champion, out and the top-seeded Djokovic coming in with two losses in his past three outings, it's going to be interesting. Serena has won 12 of 13 matches since that bizarre exit in doubles, but she has some solid support from our experts.

Let's go to the picks: