| By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff

Men’s players
John Isner
Twenty-four-year-old John Isner played his collegiate tennis at Georgia, and is currently ranked 96th on the ATP Tour. He burst on to the scene at the 2007 Open as he made it to the third round in his first-ever Grand Slam appearance before losing to eventual champion Roger Federer in four sets. At the 2008 Open, Isner lost in the first round. If he is serving big as he normally does, he will be a tough out in 2009.

 

Robert Kendrick
Coming off his strong season playing for the New York Sportimes in World Team Tennis, Robert Kendrick will look to continue his climb up the rankings. In 2008, he finished the year in the top 100 for the first time in his career. The California native is currently ranked 69th on the ATP Tour. At the 2008 U.S. Open, Kendrick reached the second round before falling to third-seeded Novak Djokovic. With the right draw, Kendrick can certainly surprise some people this year and advance deep into the Open.

 

Sam Querrey
A 22-year-old from California, Sam Querrey is currently ranked number 37 on the ATP Tour. The American finished last year in the top 50 for the first time in his career. He will be looking to improve on last year’s fourth round loss which is his best Grand Slam result thus far. With his well-tooled all-around game, Querrey has a good chance to surprise some people at this year’s Open.

Women’s players
Vania King
Vania King is a 20-year-old from Long Beach, Calif. Her current ranking is 107th. Lifetime at the U.S. Open, King has a 2-4 record. She recently advanced to the second round at Wimbledon. She will look to use the home crowd to her advantage and make a run at this year’s U.S. Open championship.

 

Alexa Glatch
Alexa Glatch is a 19-year-old from Newport Beach, Calif. currently ranked 108th in the world. She lost in the first round of the 2008 U.S. Open, but will be looking to surprise a ranked player early on as she did at this year’s French Open when she defeated 14th seeded Flavia Panetta in the first round.

 

Melanie Oudin
The 17-year-old from Marietta, Ga. turned pro in February 2008. At the 2008 U.S. Open, she lost in the first round as a wildcard. Oudin is currently ranked 71st on the WTA Tour. At this year's Open, she will be looking to build on the great run she recently had at Wimbledon where she advanced all the way to the fourth round as a qualifier. Look for Oudin to be a tough out this year.

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