On the road to the U.S. Open, some men’s names to watch for

For every Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic gunning for Grand Slam titles, there are dozens of players on the ATP Tour who can play potential spoilers. As the U.S. hardcourt season – well under way after the conclusion of the World Team Tennis exhibitions – crawls through August, here are some names and faces to look for across the country leading up to New York, in the form of photos taken at last year’s Legg Mason Tennis Classic.

Some names will be familiar, such as Andy Roddick (who is out of this year’s Legg Mason due to an injury), John Isner (who recently won Newport but is still known for his record-setting marathon match at Wimbledon in 2010), and veterans James Blake and Lleyton Hewitt. Others are dangerous floaters, including Janko Tipsarevic (who upended Roddick at the 2010 U.S. Open) and Kei Nishikori (now coached by Brad Gilbert and ranked in the Top 50).

On the doubles side, Bob and Mike Bryan are aiming for their 12th Grand Slam men’s title in Flushing Meadows, which would break the record currently held by Mark Woodforde and Todd Woodbridge. The duo also holds seven and two Grand Slam mixed doubles titles respectively.

Photos: 2010 Legg Mason Tennis Classic

all photos by Kwai Chan / Meniscus Magazine