>> Familiar names dominate the draw at the 2017 US Open. I'm Reuters sports correspondent Rory Carroll in Flushing Meadows of New York, the site of the 2017 US Open. On the men's side, the big story is Roger Federer, the Swiss maestro going for his 20th career Grand Slam victory.
He shocked the world this year, coming back after a six month hiatus to win the Australian Open, and later Wimbledon. He is now the favorite here in New York at 36 years old, but he'll have to get through Rafa Nadal, his nemesis, who is currently ranked number one in the world.
As well as a host of younger players, any of whom could emerge as the new champion. On the women's side the big story is Maria Sharapova returning to the court after a 15 month suspension due to violating the anti-doping policy. She plays her first round match against Simona Halep.
A tough draw in a match that will be very interesting to see how Sharapova is greeted by the fans here in New York. She's been a fan favorite for years. She won this tournament 2006. We'll see what conditions she's in. She's also suffered some injury setbacks since she came back to the tour.
All the action begins Monday.