US Open 2017 is the weakest Grand Slam since ages

The US Open 2017 Men’s tournament is indeed the weakest Major since 2003, here’s why.

The strength of the field of a given tennis tournament can be measured by the number of Top 10 players participating. In the last 3-4 years (especially until 2016) we’ve been entertained by the Big Four almost always going deep, a lot of times all 4 greats reached the semi-final. This year’s US Open is different. We don’t have Murray and Djokovic, but others like Wawrinka, Nishikori and Raonic are also sidelined.

We were curious how weak the Men’s field really is…
Actually, if we look at Grand Slams since 2003, this is by far the weakest field, with 4 of the Top 10 players missing. In all other tournaments we looked at there were at least 8 of the Top 10 male tennis players playing. Here’s a summary of the weakest Grand Slams:

Tournament No. top 10 Players Missing Players Missing
2017 U.S. Open – New York 4 Andy Murray; Stan Wawrinka; Novak Djokovic; Kei Nishikori
2016 U.S. Open – New York 2 Roger Federer; Tomas Berdych
2006 Australian Open – Melbourne 2 Rafael Nadal; Andre Agassi
2010 French Open – Paris 2 Nikolay Davydenko; Juan Martin Del Potro
2004 Wimbledon – London 2 David Nalbandian; Andre Agassi
2008 French Open – Paris 2 Andy Roddick; Richard Gasquet
2013 French Open – Paris 2 Andy Murray; Juan Martin Del Potro
2005 Wimbledon – London 2 Andre Agassi; Guillermo Canas

Now, if you, for whatever reason, say that measuring by missing Top 10 players isn’t good enough, we looked at Top 20 too…

Tournament No. top 20 Players Missing Players Missing
2017 U.S. Open – New York 5 Andy Murray; Stan Wawrinka; Novak Djokovic; Kei Nishikori; Milos Raonic
2003 Australian Open – Melbourne 4 Tim Henman; Tommy Haas; Pete Sampras; Thomas Johansson
2007 French Open – Paris 4 Tommy Haas; Andy Murray; Mikhail Youzhny; Mario Ancic
2009 Wimbledon – London 4 Rafael Nadal; Gael Monfils; David Nalbandian; Richard Gasquet
2003 Wimbledon – London 3 Carlos Moya; Albert Costa; Marat Safin
2004 Wimbledon – London 3 David Nalbandian; Andre Agassi; Gaston Gaudio
2005 Wimbledon – London 3 Andre Agassi; Guillermo Canas; Gaston Gaudio
2006 Australian Open – Melbourne 3 Rafael Nadal; Andre Agassi; Marat Safin
2006 U.S. Open – New York 3 Radek Stepanek; Mario Ancic; Nicolas Kiefer
2008 French Open – Paris 3 Andy Roddick; Richard Gasquet; Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
2010 French Open – Paris 3 Nikolay Davydenko; Juan Martin Del Potro; Radek Stepanek
2012 French Open – Paris 3 Mardy Fish; Gael Monfils; Kei Nishikori
2013 U.S. Open – New York 3 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga; Gilles Simon; Marin Cilic

Results are similar, 2017 U.S. Open still comes out as the weakest, although the 2006 Australian Open organizers were probably not happy that players like Nadal, Agassi and Safin missed the tournament…