August 30th, 2010
10:07 AM ET

Sports Update: World's hardest tennis tourney starts

Tennis legend Rafael Nadal will play in a New York City tournament starting today.

The world's toughest tennis tournament begins today in New York City. While the men's side features bellwethers Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, the women's draw is wide open with Serena Williams and Justine Henin out with injuries. Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki is the tournament's top seed, despite never have won a major. S.I.com's Jon Wertheim breaks down the men's and women's seeds. Follow the action at the Open, all day viewing on a Monday that also features international basketball:

-U.S. Open (11 a.m. - 7 p.m., Tennis Channel and 1 p.m.- 11 p.m., ESPN2)

Among those scheduled to play at Flushing Meadow today: Kim Clijsters, Andy Roddick, Sam Stosur, and Robin Soderling. Venus Williams meets Italian Roberta Vinci in the opening night match followed by Roger Federer against Brian Dabul of Argentina.

FIBA World Basketball Championships: U.S. versus Brazil (12:30 PM, ESPN)

Nene is out for Brazil but the South American country has an experienced NBA player in Toronto guard Leandro Barbosa. Brazil is also hoping for the return of Anderson Varejao, the Cavalier forward who hasn't played since he suffered a sprained ankle in an Aug. 18 exhibition game. Kevin Durant led the U.S. over Slovenia with 22 points. Rudy Gay had 16.

BY THE NUMBERS

3 - Teams from Japan to win the Little League World Series since 2001, including this year's squad from Tokyo which defeated Waipahu, Hawaii 4-1 yesterday to end the United States's run of five straight World Series titles.

2 - Career titles for LPGA golfer Michelle Wie, who shot a 2-under 70 on Sunday

0 -Goals scored by Real Madrid in coach Jose Mourinho's debut. Mourinho's Real Madrid finished with a 0-0 draw at Real Mallorca Saturday.

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