| By Eric C. Peck

Today at the USTA BIllie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, N.Y., the men's and women's draws were announced for the 2011 U.S. Open. On the men's side, top-seeded Novak Djokovic will face a still-to-be-determined qualifier, while the number two seed, Rafael Nadal from Spain, will face Andrey Golubev from Kazakhstan. The number three seed, Roger Federer from Switzerland, will meet Santiago Giraldo from Colombia in first round action.

One the women's side of the field, with last year's winner Kim Clijsters having already withdrawn due to injury, top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki will face Spaniard Nuria Llagostera Vives in round one action, while the number two-seeded Vera Zvonareva faces a still-to-be-determined qualifier. Three-time U.S. Open champ Serena Williams leads the women's field with 13 Grand Slam titles under her belt, meets Bojana Jovanovski from Serbia in the first round of action. Serena, seeded 28th overall, is coming off a year of nursing injuries, from last year's foot laceration to a career-threatening pulmonary embolism and hematoma this past March.

2011 U.S. Open First Round Matches

Men's Draw

►Novak Djokovic (1), Serbia, vs. Qualifier

►Pere Riba, Spain, vs. Carlos Berlocq, Argentina

►Potito Starace, Italy, vs. Michael Berrer, Germany

►Nikolay Davydenko, Russia, vs. Ivan Dodig (32), Croatia

►Alexandr Dolgopolov (22), Ukraine, vs. Frederico Gil, Portugal

►Kei Nishikori, Japan, vs. Flavio Cipolla, Italy

►Ivo Karlovic, Croatia, vs. Fernando Gonzalez, Chile

►Sergiy Stakhovsky, Ukraine, vs. Richard Gasquet (13), France

►Tomas Berdych (9), Czech Republic, vs. Qualifier

►Fabio Fognini, Italy, vs. Horacio Zeballos, Argentina

►Philipp Petzschner, Germany, vs. Albert Ramos, Spain

►Qualifier vs. Janko Tipsarevic (20), Serbia

►Marcel Granollers (31), Spain, vs. Xavier Malisse, Belgium

►Mikhail Kukushkin, Kazakhstan, vs. Albert Montanes, Spain

►Pablo Andujar, Spain, vs. Juan Carlos Ferrero, Spain

►Grigor Dimitrov, Bulgaria, vs. Gael Monfils (7), France

►Roger Federer (3), Switzerland, vs. Santiago Giraldo, Colombia

►Dudi Sela, Israel, vs. Thomaz Bellucci, Brazil

►Qualifier vs. Bernard Tomic, Australia

►w-Ryan Harrison, United States, vs. Marin Cilic (27), Croatia

►Radek Stepanek (23), Czech Republic, vs. Philipp Kohlschreiber, Germany

►Juan Monaco, Argentina, vs. Andreas Seppi, Italy

►Tommy Haas, Germany, vs. Qualifier

►Alejandro Falla, Colombia, vs. Viktor Troicki (15), Serbia

►Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (11), France, vs. Yen-hsun Lu, Taiwan

►Andreas Haider-Maurer, Austria, vs. Qualifier

►Qualifier vs. Qualifier

►Jarkko Nieminen, Finland, vs. Fernando Verdasco (19), Spain

►Michael Llodra (29), France, vs. Victor Hanescu, Romania

►Kevin Anderson, South Africa, vs. Qualifier

►Qualifier vs. Thiemo de Bakker, Netherlands

►Tobias Kamke, Germany, vs. Mardy Fish (8), United States

►Robin Soderling (6), Sweden, vs. Qualifier

►Alex Bogomolov Jr., United States, vs. w-Steve Johnson, United States

►w-Robby Ginepri, United States, vs. Qualifier

►Marcos Baghdatis, Cyprus, vs. John Isner (28), United States

►Juan Martin del Potro (18), Argentina, vs. Filippo Volandri, Italy

►Diego Junqueira, Argentina, vs. Karol Beck, Slovakia

►Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, Spain, vs. Daniel Gimeno-Traver, Spain

►Ricardo Mello, Brazil, vs. Gilles Simon (12), France

►Stanislas Wawrinka (14), Switzerland, vs. Maximo Gonzalez, Argentina

►w-Donald Young, United States, vs. Qualifier

►Dmitry Tursunov, Russia, vs. Steve Darcis, Belgium

►w-Marinko Matosevic, Australia, vs. Juan Ignacio Chela (24), Argentina

►Feliciano Lopez (25), Spain, vs. Tatsuma Ito, Japan

►Qualifier vs. Lukas Rosol, Czech Republic

►Rui Machado, Portugal, vs. Robin Haase, Netherlands

►Somdev Devvarman, India, vs. Andy Murray (4), Britain

►David Ferrer (5), Spain, vs. Igor Andreev, Russia

►James Blake, United States, vs. Qualifier

►Olivier Rochus, Belgium, vs. Qualifier

►Adrian Mannarino, France, vs. Florian Mayer (26), Germany

►Andy Roddick (21), United States, vs. Michael Russell, United States

►w-Jack Sock, United States, vs. Marc Gicquel, France

►Denis Istomin, Uzbekistan, vs. Ryan Sweeting, United States

►w-Julien Benneteau, France, vs. Nicolas Almagro (10), Spain

►Mikhail Youzhny (16), Russia, vs. Ernests Gulbis, Latvia

►Edouard Roger-Vasselin, France, vs. Gilles Muller, Luxembourg

►Matthias Bachinger, Germany, vs. Igor Kunitsyn, Russia

►Eric Prodon, France, vs. Jurgen Melzer (17), Austria

►van Ljubicic (30), Croatia, vs. Blaz Kavcic, Slovenia

►w-Bobby Reynolds, United States, vs. David Nalbandian, Argentina

►Nicolas Mahut, France, vs. Qualifier

►Andrey Golubev, Kazakhstan, vs. Rafael Nadal (2), Spain



Women's Draw

►Caroline Wozniacki (1), Denmark, vs. Nuria Llagostera Vives, Spain

►Arantxa Rus, Netherlands, vs. Elena Vesnina, Russia

►Vania King, United States, vs. Greta Arn, Hungary

►Iveta Benesova, Czech Republic, vs. Jarmila Gajdosova (29), Australia

►Daniela Hantuchova (21), Slovakia, vs. Pauline Parmentier, France

►Akgul Amanmuradova, Uzbekistan, vs. Tamira Paszek, Austria

►w-Jamie Hampton, United States, vs. Elena Baltacha, Britain

►Sara Errani, Italy, vs. Svetlana Kuznetsova (15), Russia

►Andrea Petkovic (10), Germany, vs. Qualifier

►Qualifier vs. Zheng Jie, China

►w-Casey Dellacqua, Australia, vs. Alize Cornet, France

►Irina-Camelia Begu, Romania, vs. Roberta Vinci (18), Italy

►Kaia Kanepi (31), Estonia, vs. Tamarine Tanasugarn, Thailand

►Kimiko Date-Krumm, Japan, vs. Qualifier

►Mathilde Johansson, France, vs. Carla Suarez Navarro, Spain

►Simona Halep, Romania, vs. Li Na (6), China

►Victoria Azarenka (4), Belarus, vs. Johanna Larsson, Sweden

►Rebecca Marino, Canada, vs. Gisela Dulko, Argentina

►Qualifier vs. Eleni Daniilidou, Greece

►Bojana Jovanovski, Serbia, vs. Serena Williams (28), United States

►Shahar Peer (23), Israel, vs. Sania Mirza, India

►Qualifier vs. w-Sloane Stephens, United States

►Evgeniya Rodina, Russia, vs. Petra Cetkovska, Czech Republic

►Ksenia Pervak, Russia, vs. Ana Ivanovic (16), Serbia

►Jelena Jankovic (11), Serbia, vs. w-Alison Riske, United States

►Jelena Dokic, Australia, vs. Olga Govortsova, Belarus

►Petra Martic, Croatia, vs. Barbora Zahlavova Strycova, Czech Republic

►Anna Tatishvili, Georgia, vs. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (17), Russia

►Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez (32), Spain, vs. Mona Barthel, Germany

►Chanelle Scheepers, South Africa, vs. Anne Keothavong, Britain

►Mirjana Lucic, Croatia, vs. Qualifier

►Qualifier vs. Francesca Schiavone (7), Italy

►Petra Kvitova (5), Czech Republic, vs. Alexandra Dulgheru, Romania

►Patricia Mayr-Achleitner, Austria, vs. Monica Niculescu, Romania

►w-Jill Craybas, United States, vs. w-Madison Keys, United States

►Magdalena Rybarikova, Slovakia, vs. Lucie Safarova (27), Czech Republic

►Yanina Wickmayer (20), Belgium, vs. Sorana Cirstea, Romania

►Alla Kudryavtseva, Russia, vs. Anastasia Rodionova, Australia

►w-Lauren Davis, United States, vs. Angelique Kerber, Germany

►Qualifier vs. Agnieszka Radwanska (12), Poland

►Peng Shuai (13), China, vs. Varvara Lepchenko, United States

►Virginie Razzano, France, vs. Tsvetana Pironkova, Bulgaria

►Misaki Doi, Japan, vs. Laura Pous-Tio, Spain

►Kristina Barrois, Germany, vs. Julia Goerges (19), Germany

►Flavia Pennetta (26), Italy, vs. w-Aravane Rezai, France

►Melanie Oudin, United States, vs. Qualifier

►Anastasiya Yakimova, Belarus, vs. Qualifier

►Heather Watson, Britain, vs. Maria Sharapova (3), Russia

►Marion Bartoli (8), France, vs. Qualifier

►Christina McHale, United States, vs. Qualifier

►Vera Dushevina, Russia, vs. Anastasija Sevastova, Latvia

►Ekaterina Makarova, Russia, vs. Maria Kirilenko (25), Russia

►Nadia Petrova (24), Russia, vs. Qualifier

►Bethanie Mattek-Sands, United States, vs. Polona Hercog, Slovenia

►CoCo Vandeweghe, United States, vs. Alberta Brianti, Italy

►Sofia Arvidsson, Sweden, vs. Sam Stosur (9), Australia

►Dominika Cibulkova (14), Slovakia, vs. Zhang Shuai, China

►Klara Zakopalova, Czech Republic, vs. Irina Falconi, United States

►Vesna Dolonts, Russia, vs. Venus Williams, United States

►Alona Bondarenko, Ukraine, vs. Sabine Lisicki (22), Germany

►Anabel Medina Garrigues (30), Spain, vs. Qualifier

►Qualifier vs. Ayumi Morita, Japan

►Lucie Hradecka, Czech Republic, vs. Kateryna Bondarenko, Ukraine

►Qualifier vs. Vera Zvonareva (2), Russia

Eric C. Peck is Editor-in-Chief of Long Island Tennis Magazine. He may be reached by e-mail at eric@litennismag.com