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Your chance to predict the future

Updated: August 24, 2010, 1:03 PM ET
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

Below is your latest challenge. Read, think, predict and give ESPN.com your best answer.

Did you see Juan Martin del Potro coming at last year's U.S. Open? Really? How about Kim Clijsters in the infancy of her comeback from retirement?

Against impressive odds, they were winners in the men's and women's singles finals at the National Tennis Center. This year, you can join them as a champion -- with a little luck and lot of tennis intelligence.

Introducing, ESPN.com's 2010 U.S. Open contest.

Before the French Open, we asked you to predict the number of main-draw singles wins by Americans. Joseph Juda, a 25-year-old law student from Toronto, Canada, correctly guessed 19. Before Wimbledon, the target was main-draw wins by former Grand Slams. Once again, we had a direct hit; Chris Casey of East Greenbush, N.Y., had 44.

OK, in retrospect, that was pretty tame stuff. When the U.S. Open singles draws are announced -- Thursday at noon ET on ESPN2 and ESPN3.com -- we are asking you to do nothing less than predict the future -- in exacting, excruciating detail.

Yes, we want you to predict the eight men's and women's quarterfinalists and take the draw all the way through, giving us your semifinalists, finalists and, ultimately, champions. That's 30 different calculations, 30 names -- maybe 10 or 15 minutes of your time. And before you start to think that's a can of corn, consider that four of last year's quarterfinalists on the women's side were Melanie Oudin, Yanina Wickmayer, Flavia Pennetta and Kateryna Bondarenko.

Spend as much time with those draws as you like -- but make sure you send your experts' picks to Greg Garber before the first ball goes up next Monday morning. The winner gets a fabulous (we use that term loosely) prize from the U.S. Open gift shop -- and immortality when we announce the result in an ESPN.com story after the Open.

Greg Garber is a senior writer for ESPN.com.

Greg Garber

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Greg Garber joined ESPN in 1991 and provides reports for NFL Countdown and SportsCenter. He is also a regular contributor to Outside the Lines and a senior writer for ESPN.com.