The U.S. Open qualies are being played on the fast hard courts at Flushing Meadows and I wonder how many “power players” will make it into the main draw. Everyone's been talking for years about how power now dominates tennis. Remember when there was discussion about shortening the service box? Haven’t heard that recently… Ok, yes, players on average serve harder and hit groundstrokes faster (some around 90 MPH) than they did before the advent of graphite rackets and more sophisticated, rigorous strength training. However, look at the Number One players in the world - Roger Federer and Amelie Mauresmo. Federer has dominated men's tennis for the past few years and although he uses power at times, I think most people would agree that he wins because of his consistent all-court game, mental strength, etc. Mauresmo, who has been a top player for years, ascended to the top spot in women's tennis because she developed the confidence to execute her all-court game impressively in big matches. Sure, power plays a part in all of the top players’ games. But, do you think of "power player" when you hear the names Rafael Nadal, Tommy Robredo, Marcos Baghdatis, Nikolay Davydenko, Radek Stepanek, Justine Henin-Hardenne, Patty Schnyder or Elena Dementieva? They are all currently ranked in the top ten!