It has been five years since men’s tennis had a first-time singles champion at a Grand Slam tournament. Will the U.S. Open be different?
We followed some of the qualifying matches at the National Tennis Center on Friday, seeing who earned a ticket into the main draw.
This year’s U.S. Open is a good time to remember significant victories for Rod Laver, Andre Agassi, Tracy Austin and Serena Williams.
Last year’s U.S. Open women’s final ended with accusations of sexism and confusion about the rules on coaching during matches. But tennis leaders can’t agree on what, if anything, to fix.
Here are some names to seek out on the outside courts at the U.S.T.A. National Tennis Center during the first week of the tournament.
After the furor that enveloped the women’s final last year, when Serena Williams was penalized a point and then a game, the tournament organizers decided to make rulings clearer to fans.
The city comptroller said the tournament organizers had improperly reported its revenue, and he called for a renegotiation of the lease for the tournament site.
Williams holds a 19-2 career record against Sharapova, whom she has never faced in Flushing Meadows over their long careers.
The 17-year-old American, who reached the semifinals of the French Open in June, would have been seeded at the Open, which begins Monday.
The main draw of the tournament doesn’t start until next Monday, but there is plenty to see in Flushing Meadows right now.
The 24-year-old Keys went through a series of big names to earn the title in Cincinnati. Daniil Medvedev won the men’s final.
With the upset, Svetlana Kuznetsova advanced to play Madison Keys in the final of the Western & Southern Open, leaving women’s tennis a bit unsettled ahead of the U.S. Open.
The new Bronx Open, which begins Sunday at Crotona Park, is the only professional women’s event held the week before the U.S. Open.
“I’m kind of worried a little bit,” Osaka said after being forced to retire from a quarterfinal less than two weeks before she is to start defending her U.S. Open title.
Carlos Ramos, who issued penalties against Williams during last year’s U.S. Open final, will not be assigned to her matches, or her sister’s, this year.
He has 11 wins in 17 days, all in straight sets. He is tied with Rafael Nadal for the ATP Tour lead with 41 victories this year.
Kyrgios earned eight fines during his loss to Karen Khachanov on Wednesday at the Western & Southern Open.
Williams, who was forced to retire from the Rogers Cup final on Sunday, decided shortly before her first-round match was to start in Ohio that she could not compete.
Gauff, the 15-year-old who starred at Wimbledon last month, will play in her second Grand Slam main draw.
After his straight-sets defeat against Richard Gasquet in the Cincinnati Masters, Murray announced that he would not play singles in the United States Open.
Williams retired, fighting back tears, after just four games, handing the title to the 19-year-old Canadian Bianca Andreescu.
Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka met on Friday in Toronto in a rematch of last year’s U.S. Open final. Things went much better.
Williams advanced to the Rogers Cup semifinals by defeating Osaka, 6-3, 6-4, in their first meeting since Osaka won the U.S. Open final last year.
They will join Novak Djokovic on the ATP Player Council at a time when players are divided over the direction of the tour.
The two young Canadians shared living quarters during the Rogers Cup two years ago, when Shapovalov stunned Rafael Nadal. Now Auger-Aliassime is the country’s rising star.
Gauff, 15, teamed with Caty McNally, 17, to claim the doubles crown at an event in Washington. Gauff said they want to win together again at the U.S. Open.
Four players 17 or younger are in the top 150 of the WTA rankings. All of them are American.
She returns to tennis next week in Toronto, hoping to revive a difficult season with a return to hardcourts, her favorite surface.
This week’s tournament in Washington wanted to celebrate doubles play. But only stars got the spotlight.
Playing in a small venue in the middle of the day in Washington, Gauff drew a capacity crowd. Zarina Diyas beat her easily.
Gauff, 15, won a qualifying match in the Citi Open weeks after her star-making Grand Slam debut. An age eligibility rule prevented her from directly making this event’s main draw.