| By New York Tennis Magazine Staff
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What to Watch For

By Stefen Rosner

Domination




Novak Djokovic has been on a tear over a long stretch that dates back to the summer of 2018. He has added some nice hardware to his collection this season, having taken down Rafael Nadal at the Australian Open in straight sets, as well as outlasting Roger Federer in a tie-breaker to win Wimbledon for the second consecutive year. The US Open has not been too kind to the Serbian, as he owns a 2-5 record in the US Open Finals throughout his 12-year pro career. But he is the tournament’s defending champion and since 2016, winning is all we really have seen from him. The 32-year old will look to continue his dominant year, and being currently ranked number one in the world, he will definitely be a heavy favorite. He has shown that he can beat a variety of opponents on any surface and will look to dominate like he did last year in Flushing Meadows.

 

Youngest gun looks to improve


 

At the age of 15, Cori Gauff, who goes by the nickname “Coco,” shocked the tennis world at Wimbledon. She became the youngest player in the modern era to qualify for the main draw at the event. And in the first round, she made a bigger name for herself, as she knocked out her idol, Venus Williams. She was able to win her next two matches, reaching the Round of 16, before losing to eventual champion Simona Halep. It was an electric start to the youngster’s career, and now back on home soil, she will look to make waves in the Women’s Singles Draw. However, she may face some added pressure after her accomplishments over the pond. But in an interview with CNN, Coco stated that she is living the dream. As she grows more mature, her physical and mental toughness will propel her to superstar status in the tennis world for many years to come. She already captured her first WTA title during the US Open Series with a doubles win at the Citi Open, and will be looking to perform under the bright lights of the final Grand Slam of 2019 for the New York crowd.

 

Serena is far from done


 

At the age of 37, Serena Williams is still the name everyone thinks of when they talk about the best in the world. But the greatest players cannot win them all, and as they get older, it becomes increasingly difficult to continue to dominate a sport that grows younger by the day. At Wimbledon, Serena was able to make it back to the finals, but lost to Simona Halep 2-6, 2-6. She was even fined $10,000 for damages to a practice court earlier in the tournament. Surprisingly, Serena has struggled to win over the last handful of tournaments she has played. This year has been a rough one by her own standards, where she has not won any titles in six events. Last year, she reached the finals of the US Open, but lost to Naomi Osaka in controversial fashion, as Serena was hit with three penalties in the second half by match chair umpire Carlos Ramos. She felt as if Ramos took the match away from her, and expressed that directly by calling him "a thief", which he penalized her for. But anytime Serena is in the draw she is a favorite to win the whole thing as she pursues that elusive 24th Grand Slam title. 

 

Overcoming the big stage


 

At just 22-years-old, Alexander Zverev has already cemented himself in the sport’s history after becoming the youngest player to crack the top 10 back in 2018. But even more impressive is that he is now ranked inside the top five in the world and has won 11 ATP titles in singles and two in doubles. But for the German youngster, he has yet to win a major, or even make it out of the quarterfinals. He is coming off a shocking loss which saw him dismissed in the first round at Wimbledon. And at the US Open a year ago, Zverev lost in the third round to fellow German Phillip Kohlschreiber in four sets. He has beaten the top dogs like Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in ATP events, but hasn’t been able to get it done on the biggest stages. With still so much time to improve, it will be interesting to see if Zverev can go deep at the US Open. These are the events that separate the good players from the great players, and if he wants to join the ranks of tennis greatness, then a run at the US Open is pivotal for the 22-year-old Zverev.

 

Osaka looks to bounce back


 

Naomi Osaka has struggled mightily since winning the US Open a year ago and the Australian Open earlier this year. The 21-year-old was able to beat Serena Williams in straight sets to take home her first ever major win last September in Flushing Meadows. If that does not add a vote of confidence at her young age, not much will. Beating your idol is something that many dream of doing, but very few ever get the opportunity. A couple of months later, Osaka took home another major, winning the Australian Open in three sets against Petra Kvitova. She became Asia’s first number one ranked player, male or female, but the pressure of that distinction seems to have overtaken her ability to play the style of tennis that got her there. She lost in the Round of 32 at the Dubai Tennis Championship, the Round of 16 at the Indian Wells Masters, Round of 32 at the Miami Open and retired during the semifinals at the Stuttgart Open due to an abdominal injury. Osaka was then defeated at the Madrid Open in the quarterfinals. The Italian and French Opens were no different: She lost the top-ranking heading into Wimbledon and a first round elimination just made matters worse. Heading back to the US Open should give Osaka some comfort as that is where she made her big splash. And maybe those good memories can kick start a great finish to the year for the young star.

 

Not a worry in the world for Kyrgios


 

Whether it’s not practicing, or going out the night before a big match, Nick Kyrgios is just living his life and playing tennis. He recently took down Daniil Medvedev to take home the Citi Open in Washington, D.C. in what he described as one of the best weeks of his life. At Wimbledon, he battled hard against Rafael Nadal in the second round as they went to two tie-breakers with Nadal taking both, and he won the Mexican Open back in March, beating the young Zverev in straight sets. His clash of talent and apathy can often irk fans and reporters, and he even recently said he doesn’t particularly care about winning a major. He has the skills to be great, but just has not displayed the work ethic needed to take his game to the next level. We will see if his recent triumph at the Citi Open will help him remain focused during the US Open, where he can put on an exciting show for the New York fans.


US Open to have richest purse in tennis history

The United States Tennis Association (USTA) has announced that the 2019 US Open will feature the largest purse in the sport’s history, as it will surpass $57 million in prize money. In addition to the increased prize money, the USTA will also be making a $1 million payment to support the ATP and WTA Tour player programs.

“The US Open prides itself on offering the best tennis players in the world, the richest total prize money in our sport,” said Patrick Galbraith, USTA chairman of the board and president. “We strive to be innovative, and feel that our new contribution of $500,000 to the ATP’s player programs, including its pension and the WTA Tour’s transition programs for players, will go a long way toward the long-term financial well-being of all of our sport’s athletes.”

The uptick in prize money represents an eight percent increase over the compensation handed out in 2018, with main draw prize money for the first round increasing by 47 percent over the last four years.

The men’s and women’s singles champion will each earn $3.85 million, while the men’s and women’s doubles championship teams will earn $740,000, both of which are the highest in U.S. Open history.

Here is a breakdown of the round-by-round payouts:

Singles

►Winner: $3,850,000

►Runner-Up: $1,900,000

►Semifinalist: $960,000

►Quarterfinalist: $500,000

►Round of 16: $280,000

►Round of 32: $163,000

►Round of 64: $100,000

►Round of 128: $58,000

Doubles (each team)

►Winner: $740,000

►Runner-Up: $370,000

►Semifinalist: $175,000

►Quarterfinalist: $91,000

►Round of 16: $50,000

►Round of 32: $30,000

►Round of 64: $17,000

The US Open's main draw begins on Monday, Aug. 26 and runs through Sunday, Sept. 8 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.


Where to eat/drink at the US Open (courtesy of USOpen.org)


 

Aces: Located on the Club Level in Arthur Ashe Stadium between Gates 3 and 4, Aces is available to Courtside Box seat holders and Luxury Suite guests. Loge and Promenade Subscription Series ticket holders may purchase restaurant passes.

Champions Bar & Grill: Also located on the Club Level in Arthur Ashe Stadium between Gates 3 and 4, Champions Bar & Grill is a first-class chop shop featuring premium steaks, hearty salads and fresh seafood prepared by Benjamin Steakhouse, which is consistently rated one of New York City’s best. Bring your friends for lunch, dinner or after the matches. You won’t miss a moment of the action with live matches on our many TVs.

US Open Club: The US Open Club is located on the ground floor of Arthur Ashe Stadium. Available to all Subscription Series ticket holders, the Club is available for a nominal entrance fee and is included in select Lodge seat subscriptions. With its striking contemporary décor, the US Open Club is famous for its Chef’s Table and seasonal selections of American cuisine, and is open for lunch, dinner and after matches.

Heineken Red Star Patio Café: Soak up the beautiful surroundings of the US Open grounds at the charming outdoor Heineken Red Star Patio Café, located outside the US Open Club. Enjoy fresh selections of seasonal foods, paired with a Heineken or a summer specialty cocktail. The Heineken Red Star Patio Café is available for all ticket holders.

Mojito Restaurant & Bar: Located on the ground floor of Arthur Ashe Stadium near the Heineken Red Star Patio Cafe, Mojito features a menu inspired by Chef Marcus Samuelsson. Experience Mojito’s luscious flavors with Latin specialties, enhanced by multiple TVs showing the live matches. Mojitos is available for all ticket holders.

Emirates Sports Café: The Emirates Sports Café is located on the west side of the South Plaza, adjacent to Court 7 and positioned above the US Open Collection Store. With a spacious, ideal setting to unwind and keep track of the matches, guests can enjoy the Café’s laid-back atmosphere and assortment of food and drink offerings. Emirates Sports Café is available for all ticket holders.

Cafe Spiaggia: Cafe Spiaggia is bringing its inviting and lively take on casual Italian fare to US Open guests again in 2018. James Beard Award-Winning Chef Tony Mantuano and winner of Top Chef Season 15, Joe Flamm, have curated a bright, fresh menu packed with shared plates, handmade pastas, and impeccable wines that provide the perfect setting for guests to savor and socialize.


Arthur Ashe Stadium Food


 

►Pat LaFrieda Meat Company: New York's "King of Meat" Pat LaFrieda serves his signature filet mignon steak sandwich and other favorites.

►Hill Country Kitchen: Located at Gate 9 and straight from Texas, Hill Country brings authentic barbeque to Flushing Meadows. Comfort food items are served up at this casual, down-home eatery.

►Angry Taco: Chef David Burke serves up a flavorful Mexican street food menu. Menu items include carne asada beef tacos, pescado tacos, nachos; chips and guacamole.

►Bar Tartine: Located at Gate 6, Bar Tartine uses the finest ingredients, traditional techniques and original recipes to deliver the most authentic artisanal flatbreads. Enjoy a Heineken or Honey Deuce as well.

►Dean & DeLuca: Located at Gate 10, Dean & Deluca brings you the world's finest gourmet and artisan food. The acclaimed upscale American market and purveyor of fine food joins the concessions offerings serving nutrient-rich performance bars and tasty, lighter options.

►Oyster Bar: Located at Gate 4, the Oyster Bar offers a selection of oysters, lobster rolls, and crab cakes with beverages to match!

►Wine Bar Food: Located at Gate 8, Wine Bar Food serves up its signature favorite flat bread, flaming ouzo shrimp, and other dishes by acclaimed Chef Tony Mantuano.

►Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream: Located at Gate 35, Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream serves hand-dipped ice cream with an array of toppings, milkshakes and smoothies.

►Franks & Sausages: Located at Gates 22, 23 & 27, Franks & Sausages serve New York Italian sausage, Coney Island foot-long frankfurters, all-beef frankfurters, kettle chips, baked pretzel braids, crackerjacks and ice cream.

►Fuku: Located at Gate 32, Fuku is a casual chicken concept by Momofuku. Originally started as a fried chicken sandwich joint, Fuku has since grown to serve a variety of chicken and seasonal offerings.

►Grand Slam Grill: Located at Gates 26 & 34, Grand Slam Grill serves up the classics … all-beef frankfurters, New York Style Italian sausage, grilled hamburgers and cheeseburgers, chicken tenders, seasoned french fries, baked pretzel braids and crackerjacks.

►Grey Goose Bars: Located at Gate 26, the Grey Goose Bars will again feature the Honey Deuce, the US Open’s signature cocktail.

►Italian Experience: Craving Italian? Visit the Italian Experience, located at Gates 25 & 36, for traditional cheese pizza, pepperoni and grilled panini sandwiches.

►JoJu: Serving classic Vietnamese sandwiches.

►Lemonade & Popcorn: As simple as it sounds … fresh-squeezed lemonade and fresh-popped popcorn, located at Gates 28 & 32.

►The Open Bar: Located at Gates 27, 33, & 38, the Open Bar serves US Open Signature Cocktails, Wine by the Glass, Heineken, wraps, sandwiches, kettle chips, crackerjacks and baked pretzel braids.

►Stellar Cellars Wine Bar: Serving delicious wines by the glass.

►Prime Burger: Located at Gate 29, Prime Burger serves grilled hamburger and cheeseburger, grilled chicken breast sandwich, World's Greatest hot dogs and seasoned french fries.


Backyard


 

►Franks & Fries: Satisfy your craving for comfort food, Franks & Fries features hot dogs, Italian sausage, chicken tenders and fries.

►FIELDTRIP: Offering a selection of rice bowls, grain buns and salads.

►Creperie: Enjoy traditional French crepes by Chef Paul. Choices include Le Boeuf (steak), Le Poule Dijon (chicken) and Le Classic (ham).

►Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream: Serving hand-dipped ice cream with an array of toppings, milkshakes and smoothies.


US Open Food Village


 

►Curry Kitchen: Offering traditional cuisine, including chicken tikka wraps, kati rolls, and lamb handi.

►Angry Taco: Chef David Burke serves up a flavorful Mexican street food menu. Menu items include carne asada beef tacos, pescado tacos, nachos; chips and guacamole.

►Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream: Serving hand-dipped ice cream with an array of toppings, milkshakes and smoothies.

►​Farm2Fork: If you're looking for a healthy option, Farm 2 Fork has you covered. Give the grain bowl a try—barley topped with chicken, roasted sweet potato, roasted beets and arugula.

►Fish Shack: Featuring lobster rolls, shrimp cocktail, poached salmon salad, and shrimp and lobster salad created by Chef David Burke.

►Franks & Fries: Satisfy your craving for comfort food, Franks & Fries features hot dogs, Italian sausage, chicken tenders and fries.

►Fuku: Fuku is a casual chicken concept by Momofuku. Originally started as a fried chicken sandwich joint, Fuku has since grown to serve a variety of chicken and seasonal offerings.

►​Grey Goose Bar: More than 275,000 melon balls will be used to garnish the US Open signature cocktail—the Honey Deuce. Get one and take the glass home as a souvenir.

►​Glatt Kosher: Enjoy sausage and peppers, pastrami, tuna wraps and knish.

►Hill Country Kitchen: Straight from Texas, Hill Country brings authentic barbeque to Flushing Meadows. Comfort food items are served up at this casual, down-home eatery.

►Korilla BBQ: Korilla features rice bowls served with caramelized kimchi, beansprouts, fire roasted corn, garlic spinach and choice of bulgogi (marinated ribeye), braised ginger sesame chicken, slow roasted pork shoulder in gochugaru (Korean red pepper flakes), and organic tofu, with choice of Korilla’s signature sauces.

►Lavazza Café: Lavazza brings the flavor of authentic Italian coffee to the US Open. Located in the Food Village and behind Court 6, the Lavazza Cafe serves hot and iced coffee, single or double espresso, café latte and more.

►Melt Shop: NYC’s comfort-food haven introduces several of its classic melted sandwiches and sides in Food Village.

►Neapolitan Express: Neapolitan’s pizzas feature locally sourced vegetables, as well as all-organic ingredients. Choices include margherita, meat lovers, and for dessert, the nutella pizza.

►Poke Yachty: Guests' choice of classic tuna, spicy tuna, salmon, crab and shrimp and tofu poke bowls.

►Prime Burger: Serving grilled hamburgers and cheeseburgers, grilled chicken breast sandwiches, World's Greatest hot dogs and seasoned French fries.

►Stellar Cellars: Serving delicious wines by the glass and other fine beverages at the full service bar.

 


Grandstand Food Village


 

►Oyster Bar 7: The Oyster Bar 7 is located adjacent to Grandstand and features a menu curated by Lure Fish Bar serving fresh oysters, lobster rolls and crab cakes in a unique setting.

►Angry Taco: Chef David Burke serves up a flavorful Mexican street food menu. Menu items include carne asada beef tacos, pescado tacos, nachos; chips and guacamole.

►Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream: Serving hand-dipped ice cream with an array of toppings, milkshakes and smoothies.

►Fish Shack: Featuring lobster rolls, shrimp cocktail, poached salmon salad, and shrimp and lobster salad created by Chef David Burke.

►​Grey Goose Bar: More than 275,000 melon balls will be used to garnish the US Open signature cocktail—the Honey Deuce. Get one and take the glass home as a souvenir.

►Franks & Fries: Satisfy your craving for comfort food, Franks & Fries features hot dogs, Italian sausage, chicken tenders and fries.

►Hill Country Kitchen: Straight from Texas, Hill Country brings authentic barbeque to Flushing Meadows. Comfort food items are served up at this casual, down-home eatery.

►Neapolitan Express: Neapolitan’s pizzas feature locally sourced vegetables, as well as all-organic ingredients. Choices include margherita, meat lovers, and for dessert, the nutella pizza.

►Prime Burger: Serving grilled hamburgers and cheeseburgers, grilled chicken breast sandwiches, World's Greatest hot dogs and seasoned French fries.


Louis Armstrong Stadium

Main Concourse


 

►Angry Taco: Chef David Burke serves up a flavorful Mexican street food menu. Menu items include carne asada beef tacos, pescado tacos, nachos; chips and guacamole. Angry Taco can also be found in Louis Armstrong Stadium in the Upper Concourse.

►Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream: Serving hand-dipped ice cream with an array of toppings, milkshakes and smoothies.

►Curry Kitchen: Offering traditional cuisine, including chicken tikka wraps, kati rolls, and lamb handi.

►Fuku: Fuku is a casual chicken concept by Momofuku. Originally started as a fried chicken sandwich joint, Fuku has since grown to serve a variety of chicken and seasonal offerings.

►Grand Slam Grill: Grand Slam Grill serves up the classics … all-beef frankfurters, New York Style Italian sausage, grilled hamburgers and cheeseburgers, chicken tenders, seasoned french fries, baked pretzel braids and crackerjacks. The Grand Slam Grill can also be found in Louis Armstrong Stadium in the Upper Concourse.

►Grey Goose Bar: More than 275,000 melon balls will be used to garnish the US Open signature cocktail—the Honey Deuce. Get one and take the glass home as a souvenir.

►Heineken Bar: Enjoy delicious Heineken draught beers, including Heineken, Heinken Light, and H41.

►Hill Country Kitchen: Straight from Texas, Hill Country brings authentic barbeque to Flushing Meadows. Comfort food items are served up at this casual, down-home eatery.

►Pat LaFrieda Meat Company: New York's "King of Meat" Pat LaFrieda serves his signature filet mignon steak sandwich and other favorites.

Upper Concourse

►Franks & Fries: Satisfy your craving for comfort food, Franks & Fries features hot dogs, Italian sausage, chicken tenders and fries.

►Korilla BBQ: Korilla features rice bowls served with caramelized kimchi, beansprouts, fire roasted corn, garlic spinach and choice of bulgogi (marinated ribeye), braised ginger sesame chicken, slow roasted pork shoulder in gochugaru (Korean red pepper flakes), and organic tofu, with choice of Korilla’s signature sauces.

►Melt Shop: NYC’s comfort-food haven introduces several of its classic melted sandwiches and sides in Food Village.

►Neapolitan Express: Neapolitan’s pizzas feature locally sourced vegetables, as well as all-organic ingredients. Choices include margherita, meat lovers, and for dessert, the nutella pizza.

Outside of Louis Armstrong

►Melt Bakery: Craving some dessert? Melt has a pop-up dessert station situated outside Louis Armstrong Stadium. Featuring delicious desserts.


South Plaza


 

►Dean & DeLuca: Dean & Deluca brings you the world's finest gourmet and artisan food. The acclaimed upscale American market and purveyor of fine food joins the concessions offerings serving nutrient-rich performance bars and tasty, lighter options.

►Pat LaFrieda Meat Company: New York's "King of Meat" Pat LaFrieda serves his signature filet mignon steak sandwich and other favorites.


Top reasons to love the US Open


 

►Entertainment from start to finish: From live music to interactive games and kids tennis sessions, there’s something for everyone at the 2019 US Open. It starts with Arthur Ashe Kids Day, which will take over the grounds of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on Saturday, Aug. 24. Again this year, access to the grounds and all grounds activities are free. For the first time, courtesy of the USTA Foundation, general admission promenade seats in Ashe Stadium for the concert are free. That entertainment continues throughout the tournament with the Opening Night Ceremony, and with Net Generation clinics taking place on court before each Day Session of the Main Draw.

►Tennis under the stars: There is something special about summer nights in New York City, and that only gets amplified during the US Open’s fortnight. Late-night tennis featuring star-studded matchups have become synonymous with the US Open. From Onny Parun and Stan Smith at the West Side Tennis Club in Forest Hills to Andre Agassi and James Blake nearly 15 years ago, the tennis stars always deliver big performances under the stars late into the early morning hours in the city that never sleeps.

►Practice court access: A two-story practice gallery debuted at the 2014 US Open, which allowed fans unprecedented access to see their favorite players as they prepared for their matches. In addition to the viewing area of the practice courts, the gallery is also adjacent to Courts 4, 5 and 6 where matches are taking place, giving fans 360 degrees of tennis.

►New York, New York: Tennis is an international sport with fans and players from all over the globe. But for a three-week period in the late summer, tennis’ home is located right here in our backyard. New York City becomes the sport’s host site and welcomes the best players and millions of fans to come celebrate the sport, and the city’s energy always brings out the best in the players.


2019 US Open Schedule (subject to change)

Session Day Date Session Time Matches Scheduled
1 Monday 08/26 11:00 a.m. Men's and Women's Round 1
2 Monday 08/26 7:00 p.m. Men's and Women's Round 1
3 Tuesday 08/27 11:00 a.m. Men's and Women's Round 1
4 Tuesday 08/27 7:00 p.m. Men's and Women's Round 1
5 Wednesday 08/28 11:00 a.m. Men's and Women's Round 2
6 Wednesday 08/28 7:00 p.m. Men's and Women's Round 2
7 Thursday 08/29 11:00 a.m. Men's and Women's Round 2
8 Thursday 08/29 7:00 p.m. Men's and Women's Round 2
9 Friday 08/30 11:00 a.m. Men's and Women's Round 3
10 Friday 08/30 7:00 p.m. Men's and Women's Round 3
11 Saturday 08/31 11:00 a.m. Men's and Women's Round 3
12 Saturday 08/31 7:00 p.m. Men's and Women's Round 3
13 Sunday 09/01 11:00 a.m. Men's and Women's Round of 16
14 Sunday 09/01 7:00 p.m. Men's and Women's Round of 16
15 Monday 09/02 11:00 a.m. Men's and Women's Round of 16
16 Monday 09/02 7:00 p.m. Men's and Women's Round of 16
17 Tuesday 09/03 11:00 a.m. Men's and Women's Quarterfinals
18 Tuesday 09/03 7:00 p.m. Men's and Women's Quarterfinals
19 Wednesday 09/04 11:00 a.m. Men's and Women's Quarterfinals
20 Wednesday 09/04 7:00 p.m. Men's and Women's Quarterfinals
21 Thursday 09/05 7:00 p.m. Women's Singles Semifinals
22 Friday 09/06 12:00 p.m. Men's Doubles Final
22 Friday 09/06 4:00 p.m. Men's Singles Semifinals
23 Saturday 09/07 12:00 p.m. Mixed Doubles Final
23 Saturday 09/07 4:00 p.m. Women's Singles Final
24 Sunday 09/08 1:00 p.m. Women's Doubles Final
24 Sunday 09/08 4:00 p.m. Men's Singles Final