New York, NY – August 24, 2018: Heather Watson of England returns ball during qualifying day 4 against Katie Swan of England at US Open Tennis championship at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center (Photo: Lev Radin/Gildshire)
The 2018 US Open Qualifying Tournament was held at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York, Aug. 21-24, with today’s rising stars competing to qualify for this year’s final Grand Slam which begins today, Monday, Aug. 28.
In the women’s draw, Simona Halep is the No. 1 seed and the defending women’s singles champion Sloane Stephens is the No. 3 seed heading into the 2018 U.S. Open. In the men’s draw, defending champ Rafael Nadal is the No. 1 seed looking for his 18th Grand Slam. There will be plenty of exciting tennis to look forward to starting on Monday in tennis’ fourth Grand Slam of the year, however, the rising stars fighting for a place in the finals provided a week of quality tennis and plenty of action.
Among the highlights was Britain’s Heather Watson, 116th in the world rankings, who had not won at Flushing Meadows since winning the junior title in 2009, booked herself a place in the finals. The 26-year-old will face Russian world number 49 Ekaterina Makarova, a 2014 semi-finalist, in the first round.
Canadian Eugenie Bouchard, number 123 in the world, also qualified, and she will be one to watch as she has been quite unlucky at the US Open, and not only on the court. Bouchard slipped in the locker room in 2015 and suffered a concussion, which forced her to miss the rest of the season and led to a lawsuit against the USTA that was settled earlier this year.
On the men’s side, South African Lloyd Harris qualified for the main draw for the first time, after beating USA’s JC Aragone 6-4, 6-2 in his third qualifying match. The 21-year-old from Cape Town, who is ranked 145th in the ATP world rankings, joins fellow South African, Kevin Anderson in the main draw.
Canadian tennis player Peter Polansky lost in the final qualifying round of the US Open on Friday, however, was randomly selected from a field of 16 players to fill out a vacated US Open spot. He is now a record holding “lucky loser,” a player who fails to qualify but enters the main draw after other participants withdraw due to injury or other reasons. Polansky has been the “lucky loser” at four Grand Slams in a row. Fortune clearly favors Polansky, the 120th-ranked tennis player in the world, faces No. 4 seed Alexander Zverev on Tuesday at the US Open, and he will need some luck.
For all the results from the Qualifying round check out the US Open website.
If you are a tennis fan and love great food then you are in luck because once again the US Open brings you a food court unlike any other. From local New York City hot spots such as Melt Shop, Fuku and Korilla BBQ to fine-dining dishes, there is something for everyone. The Food Village at the US Open has gained a reputation year in and year out, of serving the very best food for every taste. It is a destination in itself if you tend to be more of a foodie than a tennis enthusiast.
One of our favorites, as it is a New York City event, is Neopolitan Express pizza, and new to this year’s menu is the urbani truffle and artichoke pizza. Also, what’s a Food Village without tacos, therefore, check out Chef David Burke’s Angry Tacos.
If you need to hydrate and get some healthy energy, Juice Press is the place for you. The popular NYC spot is offering its classic and refreshing cold pressed juices as well as “superfood hydration” juices.
On the fine dining side, if you love seafood check out Lure Fishbar, a Soho restaurant at Oyster Bar 7 by Grandstand stadium and at the Oyster Bar on the Club Level in Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Grey Goose Honey Deuce is the U.S. Open’s signature cocktail. This year’s glass commemorates the U.S. Open’s 50th anniversary.