In its maiden match, Caroline Wozniacki—a two-time finalist here—beat Taylor Townsend in three sets, 7-5 in the third. Then young American Frances Tiafoe served for the match against John Isner but capitulated and fell 7-6 in the fifth set. Keep an eye on Naomi Osaka, an 18-year-old based in Florida who plays for Japan.
Flavia Pennetta arrived back at Arthur Ashe Stadium and had one question: "Where is it?" She couldn't wait to see the most recent addition to the photos of past champions displayed at the U.S. Open. It's been almost one year since Pennetta affixed her name to that list, yet as she returned to Flushing Meadows on Friday, that moment felt much longer ago than 12 months. The 2015 U.S. Open final was not only when the 33-year-old Italian won her first major title. It was also when she announced to the world that she planned to retire. "I had the chance to say to everyone in the perfect moment in the perfect way," Pennetta told The Associated Press before she appeared at the U.S. Open draw ceremony
There will no longer be a time during the U.S. Open when all tennis matches will be canceled because of rain. On Tuesday, the USTA showed off the new retractable roof over Arthur Ashe stadium — the tournament’s largest venue for matches — which has 23,771 seats. The roof is made up of fabric covered with PTFE (polytetrafluoroethylene) and it sits on a 6,500-ton steel structure. The fabric “allows sun to reflect off the panels, making the stadium more energy efficient,” according to the U.S. Tennis Association, or USTA. It will also provide shade to people sitting in the higher sections, even when the movable parts of the roof are open. The roof, which cost about $150 million in privately funded