2018 US Open (tennis)

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2018 US Open
DateAugust 27 – September 9
Edition138th
CategoryGrand Slam (ITF)
Draw128S/64D/32X
Prize money$53,000,000
SurfaceHard
LocationNew York City, New York, United States
VenueUSTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center
Champions
Men's Singles
Serbia Novak Djokovic
Women's Singles
Japan Naomi Osaka
Men's Doubles
United States Mike Bryan / United States Jack Sock
Women's Doubles
Australia Ashleigh Barty / United States CoCo Vandeweghe
Mixed Doubles
United States Bethanie Mattek-Sands / United Kingdom Jamie Murray
Boys' Singles
Brazil Thiago Seyboth Wild
Girls' Singles
China Wang Xiyu
Boys' Doubles
Bulgaria Adrian Andreev / United Kingdom Anton Matusevich
Girls' Doubles
United States Cori Gauff / United States Caty McNally
Wheelchair Men's Singles
United Kingdom Alfie Hewett
Wheelchair Women's Singles
Netherlands Diede de Groot
Wheelchair Quad Singles
Australia Dylan Alcott
Wheelchair Men's Doubles
United Kingdom Alfie Hewett / United Kingdom Gordon Reid
Wheelchair Women's Doubles
Netherlands Diede de Groot / Japan Yui Kamiji
Wheelchair Quad Doubles
United Kingdom Andrew Lapthorne / United States David Wagner
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The 2018 US Open was the 138th edition of tennis' US Open and the fourth and final Grand Slam event of the year. It was held on outdoor hard courts at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York City.

Rafael Nadal and Sloane Stephens were the defending champions in the men's and women's singles events, however both failed to defend their titles. Nadal retired during his semifinal match against Juan Martín del Potro. Stephens was defeated in the quarterfinals by Anastasija Sevastova, whom Stephens had beaten at the same stage the previous year.

Novak Djokovic won the men's singles title, defeating del Potro in the final, 6–3, 7–6(7–4), 6–3. It was his third US Open title and 14th Grand Slam, tying Pete Sampras' record to become equal third among all-time Grand Slam champions. In women's singles, Naomi Osaka defeated Serena Williams in the final, 6–2, 6–4, becoming Japan's first ever able-bodied Grand Slam singles champion.

Tournament[edit]

Arthur Ashe Stadium before the retractable roof was installed and where the finals of the US Open took place

The 2018 US Open was the 138th edition of the tournament and took place at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows–Corona Park of Queens in New York City, New York, United States. The tournament was held on 14 DecoTurf hard courts.

The tournament was an event run by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) and was part of the 2018 ATP World Tour and the 2018 WTA Tour calendars under the Grand Slam category. The tournament consisted of both men's and women's singles and doubles draws as well as a mixed doubles event. There are also singles and doubles events for both boys and girls (players under 18), which are part of the Grade A category of tournaments. Additionally, there are singles and doubles wheelchair tennis events for men, women and quads.

The tournament was played on hard courts and takes place over a series of 15 courts with DecoTurf surface, including the two existing main showcourts – Arthur Ashe Stadium and the new Grandstand. The brand new Louis Armstrong Stadium would be ready for the 2018 tournament and replaced the temporary stadium on the same site from the 2017 edition.

Broadcast[edit]

In the United States, the 2018 US Open will be the fourth year in a row under an 11-year, $825 million contract with ESPN, in which the broadcaster holds exclusive rights to the entire tournament and the US Open Series. This means that the tournament is not available on broadcast television. This also makes ESPN the exclusive U.S. broadcaster for three of the four tennis majors.

Point and prize money distribution[edit]

Point distribution[edit]

Below is a series of tables for each of the competitions showing the ranking points on offer for each event.

Senior[edit]

Event W F SF QF Round of 16 Round of 32 Round of 64 Round of 128 Q Q3 Q2 Q1
Men's Singles 2000 1200 720 360 180 90 45 10 25 16 8 0
Men's Doubles 0
Women's Singles 1300 780 430 240 130 70 10 40 30 20 2
Women's Doubles 10

Prize money[edit]

The total prize-money compensation for the 2018 US Open is $53 million, a more than 5% increase on the same total last year. Of that total, a record $3.8 million goes to both the men's and women's singles champions, which is increased by 2.7% from last year. This makes the US Open the most lucrative and highest paying tennis grand slam in the world, leapfrogging Roland-Garros in total prize money fund. Prize money for the US Open qualifying tournament is also up 10.3%, to $3.2 million.[1] The prize money for the wheelchair draw amounts to a total of US$350,000. The singles winners of the men and women draws receive US$31,200 and the winner of the quad singles receives US$23,400.[1]

Event W F SF QF Round of 16 Round of 32 Round of 64 Round of 128 Q3 Q2 Q1
Singles $3,800,000 $1,850,000 $925,000 $475,000 $266,000 $156,000 $93,000 $54,000 $30,000 $16,000 $8,000
Doubles $700,000 $350,000 $166,400 $85,275 $46,563 $27,876 $16,500 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Mixed Doubles $155,000 $70,000 $30,000 $15,000 $10,000 $5,000 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Notable stories[edit]

Women's Singles final[edit]

Naomi Osaka defeated Serena Williams in the final, 6–2, 6–4. During the final, Williams received three code violations, the second coming with a point penalty and the third with a game penalty.[2] The issue started during the second set when chair umpire Carlos Ramos cited Serena for a signal that was sent from her coach. Serena said she was unaware of the signal and verbally sparred with Ramos, saying "I don't cheat to win. I'd rather lose." and "You owe me an apology. I have never cheated in my life." After a mistake later in the second set, Serena smashed her racket into the court. This led to her second code violation, which Serena found out about upon attempting to serve and which increased the dispute between Serena and Ramos. During the change at the 3–4 mark, a discussion between Serena and Ramos broke down leading Serena to call Ramos both "a liar" and "a thief." As both players were concluding the changeover and getting set, Ramos issued Serena her third code violation.[3] This led to confusion from both players who did not appear to hear the announcement, which Ramos explained to both after summoning them over to his seat.[4] At this point, US Open referee, Brian Earley, and WTA supervisor, Donna Kelso, were summoned to the court due to the dispute.[5] A four-minute delay occurred due to a discussion between Serena, Earley, and Kelso regarding the issues. After the delay, Serena won the next game before Osaka won the set and match.[6][7][8][9]

Day-by-day summaries[edit]

Singles players[edit]

Men's Singles
Women's Singles

Singles seeds[edit]

The following are the seeded players and notable players who have withdrawn from the event. Seedings are based on ATP and WTA rankings as of August 20, 2018. Rank and points before are as of August 27, 2018.

Men's Singles[edit]

Seed Rank Player Points before Points defending Points won Points after Status
1 1 Spain Rafael Nadal 10,040 2,000 720 8,760 Semifinals retired against Argentina Juan Martín del Potro [3]
2 2 Switzerland Roger Federer 7,080 360 180 6,900 Fourth round lost to Australia John Millman
3 3 Argentina Juan Martín del Potro 5,500 720 1,200 5,980 Runner-up, lost to Serbia Novak Djokovic [6]
4 4 Germany Alexander Zverev 4,845 45 90 4,890 Third round lost to Germany Philipp Kohlschreiber
5 5 South Africa Kevin Anderson 4,615 1,200 180 3,595 Fourth round lost to Austria Dominic Thiem [9]
6 6 Serbia Novak Djokovic 4,445 0 2,000 6,445 Champion, defeated Argentina Juan Martín del Potro [3]
7 7 Croatia Marin Čilić 4,445 90 360 4,715 Quarterfinals lost to Japan Kei Nishikori [21]
8 8 Bulgaria Grigor Dimitrov 3,790 45 10 3,755 First round lost to Switzerland Stan Wawrinka [WC]
9 9 Austria Dominic Thiem 3,485 180 360 3,665 Quarterfinals lost to Spain Rafael Nadal [1]
10 10 Belgium David Goffin 3,435 180 180 3,435 Fourth round lost to Croatia Marin Čilić [7]
11 11 United States John Isner 3,200 90 360 3,470 Quarterfinals lost to Argentina Juan Martín del Potro [3]
12 12 Spain Pablo Carreño Busta 2,425 720 45 1,750 Second round retired against Portugal João Sousa
13 13 Argentina Diego Schwartzman 2,380 360 90 2,110 Third round lost to Japan Kei Nishikori [21]
14 14 Italy Fabio Fognini 2,190 10 45 2,225 Second round lost to Australia John Millman
15 15 Greece Stefanos Tsitsipas 2,042 (125) 45 1,962 Second round lost to Russia Daniil Medvedev
16 16 United Kingdom Kyle Edmund 1,935 90 10 1,855 First round lost to Italy Paolo Lorenzi
17 17 France Lucas Pouille 1,915 180 90 1,825 Third round lost to Portugal João Sousa
18 18 United States Jack Sock 1,815 10 45 1,850 Second round lost to Georgia (country) Nikoloz Basilashvili
19 22 Spain Roberto Bautista Agut 1,650 90 10 1,570 First round lost to Australia Jason Kubler [WC]
20 20 Croatia Borna Ćorić 1,735 90 180 1,825 Fourth round lost to Argentina Juan Martin del Potro [3]
21 19 Japan Kei Nishikori 1,755 0 720 2,475 Semifinals lost to Serbia Novak Djokovic [6]
22 21 Italy Marco Cecchinato 1,734 (48) 10 1,696 First round lost to France Julien Benneteau
23 23 South Korea Chung Hyeon 1,630 45 45 1,630 Second round lost to Kazakhstan Mikhail Kukushkin
24 27 Bosnia and Herzegovina Damir Džumhur 1,475 90 10 1,395 First round lost to Serbia Dušan Lajović
25 24 Canada Milos Raonic 1,575 0 180 1,755 Fourth round lost to United States John Isner [11]
26 25 France Richard Gasquet 1,535 10 90 1,615 Third round lost to Serbia Novak Djokovic [6]
27 26 Russia Karen Khachanov 1,525 10 90 1,605 Third round lost to Spain Rafael Nadal [1]
28 28 Canada Denis Shapovalov 1,385 205 90 1,270 Third round lost to South Africa Kevin Anderson [5]
29 29 France Adrian Mannarino 1,365 90 10 1,285 First round lost to United States Frances Tiafoe
30 30 Australia Nick Kyrgios 1,345 10 90 1,425 Third round lost to Switzerland Roger Federer [2]
31 32 Spain Fernando Verdasco 1,330 45 90 1,375 Third round lost to Argentina Juan Martín del Potro [3]
32 33 Serbia Filip Krajinović 1,314 (29)+(33) 10+20 1,282 First round retired against Australia Matthew Ebden

†The player did not qualify for the tournament in 2017, but is defending points from one or more 2017 ATP Challenger Tour tournaments.

Women's Singles[edit]

Seed Rank Player Points before Points defending Points won Points after Status
1 1 Romania Simona Halep 8,061 10 10 8,061 First round lost to Estonia Kaia Kanepi
2 2 Denmark Caroline Wozniacki 5,975 70 70 5,975 Second round lost to Ukraine Lesia Tsurenko
3 3 United States Sloane Stephens 5,482 2,000 430 3,912 Quarterfinals lost to Latvia Anastasija Sevastova [19]
4 4 Germany Angelique Kerber 5,305 10 130 5,425 Third round lost to Slovakia Dominika Cibulková [29]
5 5 Czech Republic Petra Kvitová 4,885 430 130 4,585 Third round lost to Belarus Aryna Sabalenka [26]
6 6 France Caroline Garcia 4,725 130 130 4,725 Third round lost to Spain Carla Suárez Navarro [30]
7 7 Ukraine Elina Svitolina 4,555 240 240 4,555 Fourth round lost to Latvia Anastasija Sevastova [19]
8 8 Czech Republic Karolína Plíšková 4,105 430 430 4,105 Quarterfinals lost to United States Serena Williams [17]
9 9 Germany Julia Görges 3,900 240 70 3,730 Second round lost to Russia Ekaterina Makarova
10 10 Latvia Jeļena Ostapenko 3,787 130 130 3,787 Third round lost to Russia Maria Sharapova [22]
11 11 Russia Daria Kasatkina 3,525 240 70 3,355 Second round lost to Belarus Aliaksandra Sasnovich
12 12 Spain Garbiñe Muguruza 3,500 240 70 3,330 Second round lost to Czech Republic Karolína Muchová [Q]
13 13 Netherlands Kiki Bertens 3,260 10 130 3,380 Third round lost to Czech Republic Markéta Vondroušová
14 14 United States Madison Keys 3,212 1,300 780 2,692 Semifinals lost to Japan Naomi Osaka [20]
15 15 Belgium Elise Mertens 2,940 10 240 3,170 Fourth round lost to United States Sloane Stephens [3]
16 16 United States Venus Williams 2,841 780 130 2,191 Third round lost to United States Serena Williams [17]
17 26 United States Serena Williams 1,676 0 1,300 2,976 Runner-up, lost to Japan Naomi Osaka [20]
18 17 Australia Ashleigh Barty 2,740 130 240 2,850 Fourth round lost to Czech Republic Karolína Plíšková [8]
19 18 Latvia Anastasija Sevastova 2,250 430 780 2,600 Semifinals lost to United States Serena Williams [17]
20 19 Japan Naomi Osaka 2,245 130 2,000 4,115 Champion, defeated United States Serena Williams [17]
21 21 Romania Mihaela Buzărnescu 2,068 40 0 2,028 Withdrew due to right ankle injury[10]
22 22 Russia Maria Sharapova 2,003 240 240 2,003 Fourth round lost to Spain Carla Suárez Navarro [30]
23 23 Czech Republic Barbora Strýcová 1,930 70 130 1,990 Third round lost to Belgium Elise Mertens [15]
24 25 United States CoCo Vandeweghe 1,878 780 10 1,108 First round lost to Belgium Kirsten Flipkens
25 32 Australia Daria Gavrilova 1,435 70 70 1,435 Second round lost to Belarus Victoria Azarenka [WC]
26 20 Belarus Aryna Sabalenka 2,140 (60) 240 2,320 Fourth round lost to Japan Naomi Osaka [20]
27 28 Russia Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 1,585 10 10 1,585 First round lost to Sweden Rebecca Peterson
28 27 Estonia Anett Kontaveit 1,665 10 10 1,665 First round lost to Czech Republic Kateřina Siniaková
29 35 Slovakia Dominika Cibulková 1,390 70 240 1,560 Fourth round lost to United States Madison Keys [14]
30 24 Spain Carla Suárez Navarro 1,879 240 430 2,069 Quarterfinals lost to United States Madison Keys [14]
31 29 Slovakia Magdaléna Rybáriková 1,540 130 10 1,420 First round lost to China Wang Qiang
32 30 Greece Maria Sakkari 1,514 130 70 1,454 Second round lost to United States Sofia Kenin

† Serena Williams was ranked 26 on the day when seeds were announced. Nevertheless, she was deemed a special case and seeded 17th by the organizers because she missed a significant portion of the last 12-month period due to pregnancy and maternity.
‡ The player did not qualify for the tournament in 2017. Accordingly, points for her 16th best result are deducted instead.

Doubles seeds[edit]

Mixed doubles[edit]

Team Rank1 Seed
Canada Gabriela Dabrowski Croatia Mate Pavić 12 1
United States Nicole Melichar Austria Oliver Marach 19 2
Chinese Taipei Chan Hao-ching Finland Henri Kontinen 28 3
Chinese Taipei Latisha Chan Croatia Ivan Dodig 29 4
Czech Republic Andrea Sestini Hlaváčková France Édouard Roger-Vasselin 34 5
Netherlands Demi Schuurs Netherlands Matwé Middelkoop 41 6
Slovenia Katarina Srebotnik New Zealand Michael Venus 41 7
United States Abigail Spears Colombia Juan Sebastián Cabal 43 8

1Rankings as of August 20, 2018.

Events[edit]

Men's Singles[edit]

Women's Singles[edit]

Men's Doubles[edit]

Women's Doubles[edit]

Mixed Doubles[edit]

Junior Boys' Singles[edit]

Junior Girls' Singles[edit]

Junior Boys' Doubles[edit]

Junior Girls' Doubles[edit]

Wheelchair Men's Singles[edit]

Wheelchair Women's Singles[edit]

Wheelchair Quad Singles[edit]

Wheelchair Men's Doubles[edit]

Wheelchair Women's Doubles[edit]

Wheelchair Quad Doubles[edit]

Wild card entries[edit]

The following players were given wildcards to the main draw based on internal selection and recent performances.