What United States Tennis Association officials didn’t count on was the constant hum of people ordering food in an open-air arena, and chatting over meals at umbrella-covered tables that are a stone’s throw from the court.
U.S.T.A. officials also were ill-prepared for the chaos when a large number of fans were leaving one match by descending one of two sets of staircases at the same time as spectators were trying to ascend them for the next match.
“This is all trial by fury,” said Zausner, the chief operating officer of the National Tennis Center, who plans to make immediate adjustments, like designating sections of the staircases for separate up-and-down travel. “We’re learning people’s traffic patterns and changing things to accommodate them. We don’t want to wait until next year. We want to fix things now.” CINDY SHMERLER
Tuesday’s Top Story Lines
• At this time last year, Novak Djokovic had shut down his season because of an elbow injury. After a ragged return to tour in January, Djokovic seems to be back in the form that led him to 13 Grand Slam titles, including two at the Open. He won Wimbledon last month and claimed a top hardcourt title in Cincinnati last week. Djokovic plays Marton Fucsovics on Tuesday afternoon at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
• A handful of players have announced that the Open will be the final major tournament of their careers. The list includes Mikhail Youzhny of Russia and Julien Benneteau of France, two 36-year-olds who are scheduled to play on Tuesday.
• Four times this year Peter Polansky, a 30-year-old Canadian, lost in the final round of qualifying for a Grand Slam event, and four times he was able to enter anyway, drawn to a replace a late-withdrawing player.
He thus completed the first calendar-year Grand Slam of being a lucky loser. Polansky’s luck did have its limits. He lost his first-round match at the year’s first three majors, and he has to face fourth-seeded Alexander Zverev in the first round on Tuesday afternoon at Louis Armstrong Stadium.
• After losing in the first round of the 2011 French Open, Patty Schnyder retired. But in July 2015, about eight months after giving birth to her daughter, she returned to the tour, reinvigorated by a new outlook and a new baby. And after three years of steadily climbing the rankings, Schnyder, 39, finally made it back into a Grand Slam main draw. She plays Maria Sharapova, the No. 22 seed and 2006 Open champion, on Tuesday night.
• A year ago, Julia Glushko was going to quit tennis. But after three qualifying wins in three days last week, Glushko earned a first-round meeting against 62nd-ranked Monica Niculescu on Tuesday. The Times’ Marc Stein had a courtside seat to Glushko’s qualifying journey.
Gendler Brothers’ Matches to Watch
For the first time since 1999, the Bryan Brothers aren’t playing together at the US Open. To fill the void, the Gendler brothers — Dan and Max — will preview all the action at this year’s tournament. They’re active amateur players and have been going to the Open together for the better part of the last 15 years. Here they discuss their favorite matches for Day 2.
Frances Tiafoe vs. Adrian Mannarino
Grandstand, not before 5 p.m.
Dan: If you’re looking for something a little bit different, I present to you Adrian Mannarino.
Max: Yea, well, Tiafoe’s forehand isn’t exactly the picture of technical perfection either, but it comes with a great story. His father was a janitor at a tennis club, and young Frances hung around enough that he taught himself to play. He’s the future of American tennis, fun to watch, and should pull off some beautiful stuff of his own.
Kirsten Flipkens vs. CoCo Vandeweghe
Court 17, third match
Dan: CoCo Vandeweghe is from New York. She made the semifinals here last year. She loves it here. The crowd loves her back. She’s a great doubles player, comes to the net all time, uses the whole court, and is generally just a joy to watch.
Max: And her reward for all of those things is a matchup with Flipkens, a wily veteran. She has a bit of an unorthodox game as well, with a lot of slices thrown in around a jerky but effective forehand. I don’t know exactly what to expect, but I’d be surprised if this one wound was boring.
Roger Federer vs. Yoshihito Nishioka
Ashe Stadium, 7 p.m.
Max: I’ll take this one for the both of us. We’re unabashed Federer fan boys. All indications so far are that he will be back at it next year. But just in case he’s not, it’s worth savoring every time he steps on a court. Especially in New York. Especially under the lights. Where he once did this (Sorry, Andy Roddick):
Around the Grounds
Max: Marcos Baghdatis and Mikhail Youzhny are third up on Court 6. This is likely the last Open for both of these guys, but they can still play. They are especially fun to watch on a small court where you’re close enough to see how hard they hit and how much of a conversation they’re carrying on with themselves between points.
Dan: Kiki Bertens plays Kristyna Pliskova in the second match on Court 5.
Bertens has had a breakout year, and she’ll be looking to extend her run of form. Kristyna Pliskova will be trying to emulate her twin sister, Karolina, who won her first-round match Monday. Both players are known better for their clay-court game, but Bertens has shown more promise transitioning to the hard courts during the summer. She should be the favorite, but maybe there’s something to the notion that twins share everything?
Max: Marco Cecchinato made a bold run to the semifinals of the French Open. His opponent on Court 13, Julien Benneteau, has never won a singles title, but is a renowned doubles player. Both of these players rely on a good understanding on the court to move their opponents and play a measured, tactical game. For anyone trying to expand their game beyond just hitting the ball hard, this could be a perfect match to watch.
• Simona Halep became the first women’s No. 1 seed at the U.S. Open to lose in the first round of the tournament since the Open era began in 1968.
• Rafael Nadal advanced to the second round when David Ferrer retired with an injury in what Ferrer said was his last match at a Grand Slam tournament.
• Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka made winning returns to the U.S. Open after a one-year absence because of injuries.