This Year’s Open Features A New Louis Armstrong Stadium

With the US Open Qualifying tournament starting today, fans can get their first look at the new Louis Armstrong Stadium.

After the 2016 Open, the old edifice was demolished, and work began on this 14,000-seat show court. Last year a temporary stadium filled the void, but this week, the centerpiece of the US Open renovation that started in 2014 is now complete.

Roger Federer has called this the “Windy Open,” so the USTA is using that to its advantage with its new court.

Designed to the natural breeze in Flushing Meadows to cool the stadium, the New Armstrong is the first of its kind for retractable stadia. Sitting in the stadium, you can feel the breeze going through the structure, which is very pleasant on hot August days.

Of course, unlike the old stadium, which was originally the Singer Bowl at the 1964 World’s Fair, the New Armstrong has two large entrances and numerous concessions stands for the viewing public.

It is also going to be a ticketed stadium in the lower bowl, however the upper deck is still general admission for anyone with a ground’s pass.

The USTA is obviously proud of its new toy and besides a dedication tomorrow, Armstrong will now feature night matches to go along with the ones going on at Arthur Ashe Stadium. The Open is brilliantly removing one of the day matches on Ashe to accommodate the nocturnal Armstrong, which will also help the flow of the tournament. Generally, a five-set men’s match pushes back the start times of the night session, leaving many of the ticketed customers to wait until the day session is complete.

Sitting in the stadium today, which was being explored by many of the fans, even though none of the concessions were opened, you can feel the intimacy of the stands to the stadium, even though the footprint is much larger than its predecessor. And the breeze made it a very pleasant experience.

The dedication is tomorrow and Armstrong will be used heavily during this tournament, so you should check it out.

And to give you an idea on who will be playing at Armstrong – as well as Ashe – the USTA announced the seeding today with Simona Halep and Rafael Nadal as the No. 1 seeds.

The whole field is listed below.

2018 US Open Women’s Singles Seeds


  1. Simona Halep, Romania
  2. Caroline Wozniacki, Denmark
  3. Sloane Stephens, United States
  4. Angelique Kerber, Germany
  5. Petra Kvitova, Czech Republic
  6. Caroline Garcia, France
  7. Elina Svitolina, Ukraine
  8. Karolina Pliskova, Czech Republic
  9. Julia Goerges, Germany
  10. Jelena Ostapenko, Latvia
  11. Daria Kasatkina, Russia
  12. Garbiñe Muguruza, Spain
  13. Kiki Bertens, Netherlands
  14. Madison Keys, United States
  15. Elise Mertens, Belgium
  16. Venus Williams, United States
  17. Serena Williams, United States
  18. Ashleigh Barty, Australia
  19. Anastasija Sevastova, Latvia
  20. Naomi Osaka, Japan
  21. Mihaela Buzarnescu, Romania
  22. Maria Sharapova, Russia
  23. Barbora Strycova, Czech Republic
  24. CoCo Vandeweghe, United States
  25. Daria Gavrilova, Australia
  26. Aryna Sabalenka, Belarus
  27. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Russia
  28. Anett Kontaveit, Estonia
  29. Dominika Cibulkova, Slovakia
  30. Carla Suarez Navarro, Spain
  31. Magdalena Rybarikova, Slovakia
  32. Maria Sakkari, Greece


2018 US Open Men’s Singles Seeds


  1. Rafael Nadal, Spain
  2. Roger Federer, Switzerland
  3. Juan Martin del Potro, Argentina
  4. Alexander Zverev, Germany
  5. Kevin Anderson, South Africa
  6. Novak Djokovic, Serbia
  7. Marin Cilic, Croatia
  8. Grigor Dimitrov, Bulgaria
  9. Dominic Thiem, Austria
  10. David Goffin, Belgium
  11. John Isner, United States
  12. Pablo Carreno Busta, Spain
  13. Diego Schwartzman, Argentina
  14. Fabio Fognini, Italy
  15. Stefanos Tsitsipas, Greece
  16. Kyle Edmund, Great Britain
  17. Lucas Pouille, France
  18. Jack Sock, United States
  19. Roberto Bautista Agut, Spain
  20. Borna Coric, Croatia
  21. Kei Nishikori, Japan
  22. Marco Cecchinato, Italy
  23. Hyeon Chung, South Korea
  24. Damir Dzumhur, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  25. Milos Raonic, Canada
  26. Richard Gasquet, France
  27. Karen Khachanov, Russia
  28. Denis Shapovalov, Canada
  29. Adrian Mannarino, France
  30. Nick Kyrgios, Australia
  31. Fernando Verdasco, Spain
  32. Filip Krajinovic, Serbia





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