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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.

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
← 2017 · US Open · 2019 →

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, tieing 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.

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TournamentEdit

 
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.

BroadcastEdit

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 distributionEdit

Point distributionEdit

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

SeniorEdit

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 moneyEdit

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 storiesEdit

Women's Singles finalEdit

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]

Singles playersEdit

Men's Singles
Women's Singles

Singles seedsEdit

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 SinglesEdit

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

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

Mixed doublesEdit

Team Rank1 Seed
  Gabriela Dabrowski   Mate Pavić 12 1
  Nicole Melichar   Oliver Marach 19 2
  Chan Hao-ching   Henri Kontinen 28 3
  Latisha Chan   Ivan Dodig 29 4
  Andrea Sestini Hlaváčková   Édouard Roger-Vasselin 34 5
  Demi Schuurs   Matwé Middelkoop 41 6
  Katarina Srebotnik   Michael Venus 41 7
  Abigail Spears   Juan Sebastián Cabal 43 8

1Rankings as of August 20, 2018.

EventsEdit

Men's SinglesEdit

Women's SinglesEdit

Men's DoublesEdit

Women's DoublesEdit

Mixed DoublesEdit

Junior Boys' SinglesEdit

Junior Girls' SinglesEdit

Junior Boys' DoublesEdit

Junior Girls' DoublesEdit

Wheelchair Men's SinglesEdit

Wheelchair Women's SinglesEdit

Wheelchair Quad SinglesEdit

Wheelchair Men's DoublesEdit

Wheelchair Women's DoublesEdit

Wheelchair Quad DoublesEdit

Wild card entriesEdit

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