A disappointing tournament from Nick Kyrgios. Despite the fact he will reach his career high ranking of #15 on Monday, a forced retirement in his third round match against Illya Marchenko threw a spanner in the works of what looked to be a promising draw.
Samantha Stosur (second round)
The case was no better for our top female either, with Samantha Stosur crashing out unexpectedly in the second round to Chinese #1 Zhang Shuai. It is an all too familiar narrative for Stosur, who was unable to have the hard court season she would’ve wanted, despite an otherwise successful year.
Bernard Tomic (first round)
Bernard Tomic’s US Open was unmistakably a disaster. He crashed out in the first round to the talented by lowly ranked Damir Dzumhur, and again made headlines for rather audibly telling a heckler to “suck my balls:”. What was I saying about familiar narratives?
Daria Gavrilova (first round)
Many liked Daria Gavrilova’s chances to beat Lucie Safarova, who despite a successful career, had never been too highly fancied on hard courts. But in spite of a poor year, Safarova’s experience proved too much for Gavriolva, who lost in three sets.
John Millman (first round)
John Millman had hit form prior to the US Open, but still, not even the most boisterous fans in Millman’s hometown of Spring Hill, Queensland would have expected him to beat world #10 Dominic Thiem. To everyone’s surprise, Millman was up two sets to one, before going down in the fifth.
Jordan Thompson (first round)
It was an even more deflating story for 22-year-old Jordan Thompson, who led Steve Darcis two sets to love with two match points. But the Belgian hung on in the third set tiebreak, and Thompson lost his third Grand Slam match in five sets and his second after being up 2-0.
James Duckworth (second round)
After a career high in the top 100 in 2015, James Duckworth has had a year to forget, slipping back to #195 in the world. He will jump up a few rungs on the ladder after winning a match at the US Open, beating Dutch #1 Robin Haase.
Ellen Perez (first round)
20 year old from Shellharbour Ellen Perez played her maiden Grand Slam singles event this year at the US Open, and whilst she was waved away in under an hour by Aussie slayer Zhang Shuai, Perez will be a far better tennis player for having had the opportunity.