Melbourne VIC, Australia, 22 August 2014 | tennis.com.au
The draws are set
The US Open men’s and women’s singles draws are out and the first-round assignment for the Aussies have been set:
 Sam Stosur v Lauren Davis
 Casey Dellacqua v Patricia Mayr-Achleitner
[WC] Jarmila Gajdosova v  Madison Keys
Ajla Tomljanovic v  Carla Suarez Navarro
Lleyton Hewitt v  Tomas Berdych
Nick Kyrgios v  Mikhail Youzhny
Marinko Matosevic v Roger Federer
Matt Ebden v Tobias Kamke
Sam Groth v Albert Ramos-Vinolas
[WC] Bernard Tomic v Dustin Brown
Other notable first-up matches include:
 Serena Williams v Taylor Townsend
 Maria Sharapova v Maria Kirilenko
 Novak Djokovic v Diego Schwartzman
 Marin Cilic v Marcos Baghdatis
Playing one of your fellow countrymen or countrywomen is a double-edged sword – on one hand your country is guaranteed a player in the second round but to get there it will be at the expense of one of your own. Excluding qualifiers, this is the scenario that four men and 12 women face in the US Open first round.
Tough day in qualifying
Not a great day on the qualifying beat for the Australians with Thanasi Kokkinakis, James Duckworth, Olivia Rogowska and Arina Rodionova all losing their second-round matches.
Tomas rings NY’s bell
Tomas Berdych followed in the footsteps of such tennis luminaries as Anna Kournikova, Venus Williams and the Bryan Brothers to ring the New York Stock Exchange bell. Ding ding.