Yep, you read it right. In his fourth round match against Ukranian Alexandr Dolgopolov, world number one Novak Djokovic will be on Louis Armstrong Stadium, the secondary show court to Arthur Ashe. When I first saw this, I had assumed that they had put Djokovic on Arthur Ashe in a prime-time night match. As you now would expect, his name was nowhere to be seen. Scrolling down the page I saw that Djokovic was in fact the second match on Louis Armstrong.
It appears extremely illogical for the US Open organizers to not place Djokovic, who is having arguably the greatest season in tennis history, on the biggest showtime court in the world. Louis Armstrong is undoubtedly a big stage but it seems an injustice to the efforts of the Serb to place him anywhere besides Arthur Ashe.
As of now, two hours after finding this piece of info out, I have not figured out why this seemingly disadvantageous decision was made. Louis Armstrong filled up to capacity today for Del Potro v. Simon and thus will surely reach its limit with the Djoker in performance. This match is scheduled to go on after Juan Carlos Ferrero takes on Janko Tipsarevic and will probably coincide with Serena Williams v. Ana Ivanovic. But what I have left out is that the first match scheduled on Arthur Ashe is Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova v. Francesca Schiavone. This promises to be an intriguing Round of 16 encounter, but to place this match, or any other match not involving Novak Djokovic above a match with Novak Djokovic in 2011 is very questionable. If I were to decide the schedule, I would simply just switch Novak Djokovic’s match to Arthur Ashe and scoot Schiavone v. Pavlyuchenkova into Armstrong. The other option would be to switch Djokovic into the night match and Federer into the day session on Armstrong ub Djokovic’s slot considering Federer v. Monaco proves to be extremely uninteresting and very one sided.
Fans are purchasing tickets in the hope that they will see the biggest players on the biggest stage in the world and the way this schedule is set up, that obviously is not happening to its fullest extent. If the schedule had been set up in the way I just described, Arthur Ashe would be filled for the entire day session with Djokovic, Serena, and Fish all in action. With the current schedule in place, Arthur Ashe will most likely be more low key than usual in the morning with a surge in the crowd with the commencement of Serena’s match. In addition, fans will surely be flocking to Louis Armstrong to catch Djokovic v. Dolgopolov and alot of these fans will be waiting in a very long line. Thus, look for the outside courts at the National Tennis Center to be what can be paralleled to what one would describe as a “ghost town”.
In the next twelve hours, I am hopeful that the US Open will change this scheduling mishap, do the fans justice, and place Djokovic on Arthur Ashe.