Courts to Watch Today

dementieva Courts to Watch Today

Each morning here at the Observer's U.S. Open blog we're going to tell you what to look out for in the day's action. Today's tip: arrive early!

The heavy-hitters — Jelena Jankovic, Justine Henin, Roger Federer — will steal the spotlight at Arthur Ashe today.  But you know how these first-round matches go: some of them are over in 40 minutes.  If you have a pass that lets you into Arthur Ashe, don't be late.

Expect a mob scene on some of the outer courts as well.  American hopeful, 18-year-old Donald Young, will hit his first serve on Court 11 at 11am.  In addition to being the possible next-big-thing for American tennis, it might be the only time the New York crowd gets to see him (in other words, it could be a quick exit for Young).

Continuing with the stars-and-stripes theme, later today on Court 11 is the battle of the American women-hopefuls:   Vania King v. Meghann Shaughnessy.

You could nest at Court 13 for the day and get unbelievable tennis. Richard Gasquet, Tommy Haas and Elena Dementieva play in back-to-back-to-back matches.

Match of the Day: 11am at Louis Armstrong, Marcos Baghdatis v. Max Mirnyi.  Baghdatis should win, but at least you'll get to see some power tennis for the first round.  And if you get a good seat for this match, you'll be happy because John Isner, that other American stud, hits Louis Armstrong after this match.