There is a new $200 million stadium, for one.
The tournament, celebrating its 50th anniversary, will celebrate the milestone with tributes, including a photo exhibit of its first champion, Arthur Ashe, on the grounds. The women's singles final is Saturday, Sept. 8; the men's singles final is Sunday, Sept. 9.
That men's tournament at least suggested a certain recognizable narrative from tennis seasons past - onceinvincible champions being carried out on their shields as time caught up with them.
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However, the world's two top players have never met at the US Open.
September 6, 2017 - Murray heads home for further consultations with a number of hip specialists then announces he is likely to miss the rest of the year but is hoping to avoid surgery.
Still, having the quartet back on the sport's biggest stage should make for a fascinating fortnight in Flushing Meadows. Federer, who has won the US Open five times, is the number two seed.
But the gritty, defensive-minded Halep regrouped and earned enough WTA tour points to regain the number one position in February before claiming Grand Slam glory on the red clay. It's got a lot of ramifications for where the fallout is in the future for those guys. However, he did win the event prior to that, in Canada (Rogers Cup).
Federer, Nadal and Djokovic have each won a major this year.
Murray, the 2012 champion, is ranked No. 378 in the world and faces Australia's James Duckworth in the first round. The former US Open Champion Andy Murray makes his return after a long haul since Wimbledon 2017.
"I've never really played my best tennis here", he said. Past year I was a little burned out.
But he was knocked out by 2009 champion Juan Martin del Potro in the quarter-finals a year ago having had to negotiate two five-setters in the opening rounds.
Defending champion Rafael Nadal couldn't have handpicked a better draw for himself.
Williams, the 17th seed, will play Poland's Magda Linette and, if she advances, could face her sister Venus in the third round and Spain's Garbine Muguruza in the round of 16. Should Serena advance in that match, she could meet Halep in the fourth round.
Roger Federer, of Switzerland, during a practice session at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on Friday August 24.
"The big three have wiped out a whole generation", Gilbert said.
He was runner-up to Nadal in Toronto, beating four top-10 players on the way including Djokovic and Zverev.
However, the 36-year-old is still one of the favourites to lift a modern era record seventh US Open and 24th career Grand Slam to go level with the mark set by Margaret Court.
Should Federer beat Djokovic in the quarter-final, he would play either Cilic or Zverev in the semi-final to then face Nadal.
The 37-year-old was, if not happy with the draw, at least resigned. Even skipped the French for that. Then he won Wimbledon. "It's frustrating to watch him", she said. "He's playing well, but I think he can play even better".
'We can't control it.
'Sure, you sometimes wonder, like, is it easier to play guys with not such a résumé like a Novak so early in the tournament?
Nadal has No. 3 seed Juan Martin del Potro in his half of the draw, so a meeting with Djokovic or Federer would come only in the final - a potential fitting end for a reunion of heavyweights.
This year's US Open will get underway on Monday. "But in the big scheme of things it actually was a good tournament for me, get all the matches under the belt, get match tough again so when I do show up here I actually feel I'm ready, and I am ready, and that's what counts for me".