On August 27th, the U.S. Open will debut as the final tennis Grand Slam of the year. Every player will be chasing the title, but that journey starts with the first round.
The first round of a Grand Slam is hugely important as it sets the tone for the rest of the tournament. An easy win fills a player with confidence and allows for proper rest.
On the other hand, difficulties in the opener force the player to begin the grueling tournament with little rest and mental anguish.
Furthermore, the first round provides much excitement, and players must be wary of letting the magnitude of the event get to them.
Players simply must get out on the right foot, but that's easier for some than for others. This year's draw has set up several difficult showdowns that should get the party started early.