The 2016 U.S. Open will introduce another catwalk of tennis superstars to the mix on Tuesday as former champions Andy Murray and Serena Williams each prepare to make their bows in New York.
Both players line up in the evening schedule, with Wimbledon 2016 winner Murray taking on Lukas Rosol in the hopes he can continue his quest for back-to-back titles, as will Williams when she faces Ekaterina Makarova.
The Tennis Channel will provide daily television replay coverage of the tournament, allowing overseas viewers to catch up on some of the later fixtures, while ESPN and Eurosport have live coverage available via the WatchESPN app and Eurosport Player, respectively.
Men's third seed Stanislas Wawrinka will also make his return to the major circuit on Tuesday as he lines up opposite Fernando Verdasco in the early session. Commentator David Law provided a breakdown of the day's higher-profile matchups:
For a look at the tournament schedule in full, visit the official U.S. Open website.
Murray and Rosol will run into one another at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center just over a year after their last encounter at the 2015 BMW Open, a fiery match many will remember following an on-court bust-up.
It was in Munich that Rosol appeared to nudge his foe at a changeover, at which point Murray remarked: “No one likes you on the tour. Everyone hates you.”
However, Rosol is quick to forget that incident in favour of their good memories, per the Guardian's Kevin Mitchell: “It was three sets in the first round. Then we play on clay court [in Munich], which is a little bit different…but from the hard court I have good memories against him.”
The match Rosol referred to was Murray's 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 win at Indian Wells the year previous, the same scoreline by which the Scot has won in both their meetings.
Murray has a terrific opportunity to excel in New York this year, too, after Novak Djokovic showed signs of injury strain en route to a 6-3, 5-7, 6-2, 6-1 win over Jerzy Janowicz on Monday, and Sports Illustrated juxtaposed the two coming into the U.S. Open:
Similarly, this tournament marks a major chance for Williams to continue her revival following a disappointing start to 2016 and finish on a strong note with back-to-back major triumphs.
She has all the motivation needed to do so as well, with Steffi Graf's Open Era record there for the taking, per ESPN Stats & Info:
In Tuesday's late fixture, Williams will take on Makarova, an opponent who has only defeated her once in five career meetings, and even then, that result came all the way back in 2012 at the Australian Open.
It was at the 2014 U.S. Open these opponents last met, and it was there Williams thundered to a 6-1, 6-3 victory against the Russian, since going on to etch her name further into the WTA history books:
Also on Tuesday's fixture list for the men is third-seed Wawrinka, who is hoping to leave his mark after crashing out of Wimbledon 2016 at the second round, as well as No. 6 seed Kei Nishikori.
Nishikori also has extra motivation to thrive at Flushing Meadows after triumphing in the U.S. Open Series alongside women's winner Agnieszka Radwanska, as highlighted by Jose Morgado of Portuguese outlet Record:
Radwanska enters the 2016 U.S. Open fourth in the women's seeding, and she takes on American Jessica Pegula in the hopes of dealing the home crowd an early disappointment.
As well as a bonus prize pot, Radwanska also takes to the court on Tuesday knowing the No. 1 ranking is also there for the taking depending on her performance, although Williams will require some derailing.