The 2018 United States Open started with a cool new building, stayed up late, melted into a puddle of sweat, and then ended with a shower of boos that echoed into the next day.
It was exhilarating and exhausting. Mostly, it was weird.
Here are some of the highlights and oddities:
Friday, Aug. 24
The Lucky Loser
Peter Polansky, who lost in the final round of qualifying, makes the main draw as a lucky loser for the fourth consecutive major — an unusual Grand Slam of sorts.
Saturday, Aug. 25
Serena’s Fashion Statement
At her pretournament news conference, Serena Williams plays down the growing uproar over comments made by French Tennis Federation president, Bernard Giudicelli, who said the catsuit-style outfit she had worn at the French Open this year would not be allowed again. Williams said she wouldn’t have worn the catsuit again anyhow: “When it comes to fashion, you don’t want to be a repeat offender.”