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Unveiling the US Open draws

USTA Chairman, CEO and President Dave Haggerty and US Open Referee Brian Earley at the 2014 US Open Draw Ceremony.
Thursday, August 21, 2014

The US Open Draw Ceremony traditionally has been where the men's and women's singles draws are completed. But how, exactly, does the draw work?

Originally, each name was manually drawn one at a time. In 1998, the USTA began using a computer program to randomly place the unseeded players prior to the draw ceremony, with the seeds are drawn live out of the US Open trophies. The exceptions to this process came in 2009 and 2011, when the US Open draws were determined – in their entirety and using standard procedures – prior to the draw ceremony event.

This year's unveiling will once again be held at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, on Thursday, Aug. 21. Recent locations for the draw ceremony include:

  • USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center: 2010-13
  • The TimesCenter: 2008-09
  • The Empire State Building: 2007
  • United Nations Headquarters: 2003-06
  • USTA National Tennis Center: 1999-2002