U.S. Open draw to be revealed publicly to fans for first time

by: Brad Kallet | August 24, 2017

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The ceremony will occur in Manhattan's Seaport District on Friday. (AP)

On Friday afternoon in Manhattan, the 2017 U.S. Open main draw will be revealed publicly to fans for the first time.

The ceremony will take place in the Seaport District at noon, as part of the pre-tournament’s maiden U.S. Open Experience event. The event, part of U.S. Open Fan Week, began on Thursday at 10 a.m. and will conclude on Friday at 8 p.m.

Defending women’s champion Angelique Kerber and 2014 men's champion Marin Cilic, among other special guests, will be on hand during the unveiling. You can stream it live on Facebook

“The U.S. Open is one of New York’s great events, and we are now bringing that excitement, energy and experience to Manhattan,” said Katrina Adams, the USTA’s Chairman of the Board, CEO and President. “U.S. Open Fan Week, with all its free activities, now expands the fun and excitement for fans beyond Queens for the first time.”

The draw ceremony has traditionally been held in a press room in the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center media center, with only reporters on hand.

The U.S. Open will kick off on Aug. 28 and conclude on Sept. 10. (The qualifying tournament is taking place this week.)

The top five seeds in the men’s draw are world No. 1 Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, Roger Federer, Alexander Zverev and Cilic.

The top five seeds in the women’s draw are world No. 1 Karolina Pliskova, Simona Halep, Garbine Muguruza, Elina Svitolina and Caroline Wozniacki. Kerber is seeded sixth.

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