|Venue: Flushing Meadows, New York Events: 29 Aug-11 Aug September|
|Cover: Daily radio commentary via BBC Sounds and the BBC Sport website and app, with selected live text commentary and match reports on the website and app|
British men’s number one Cameron Norrie made things easy for unpredictable Frenchman Benoit Paire as he kicked off his US Open bid in style.
Seventh seeded Norrie, 27, won the first set in 18 minutes before Paire improved to contest the second.
But Norrie ran away with the third as Paire’s level dropped again to win 6-0, 7-6 (7-1), 6-0 in difficult conditions.
Norrie next plays Joao Sousa or Mackenzie McDonald to improve his run to the Wimbledon semi-finals.
20th seed Britain no.2 Dan Evans starts against Czech Jiri Vesely on Tuesday before Emma Raducanu – the nation’s leading player – begins her title defense against France’s Alize Cornet in the night session in New York.
Norrie stays focused amid Paire’s antics
Left-hander Norrie had never reached a second week at a Major before producing a superb performance at the All England Club that catapulted him to national stardom.
Entry into the top-8 seedings at the final Grand Slam tournament of the season – a result of achieving a career-best ninth place and capitalizing on the retirements of Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev – opens the draw for Norrie.
The Briton will not be able to face a higher-ranked opponent until the quarter-finals if he gets there but faced a potentially tricky match against former world No. 18 Paire.
You never know what you’re going to get at Paire, although the catalog of errors and general recklessness seen in the first and third movements has been a common sight of late.
At Wimbledon, the 33-year-old opened up about his “disgust with tennis” and then opened up about his mental health issues to French website Brut.
In sweltering conditions at Flushing Meadows, he got off to a poor start as Norrie kept his focus on a composed and professional opening set.
Norrie hit the ball clean and made just one unforced error, landing 10 winners and five aces while Paire, in 173rd place, offered little resistance.
Many fervent spectators left the court, apparently unwilling to see a no-contest in the conditions, only for the Frenchman to suddenly kick into gear early in the second set.
Eventually he’d found some confidence, forcing Norrie to save a break point to stay at 3-3.
There was a worrying moment in the next game when a fan had to be treated in the stands, forcing a lengthy pause during which Paire was cautioned by referee Carlos Bernardes for talking to his coach.
Out-of-court coaching has been allowed at this year’s US Open in certain circumstances, although the rules seem difficult to enforce and may be postponed.
But players weren’t supposed to speak to a manager during a break in play, which Andy Murray said made no sense to him, so Bernardes was right to speak to Paire.
After play resumed, the Frenchman took a 5-3 lead but failed to open the set and then appeared to tank the decider as Norrie drove to victory.