Rod Laver commented on how the US Open has evolved and changed since he last competed there. The Australian legend said: "It's so much bigger. Being able to play on the center court in front of 22,000 people is got to be an amazing job, I would think not that I am gonna get nervous but you would think the pressure of it would really kick in if you're a young player playing a seeded player.
I would think it would be an amazing amount of pressure. But at the same time that's the reason we are here and you are getting used to playing under those circumstances and the Federers, Nadal and Djokovic did it. That's where they sort of came from, that's a great thing but the USTA, I knew that they had to move away from the West Side Tennis Club because it's a private club.
But to where they have brought this place is just amazing to see what's happened out there and the amount of people that partecipate." On Ashleigh Barty's loss to Qiang Wang, Laver added: "She was always a great player.
But when she won the French championship she jumped a whole lot of rungs and I think it's just great to see that a small girl and so all the children can say that they can play as well as she does." Laver will soon head to Geneva, Switzerland, in Europe to promote the men's tennis event named after him. Roger Federer will be the main player there.