NEW YORK (AP) — He’s an American playing in America. So, why, Sam Querrey wonders, do the Americans not get top billing?
After winning his second-round match at the U.S. Open in Louis Armstrong Stadium on Friday, Querrey questioned why he and a number of his top-20 countrymen haven’t set foot next door, on the show court inside 23,000-seat Arthur Ashe Stadium, over the first week.
“We have a lot of Americans here,” Querrey said. “None of us play on center court. If you go to the French Open, they have (Frenchmen Richard) Gasquet, (Julien) Benneteau, (Gael) Monfils; they’re on center court every day.”
For the record:
—Ninth-seeded Andy Roddick played both of his matches in Ashe. He was eliminated Wednesday night.
—No. 18 John Isner played his first two matches on Armstrong.
—No. 19 Mardy Fish has played once at the Grandstand court and once in Armstrong.
—And Querrey has played both of his matches on Armstrong.
Querrey reached the third round of the U.S. Open for the third straight year by defeating Marcel Granollers of Spain 6-2, 6-3, 6-4.
Querrey joins Fish, Isner and James Blake, who has played both his matches on Armstrong, in the men’s third round. On Saturday, Blake faces No. 3 Novak Djokovic in Ashe, while Fish plays Arnaud Clement in Armstrong.
“Hopefully, we can have four in the round of 16,” Querrey said. “I think we’ve got a great shot to do that. Hopefully they’ll put some of us on center court. Not a huge fan of the scheduling this week.”
Told of Querrey’s comments, U.S. Tennis Association spokesman Chris Widmaier said: “There’s no question he’ll be on Ashe soon enough this tournament.”
Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.