US Open champion Sloane Stephens's defense sounded as if she had played her opening match at the same venue where she won her first Grand Slam title last September.
Instead of opening Monday at the Arthur Ashe Stadium, Stephens worked in the brand new, $ 150 million Louis Armstrong Stadium, which is the USTA apple.
But Stephens made a series of complaints – be it trains or planes – about distracting the new venue after he was not distracted Russian Evgeniya Rodina 6-1, 7-5.
"Obviously playing in a place that is very loud, it's busy, I think it makes it a bit difficult to calm down," Stephens said. "I was glad that I somehow found a rhythm."
What was that tumult?
"There was a lot going on between the planes and the subway behind the court, the concessions were at the bottom of the bowl, and people going in the games at 2-all, 3-all," Stephens said.
Fans should only move during the changes. Stephens also said the new 25-second service watch is a pain.
"I have so much on the pitch, I try to manage how eight different things," she said.
"I'll probably play another game on Armstrong and know the USTA," Stephens added. "I have to fix my mind and prepare for it."
Stephens, the 25-year-old Millennial, was even annoyed at photographing some elders who were not so fast on their iPhones.
It's disorganized out there, "Stephens said." If you get your phone out, quick selfie, I'm fine. Most of the time it's a parent who does not know how to handle the phone. It's mostly a mess. But the younger children, the children from the age of 8 to 1