He thus completed the first calendar-year Grand Slam of being a lucky loser. Polansky’s luck did have its limits. He has to face face fourth-seeded Alexander Zverev in the first round on Tuesday afternoon at Louis Armstrong Stadium.
• After losing in the first round of the 2011 French Open, Patty Schnyder retired. But in July 2015, about eight months after giving birth to her daughter, she returned to the tour, reinvigorated by a new outlook and a new baby. And after three years of steadily climbing the rankings, Schnyder, 39, finally made it back into a Grand Slam main draw. She plays Maria Sharapova, the No. 22 seed and 2006 Open champion, on Tuesday night.
• A year ago, Julia Glushko was going to quit tennis. But after three qualifying wins in three days last week, Glushko earned a first-round meeting against 62nd-ranked Monica Niculescu on Tuesday. The Times’ Marc Stein had a courtside seat to Glushko’s qualifying journey.