Robson must wait for 'A' listing
Laura Robson is ready for her first grand slam as a seeded player - but knows she has really made it when she has Parking Lot A on her badge.
The 19-year-old is back at the scene of her greatest tournament so far as the 30th seed, the first British woman since Jo Durie in 1987 to be seeded at a grand slam.
Last year Robson arrived at the US Open as one for the future and left it having showed what a danger to the top players she could be right now.
Wins over Kim Clijsters and Li Na took her to the fourth round, and there will be high expectations for her this year, although her build-up has been hampered by a wrist injury.
The Londoner, who plays Spain's Lourdes Dominguez Lino in round one, insists not too much has changed, and she is certainly not about to let her new status go to her head.
She said: "I'm on the show practice courts this year, which is a lot nicer than P97 back in the park. That's pretty much the only difference. I'm staying at the same hotel and feel the same going into the tournament I think.
"I managed to get a hit on Armstrong today and I played two matches on there last year so I like that court.
"I think (the seeding) only really makes a difference when you're at the tournament if you're top 16. Top 32 is still borderline. On my badge I'm still parking lot E or F, so it's not quite the same as parking lot A."
For a week at Wimbledon, where she also reached the fourth round, Robson was almost as big a star attraction as Andy Murray, something she did not appear to enjoy too much.
New York allows for a lot more anonymity, although not among One Direction fans it transpires.
Robson is a fan of the band and was the envy of millions of teenage girls during Wimbledon when several of its members sent good luck messages to her on Twitter.
Robson was amused that she had gained thousands of followers who did not know who she was, but it seems they have been learning.
She said: "I've had a couple of random looks walking around Manhattan. They must be British tourists. They don't really say 'hi', they just stare, which is a bit awkward.
"Then we were walking past the queue for the One Direction concert and there was a couple of hundred girls camped out. Some of them had been there for five days already. I'm not sure where their parents are.
"A couple of them were like, 'Oh my God, you're the one that Harry tweeted'. I don't think they know my name or anything."