6 Things We’re Excited About at the US Open
One of the world’s oldest tennis tournaments, the United States Open Tennis Championships, has been thrilling fans of the sport for 134 years. Since 1978, the two-week event has been held on the acrylic hard courts at what is now the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, Queens.
This year, the US Open will feature must-see matches between talented athletes such as Serena Williams, Roger Federer, and Novak Djokovic. But this year there’s even more to love at the US Open. The James New York has everything you need to know about the event. Here are six reasons you’ll want to join the fun this September.
#1 The Opening Ceremony
The 2015 US Open kicks off on August 31 with a opening night ceremony that features tennis star Billie Jean King, winner of 18 Grand Slam singles titles, along with a concert by multi-platinum recording artist Josh Groban, who will perform songs from his recent album, Stages.
#2 The Food
There’s no shortage of dining options at the US Open, from Mojito, a Cuban-inspired restaurant to Champions Bar & Grill, a classic steakhouse. Add an oyster bar, cocktail service, and quick cuisine at the Food Village, and you’ll never go hungry.
#3 The Fashion
It’s a tennis court, not a runway, but many avid fans of the sport find the apparel worn by top players equally entertaining. Some outfits have already been leaked—it’s been rumored that Maria Sharapova will wear basic black and white by Nike, while Ana Ivanovic will don a fiery red number from Adidas Adizero—while others remain a surprise.
#4 The Pop-Ups
Speaking of surprises, US Open organizers and sponsors may have some up their sleeves. Last year, Nike built a full-size regulation tennis court on Canal Street, right next to The James, and offered 95 continuous hours of play to anyone with a Nike+ account. There’s no telling whether the company will recreate—or even top—the experience this year, but stayed tuned. One guarantee: The first-ever US Open pop-up restaurant at Grand Central Terminal, which will offer signature samples from celebrity chefs on August 13.
#5 Famous Fans
Fans of tennis flock to the US Open, and celebrities are no exception. If past championships are any indication, you can expect to spot some stars: Last year, Gwen Stefani, Tom Hanks, and Lindsey Vonn were just a few of the celebs with courtside seats.
#6 Serena, Serena, Serena
Regardless of your favorite players, it’s exciting to know that you could witness history. Serena Williams is poised to become the first player since 1988 to win all four majors in the same calendar year since Steffi Graf achieved the feat more than two decades ago. She’ll have her work cut out for her as she faces a talented field of opponents, all vying to be number one.
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