2015-08-19 / Editorials

US Open Keeps Queens In International Spotlight

With the US Open set to begin at the end of this month, on Monday, August 31, the cream of the tennis crop is set to converge at the USTA Billie Jean King Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows Corona Park for one of the most celebrated sporting events in the world.

Here is our chance to watch champions Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova and the stars of the future compete for prize money that tops $40 million.

One hundred years ago, in 1915, the West Side Tennis Club of Forest Hills first hosted the precursor to the US Open. In 1978, the US Open was moved to the USTA National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows Corona Park from the West Side Tennis Stadium, where all five tournaments had been since 1968. We are proud that Queens is synonymous with the world’s most exciting championship in tennis.

During these exciting two weeks of the US Open, all of New York City will experience a significant economic boost and crowds of spectators will have the opportunity to experience the delights of Queens, filling the coffers of all types of establishments, hotels, restaurants, transportation, and entertainment that make up Queens’ economic base. The US Open is a true boon to us all, keeping Queens on the world map. Support the event in any way you can; go to the matches and spread the excitement. We would do well to make the most of this two-week phenomenon, which no other borough has. Visitors from around the world should take advantage of all Queens uniquely has to offer.

We encourage them to enjoy the other delights in Flushing Meadows, such as the Queens Museum, Queens Theatre, the Queens Zoo and we are sure many visitors will enjoy catching Mets fever at nearby Citi Field. In addition to tennis mania, Queens’ other attractions, to name only a few, are the Museum of the Moving Image, MoMA PS1, Socrates Sculpture Park and all the other parks which are still positively bursting with fun summer activities and events to explore.

Do not forget to join the fun during Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day, to be held on Saturday, August 29, which features free interactive games and family activities, including tips from USPTA-certified teaching professionals; the chance to watch the pros practice; and a free concert featuring up-andcoming musical talents.

There will also be free grounds admission to fans on the event’s second Thursday, September 10, during which fans can enjoy play in men’s, women’s and mixed doubles, junior and wheelchair competition, the semifinals of the Champions Invitational, in addition to the American Collegiate Invitational, in which the top American collegiate tennis players compete for a wild card entry into the 2016 US Open. Entry is also free during the US Open Qualifying Tournament, August 25-28.

So do get your tickets before they sell out, go to the free events, and watch the broadcasts along with millions of viewers around the world. We always have and always will welcome the US Open and all its fans, and wish the best to all the players who grace its courts.

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