Luxury suites inside Arthur Ashe Stadium on the grounds of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, New York, are sold on a session-by-session basis and can cost anywhere from $15,000 to $120,000. Located at center court, the Emirates suite provides one of the most coveted views. Continue reading “Inside the Emirates Suite at the US Open”
Steven Sokol is crouched along the net, ready to spring into action. A tennis ball smashes against the taut court divider and like a shot, off he goes. Sporting a white hat displaying the iconic University of Michigan “M”, Sokol sprints across the court, fetches the fuzzy yellow ball, and returns to his position, standing like a sentry at full attention. Continue reading “How To Become a US Open Ballperson”
Justin Holmes first tried out to be a US Open ballperson when he was 14 years old. Admittedly, he was nervous. Scared out of his mind. His emotions got the best of him, affecting his throwing, retrieving and movement. Continue reading “What It’s Like Being a US Open Ballperson”
Bobby Riggs was on top of the tennis world during the 1930s and ’40s. As a 21-year-old amateur, Riggs won the 1939 Wimbledon triple crown (men’s singles, men’s doubles, mixed doubles). He won the U.S. National Championships (now U.S. Open) later that year and was a finalist at the French Open. Continue reading “‘Battle of the Sexes’ is More Than a Tennis Movie”
The women’s tennis Grand Slam winners in 2017 were: Serena Williams (Australian Open), Jelena Ostapenko (French Open), Garbiñe Muguruza (Wimbledon) and Sloane Stephens (U.S. Open). Continue reading “WTA Turning Regional Stars into Global Icons”
Sloane Stephens was out of tennis for approximately 11 months because of a stress fracture in her left foot. While she was frustrated on the sideline, she was able to focus on her family, cheering at her little cousin’s soccer games, spending time with her grandmother who had recently suffered a stroke, and attending weddings and baby showers. Continue reading “Lengthy Injury Layoff Helped Sloane Stephens Appreciate Tennis More”
Each tennis tournament, no matter where in the world, is unique. Belgian David Goffin is partial to Wimbledon in England and Roland-Garros in France because they’re European-based majors. Continue reading “David Goffin Says U.S. Open is One of the Best Tournaments in World”
Wimbledon is the oldest tennis tournament in the world. It has been played at the All-England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club in Wimbledon, London, since 1877. With so much history, it’s no surprise the tournament is also full of tradition. Continue reading “Why Participants Wear All-White at Wimbledon”
Smalls is sitting on his front porch fiddling with his broken baseball glove. Benny “The Jet” Rodriguez walks up with a glove and bat in hand.
“Hey, I’m gonna play some ball. We need an extra guy. You wanna go?”
There’s a reason Kenneth and Ora Wyllie keep coming back to the U.S. Open.
‘It’s an experience – it’s a New York experience,’ Kenneth Wyllie said. ‘Only in New York can you have an experience like this – the crowds, the excitement, the upsets, the great tennis … you can people watch, you see stars. It has it all.’