From August 29 to September 2011, the world will once again witness an event that will surely make new great moments in tennis history. This year, the US Open will happen once again in none other than the great city of the c.
The tennis tournament will be held at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows Park in Queens, New York. For the Men’s Singles, fans will see Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Andy Murray, David Ferrer, Robin Söderling, and many more. The Women’s Singles will have Caroline Wozniacki, Vera Zvonareva, Maria Sharapova, Victoria Azarenka, Petra Kvitová, and many more influential tennis favorites.
The prize money for this year’s Men’s and Women’s Singles is $1.8, $420,000 for Men’s and Women’s Doubles, and $150,000 for Mixed Doubles. The first place for the 2011 Olympus US Open Series Finish is $1,000,000.
This year will surely be a special year for fans of Serena Williams, as their favorite player will once again return to the championship. The past year has been difficult for the former World Number 1, as she had different health struggles that kept her from competing. Because of a foot injury, she had to withdraw from the 2011 Australian Open and the 2011 Hopman Cup. This injury was followed by some more health complications (hematoma and a pulmonary embolism), which did not allow her to go all out in competitions. In one interview, William said that she always believed that she will still be able to play tennis: “ I always thought I would want to continue to play…I thought I would play a lot sooner; things didn’t work out. But I’m never the type to stop,” she said in an interview, which obviously highlights how passionate she is about tennis, and how much she wants to keep on doing it. This year, she is seeded at No. 31, but remains a favorite among millions of tennis fans all over the world. This champion has been through a lot, struggling both physically and emotionally, but she emphasizes that she not going to stop anytime soon.
Attending the US Open does not only assure spotting of athletes and famous names in sports, this will also make you catch a glimpse of celebrities known to be big fans of tennis. Some of the celebrities known as big fans of this sport are Sean Connery, Charlize Theron, Orlando Bloom, David Duchovny, the Olsen Twins, and many other big names.
In line with the US Open Tennis, another exciting celebration will be taking place. The Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day is an annual tennis event dedicated to children, which will begin the US Open. Celebrated in the memory of great tennis player Arthur Ashe, this event aims to help children with tennis. Big names in tennis have attended this event—sisters Serena and Venus Williams, Andre Agassi, Anna Kournikova, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and many more. They play for the kids and raise money for charity as well. For the Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day 2011, some of the reported performers include Demi Lovato, Colby O’Donis, Federer, Nadal, James Blake, Ana Ivanovic, Novak Djokovic, and many more. The fun events will begin on August 27, also at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center Grounds. There will be games, art activities, autograph sessions, workshops, and lots of other fun stuff created especially for the kids.
In New York, tennis fans will not only enjoy the fun sport activities and events in the Open, they will also be able to go around this great Queens borough. Go to the Flushing Meadows Corona Park, the second largest public park New York. You can also get that tan in the beach, over at the Rockaway Beach, a spot that you can visit without having to leave Queens. This is also a great place to find great food, as it is home to different restaurants offering a variety of cuisine from all over the world. Enjoy Chinese, Colombian, Filipino, Indian, Mexican, or Korean food in different restaurants, which guarantee authentic flavors. You can also watch a Mets game at the City Field, visit the Flushing Chinatown, and see great contemporary art exhibitions at the P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center.
So many things are set to happen during the 2011 US Open, and you surely will not have a dull moment while going around the busy New York City. Sports, drama, good times, and of course, history will happen here, and you will surely get the entertainment that you need.