Start spreading the news because the U.S. Open is returning to New York City at the end of the month for it’s 138th edition. The team at TGA Beach Cities wants to help get you and your family prepped for two-weeks of nonstop, high-quality tennis matches with these fun facts:
1) Arthur Ashe Stadium, the main stadium in the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, is the largest tennis venue in the world and seats almost 24,000(!) attendees.
2) Queens, New York City. Home of the New York Mets, your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man, and the historic John F. Kennedy Airport hosts the U.S. Open every year.
3) The U.S. Open didn’t always use hard courts. They’re the only major to experiment with grass and clay courts before settling on using hard. Take note of the court’s color while watching – they’re colored blue to help television viewers spot the ball while it is in play.
4) In addition to the main men’s, women’s, and mixed singles and doubles events, youth, senior, and wheelchair tournaments also take place every year at the U.S. Open. Many notable professional tennis players have won the youth events, including two rising U.S. stars Jack Sock and CoCo Vanderweghe.
5) On top of vying for ranking points in the ATP (men) and WTA (women) circuits, men and women are competing for the substantial prize money. The winners of the men’s and women’s singles events will each get over 3.5 million dollars.
The tournament runs from August 27 through September 9 and will be broadcast on ESPN. If the U.S. Open is sparking your child’s interest to learn or play more tennis, sign him/her up for an upcoming program! Click here to learn more about our upcoming programs in the Beach Cities area.