The U.S. Open tennis tournament will be held this summer as scheduled, but without spectators in the stands.

A general view of Louis Armstrong stadium at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on day one of the 2019 US Open on Aug. 26, 2019​.

FLUSHING, QUEENS — The U.S. Open tennis tournament will be held this summer as scheduled, but without spectators in the stands, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday.

The U.S. Tennis Association will take “extraordinary precautions” to protect players and staff from the coronavirus as the tournament takes place from Aug. 31 to Sept. 13 in Queens, Cuomo told reporters. Continue Reading ›

Five Reasons Why Fan Week Is An Awesome Way To Enjoy The US Open

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Did you know that the week prior to the Main Draw is filled with free entertainment, heaps of family fun and the chance to watch top tennis stars without dropping a penny?

We’ll let you in on a not-so-well-kept secret: there’s a lot more to the US Open than the finals. Sure, the big matches are thrilling, but the US Open Fan Week (August 19-25), held the week prior to the main event, is shaping up to be a real summer highlight whether or not you’re a tennis obsessive.

There are plenty of reasons to get excited about Fan Week—the first being that it’s completely free. Fan Week is when the Qualifying Tournament takes place at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, and you won’t pay a thing to see any of the on-court action. On top of that, there’s plenty of entertainment for adults and kids, plus the opportunity to watch some of the world’s top tennis stars return from retirement.

Read on to discover why the US Open Fan Week is an ace way to spend your summer. Game, set, match.  Continue Reading ›

The U.S. Open’s Last Day at Forest Hills


A groundskeeper laying chalk lines on one of the United States Open courts in front of the Tudor-style clubhouse at the West Side Tennis Club.CreditCreditRobert Walker/The New York Times

Editors’ Note: The West Side Tennis Club in Forest Hills, Queens, hosted the United States Open from 1915 to 1920 and then annually from 1924 to 1977. By then, the club was thought to be too small for a Grand Slam event and a new tennis center was under construction in Flushing Meadows, a few miles away. Dave Anderson wrote the following column about the final day at Forest Hills, when Guillermo Vilas defeated Jimmy Connors for the men’s singles title. It was originally published on Sept. 12, 1977.

Jimmy Connors had hit balls for a few minutes, had a massage, took a shower, used a hair dryer and put on his usual tennis clothes with the blue-and-red stripes across the shoulders of his white shirt. Now, wearing a blue jacket with “United States” on the back, he appeared outside the upstairs door to the men’s locker room at the West Side Tennis Club and hurried down the winding green staircase. Suddenly, the people on the veranda of the old Tudor clubhouse stopped talking and drinking. Continue Reading ›


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Serena Williams’ Queen Collection event
The tennis queen paid a visit to Queens. Superstar Serena Williams joined fashion designer powerhouse Virgil Abloh at the West Side Tennis Club on Monday afternoon to reveal their new athleisure clothing line with Nike. Limited items will be available at select Nike stores starting in late August.

The Nike x Virgil Abloh for Serena Williams “Queen” Collection is based on William’s passion for dance, and in particular, ballet.

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67 Years Ago In Queens, Althea Gibson Became The First African-American An A U.S. Tennis Tour

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On August 22, 1950, what was then known as the United States Lawn Tennis Association (USLTA) accepted Harlem’s Althea Gibson into their annual championship at Forest Hills, New York (the precursor to the U.S. Open). The spot on the championship roster made Gibson the first African-American athlete to compete in a U.S. national tennis competition, launching a storied career in which she won a whopping 16 Grand Slams, including the 1956 French Open where she became the first person of color to win such a title. Continue Reading ›

Take A Look Inside The New Louis Armstrong Stadium Being Built At Tennis Center In Flushing Meadows Park

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A five-year project to modernize the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows Corona Park will be finished by this summer.

In 2013, the U.S. Tennis Association (USTA), which operates the center, sought to reshape the look, feel and functionality of the grounds that host the U.S. Open every summer. They launched their started the Strategic Transformation project, which has been working on the look and feel of the grounds for the past five years. Continue Reading ›

Forest Hills: New Life For The Forgotten Home of American Tennis?

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Ariel Shot of The West Side Tennis Club Circa 1937 in Forest Hills , New York

September 1977. In a leafy suburb 10 miles west of downtown New York, tennis history is being made.

Crowds of people swarm onto the court, and vilas is hoisted onto a fan’s shoulders.

Four decades later, the west side tennis center is quiet — the once thriving home of american tennis is a shadow of its former self.

The action has moved three miles north of the queens neighborhood to flushing meadows, where the USTA National Tennis Center has developed into the world’s largest public facility of its kind.

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