It is about that time again. The USTA’s US Open is upon us and this year there is added excitement coming from the London Olympic Games. The US Open is traditionally one of the most anticipated sporting events and this year should not any different.
With Serena Williams capturing the Gold at the London Games, tennis fans worldwide will be looking forward to see if she can sustain her current dominance over the sport at The Open. It was not like she was beating up on the ’92 Dream Team’s opponents or the Washington Generals at the Olympic Games, she was taking on the best female tennis players in the world. She struggled in the early rounds but caught her second wind in elimination rounds. And this is coming off the heels of winning Wimbledon. She is coming into The Open on fire, leading the field that includes the likes of Maria Sharapova, Victoria Azarenka, Kim Clijsters and Venus Williams. It should be interesting to see how Sharapova responds to that old fashion drubbing that Serena bestowed upon her at the Olympic games. Over the past few years, the women’s field has been a crap shoot. The way Serena is playing, it will be hard to bet against her.
On the Men’s side, Roger Federer will be looking to get revenge for his loss at the hands of Andy Murray. Look for these men along with Novak Djokovic to be vying for the title.
The 17th Annual Arthur Ashe Kids Day will kick off the festivities this year once again. Arthur Ashe Day is an event established to expose kids to tennis that normally would not have access to this great sport. It is a fitting tribute to the man that opened the doors to a game that was traditionally closed for many.
The grounds to the Billie Jean King Center will be open free to the general public on August 25, 2012, from 9:30am to 5pm. Kids of all of ages will be able participate in several tennis-related activities and interactive games throughout the complex. In addition to family fun, there will be a Stadium Show hosted by Jordin Sparks, Quddus and New York Rangers star Brad Richards. Musical sensations The Wanted, Carly Rae Jepsen, Owl City, Mindless Behavior and Rachel Crow will join tennis stars Jon Isner, Federer and Clisjters for a fun-filled day of concerts and tennis demonstrations in Arthur Ashe Stadium. This event will require paid admission. Contact Ticketmaster for prices and availability.
The Olympic Games results have added another level of excitement to this year’s US Open, as if this event needed any added spice. I look forward to this tournament every year and this year is no exception.