Are you ready you for one of the best shows on the planet? Here’s your guide to the 2017 US Open tennis tournament.
The 2017 US Open will take place at New York’s USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center from August 28th to September 10th.
You can catch all the action by reading NewsWhistle’s daily reports, visiting usopen.org and watching the live matches courtesy of your local broadcaster.
For those wanting to attend in person, tickets are still available through Ticketmaster.
WHO TO WATCH
Angelique Kerber & Marin Cilic at the US Open Draw Ceremony, Aug. 25, South Street Seaport
While anyone can walk away with the trophy, it’s normally a safe bet at the US Open to focus on the favorites.
But this year’s a head scratcher — especially in the men’s division.
Switzerland’s Stan Wawrinka (the defending US Open champ) has withdrawn due to injury – as has Serbia’s Novak Djokovic, Canada’s Milos Raonic and Japan’s Kei Nishikori.
Even if Wawrinka, Djokovic and Nishikori were healthy, we thought Switzerland’s Roger Federer was going to win this tournament. But Federer’s championship chances are now in question after tweaking his back earlier this month.
As for the UK’s Andy Murray? His hip has been bothering him, and he’s just pulled out of the tournament at the last minute!
Spain’s Rafael Nadal (a former US Open champ) is no longer consistent — unable to find his rhythm against young Australian phenom Nick Kyrgios two weeks ago at the Cincinnati Masters.
Kyrgios himself is unpredictable, losing to Grigor Dmitrov in Cincinnati’s championship match.
For us, the one to watch is Germany’s Alexander Zverev. The 20-year-old is being tapped to go far in the year’s final grand slam tourney.
On the women’s side, America’s Serena Williams is expecting a baby girl and won’t be playing in the tournament.
Filling the star-power void is Serena’s sister Venus Williams, as well as Russia’s Maria Sharapova, who will be back on scene. This is Sharapova’s first Grand Slam appearance after serving out a 15-month suspension.
Who also can win over the crowd? Well there’s Germany’s Angelique Kerber (the defending US Open champ), Czech Republic’s Karolina Pliskova (the world’s number one player) and Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina (who’s also had a good run as of late).
But if pressed to predict a winner, we’d pick Spain’s Garbine Muguruza (the Wimbeldon winner who bested Romania’s Simona Halep for the title in Cincinnati). Muguruza’s game against Halep (one of tennis’ top players) was flawless.
NOTABLE ABSENCES (injury, where noted):
Andy Murray (UK, right hip injury);
Serena Williams (USA);
Stan Wawrinka (Switzerland, left knee injury);
Novak Djokovic (Serbia, right elbow injury);
Victoria Azarenka (Belarus);
Milos Raonic (Canada, left wrist injury);
Samantha Stosur (Australia, right hand injury);
Kei Nishikori (Japan, right wrist injury);
Anna-Lena Friedsam (Germany, right shoulder injury); and
Sara Errani (Italy).
DID YOU KNOW?
* Arthur Ashe Stadium, the main US Open court, is celebrating its 20th year. The venue seats over 23,000 people, making it the largest tennis-only stadium in the world.
Poster Courtesy of USTA and artist Peter Max
* Louis Armstrong Stadium is gone, but not forgotten. A new court is under construction and slated to open next year. In the meantime, a temporary 8,500-seat structure, located near the East Gate, will stand in its place.
* Singer Shania Twain will headline the tournament’s Opening Night Ceremony on Monday night (August 28) inside Arthur Ashe Stadium. You can watch her performance via ESPN 2 and other international broadcasters. Check your local listings.
* Celebrity chefs David Chang, Masaharu Morimoto, David Burke, Josh Capon, Tony Mantuano, Marcus Samuelsson and Ed Brown will be lending their talents throughout the competition, creating special menus and treats for US Open restaurants and food stands.
While tasty fine dining options can be found at Aces and Champions Bar & Grill, our two favorite items can be purchased at the Fuku stand in the Food Village. Those treats: David Chang’s 163 Burger (a cheeseburger on toasted bing bread) and the Double Berry Ice Cream Sandwich by Du’s Donuts and Coffee (vanilla ice cream inside a strawberry and blueberry donut). Delicious!
* It wouldn’t be a NewsWhistle US Open Guide without mentioning the US Open’s signature drink – the GREY GOOSE® Honey Deuce – a sweet refresher that’s been around for several years and shows no signs of losing favor with Open fans.
The drink is made with vodka, lemonade, a splash of raspberry liqueur, and garnished with small honeydew “tennis” balls.
As many of you know, at home, we skip the melon balls and also add some club soda for some extra fizz. So good! Enjoy!
NewsWhistle’s daily coverage of the US Open begins Monday, August 28th.
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