City Sports Report

It’s That Time Of The Year Again

Serena Williams is last American standing in 2014 US Open

After the NBA Finals, for me there is usually a lull as far as my attention to the sports world is concerned. That changes about this time. Football is gearing up. Baseball’s pennant races are starting to become interesting. Even all of the basketball transactions have made me take more notice than usual this summer, but the one event that I look forward to as much as any other is the United States Tennis Association’s US Open, which kicks off on Monday. On Saturday they also will host the 19th Annual Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day.

 

The US Open is one of the premier annual worldwide sporting events and this year should definitely live up to the hype. Although the news that defending champion Rafael Nadal had to withdraw due to a wrist injury has taken some of the wind out of sails of the event, sparks will still fly throughout the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center over the next three weeks.

 

The Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day has been deemed the official kick off for the US Open for nearly the last two decades. This Saturday August 23 the USTA will open the doors of the tennis center at 10am to the general public for a day to promote the great game of tennis in a tribute the late great Arthur Ashe . During the course of the day, tennis fans will be treated to an afternoon of tennis, music and pure fun. Throughout the grounds there will be tennis instructional activities for all levels and music DJs and bands will provide a fun-filled energetic atmosphere. To cap off the day, The Stadium Show will provide something for kids of all ages. Chart-topping artists Hunter Hayes, Shawn Mendes, MKTO, McClain, The Vamps and Madison Beer will perform. DJ Serlano and Celeberty Trainer Shaun T will host the event. Roger Federer and Serena Williams will also be on hand to show off their tennis skills. Please note that although entrance to tennis center is free, there will be a fee for The Stadium Show, which will be held in Arthur Ashe Stadium. Contact TicketMaster or visit www.arthurashekidsday.com for ticket information.

 

Two former US Open champions who have struggled as of late appear to be back on track coming into the tournament. Both Serena Williams and Roger Federer took the Western and Southern Financial Group Masters Open over the weekend. This tournament serves as a tune up for the US Open and if the play of the two last week is any indication of how they will play in the upcoming weeks, then the USTA and tennis fans should be looking forward to this year’s edition.

 

It was a scary sight to see when Williams had to withdraw from that Wimbledon doubles match with her sister Venus. Serena looked discombobulated as she warmed up and everybody feared for the worst. The official report indicated that she was suffering from a viral infection. Well it appears that she got her mojo back after winning the Southern and Western Open. Big sister Venus, who is also dealing with her own medical issues, Sjogren’s Syndrome, also looked good during the tournament. Let’s hope that both Williams sisters’ medical issues are behind them because the US Open is so much better when they are playing well. And Lord knows, they will need to be at full strength to hold off the pack. Serena is ranked No.1 going into the tournament but do not sleep on Li Na (No. 3), Petra Kvitova ( No.4), Angieszka Radwanska (No. 5) and Maria Sharapova (No. 6), who all have a shot at taking the crown.

 

On the men’s side, Novak Djokovic holds on to his No. 1 ranking, and with Nadal out of the mix, Federer (No. 3), Stanisslas Wawrinka (No. 4) and David Ferrrer (no. 5) will all be in the hunt for the men’s crown. Who will be the last man and woman standing at the US Open remains to be seen, but the journey will be worth watching.

The US Open is usually must see TV. So folks you should tune in. From Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day to the crowning of the Men’s Single Champion, The US Open provides the best that sports has to offer.

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