August 28, 2015

Brad Gilbert Talks US Open Draws with Tennis Panorama News

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(August 27, 2015) NEW YORK, NY – Former pro tennis player coach and current ESPN tennis analyst Brad Gilbert is known for having a unique tennis vocabulary. The former world No. 4 is putting his tennis glossary to good use starring in six Voya Financial-produced videos for social media.

 

This is the second edition of the “Gilbert’s Glossary” videos that began during Wimbledon received more than four million views. The new campaign includes six new comical video shorts featuring Gilbert.

Voya’s sponsorship of ESPN’s coverage spans the entire duration of the US Open and will air over two weeks — from Aug. 31 through Sept. 13 — across ESPN networks. The agreement features a number of media rights including significant commercial inventory, live Voya “Bench Talk” segments with accompanying graphics and audio mentions, and the debut of 360-degree “freeD” replay technology with Voya on-screen branding.

 

Gilbert spoke to Tennis Panorama News to talk about the videos and the US Open singles draws which were made on Thursday.

Tennis Panorama News: Let’s talk about the men’s draw first. What were your impressions?

Brad Gilbert: There are about a half a dozen really good popcorn matches in the first round. We’re going to have some intriguing matches.

 

Definitely Rafa (Nadal) – (Borna) Coric, The bad boy (Nick) Kyrgios versus (Andy) Murray, I think that’s a bad match-up for him anyways. (Thanasi) Kokkinakis versus (Richard) Gasquet.

 

I think Djoker (Novak Djokovic) got a great draw and down on the bottom (of the draw), I’m not really sure if he had a good draw or a bad draw, if (Roger) Federer is playing the way he did in Cincinnati, I think he’s in store for a big run. It’s been six years since he made a final at the (US) Open. What he showed in Cincinnati was really impressive. I’m looking forward to see if he can bring that in New York.

 

TPN: Can you predict the winner after seeing the draw today?

BG: No. I will pick a winner in a couple of days. I do it for ESPN.com. One thing’s for sure, sometimes you look at a draw, you look at a brutal draw and a couple days later it can open up. So, Serena’s (Williams) draw on paper is brutal, but you never know if she’ll have to navigate all the way through the draw the way it is ‘cause things can change.

 

Last year was a major surprise (on the men’s tour) with what we had and probably the first time, we had a couple of surprises. We had Stan (Wawrinka) winning (the Australian Open) and (Marin) Cilic (US Open) – I don’t think we are going to see a major surprise like that this year (at the US Open) that’s for sure.

 

TPN: So do you want to go out on a limb and make a prediction for the women?

BG: No, not yet. I have to think about it for a few more days. I usually fill out 2 or 3 draws. I sit there and scratch through them in my room until I come up with the right one.

 

TPN: I want to ask you about your new videos that were launched Voya Financial. How much fun was it making them, especially with your unique spin on things.

BG: It was a blast doing them. Obviously Voya is a great company. They had a tremendous team making me look good. And one of the coolest compliments – I had a young kid come up to me and say “Are you that YouTube dude?” (Laughter)

 

So, I’ve been called a lot about being a coach and playing, the way the kid said it, it kind rang home – like to him it really meant something. I like to have a lot of fun on Twitter, and I like to have a lot of fun, when I do the studio stuff, so I am really happy that Voya gave me a platform to have fun.

 

 

Here are two of the videos in “Gibert’s Glossary” campaign for Voya Financial

Videos called Moonball, Flatliner, Fearhand and Dead Let Court will be released during the US Open.

Related article:

Brad Gilbert Talks Tennis “Glossary”

Karen Pestaina for Tennis Panorama News at the US Open.

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Serena Williams has Competitive Quarter in US Open Draw

Serena Williams photo courtesy of the USTA (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Serena Williams photo courtesy of the USTA (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

(August 27, 2015) FLUSHING MEADOWS, NY – The singles draws were held for the US Open on Thursday. Defending champion Serena Williams, who is seeking to complete the first Grand Slam since Steffi Graf accomplished the feat back in 1988 faces a competitive quarter of her draw. Williams, who is a six-time champion could face US countrywomen in the third and fourth rounds – Sloane Stephens and Madison Keys. Also in Williams’ quarter of the draw is her sister Venus Williams and Belinda Bencic, the 12th seed, who defeated Serena in Toronto just two weeks ago.

”You have Sloane, I seem to play her every tournament,” Williams said to media. ”Madison is playing really well. So is Sloane, actually – she’s playing excellent. So it’s not anything simple or easy to go through.”

Serena could potentially face third seed Maria Sharapaova in the semifinal. The world No. 1 opens her quest for her 22nd major against Russia’s Vitalia Diatchenko ranked 86th in the world.

“I feel like there’s always another record, then there’s always another person to catch up with or to pass.I never really thought I would be in this position where I would even be talking about, you know, records, talking about passing Steffi Graf or even mentioning Margaret Court.

“I mean, I just grew up trying to be the best that I could and do the best that I could. I worked really hard for everything. So to even be mentioned in that conversation is great.

“But like I said, I feel like I don’t put that pressure on myself to do anything here ’cause I’m obviously going to be excited to compete next year and just keep going and have fun.”

Asked about if she thought about her place among the tennis greats, Serena said: “I can’t sit here and say [I’m the greatest]. But I can sit here and say that I’m the greatest player that I’ve been able to be.

“I do read numbers and I do see numbers. I believe in those numbers. I think, you know, different generations and different times have different champions, have different greats, have different levels of players. It’s really difficult to compare, you know, one generation to another, generations several ago. Things change: power, technique, technology. A lot of things have contributed to that.”

“I think being experienced has really helped me a lot, helped me get through a lot of matches. It’s helped me overcome a lot of things. Yeah, it’s been great. I’ve really enjoyed it. I know some matches I got through just on my experience alone, so that’s been really able to help me out.

 

Potential women’s quarterfinals:

(1)Serena Williams vs. (8)Karolina Pliskova

(3)Maria Sharapova vs. (7)Ana Ivanovic

(5)Petra Kvitova vs. (4)Caroline Wozniacki

(2)Simona Halep vs. (6)Lucie Safarova

Women’s draw

 

On the men’s side of the draw, top seed Novak Djokovic could face eighth seed Rafael Nadal in a quarterfinal clash in Flushing Meadows. Second seed Roger Federer and third seed Andy Murray are on the other side of the draw. Murray has a potentially extremely competitive opening match against Nick Kyrgios. Nadal also will have all he can handle against Borna Coric in the first round.

Potential men’s quarterfinals:

 

(1)Novak Djokovic vs. (8)Rafael Nadal

(4)Kei Nishikori vs. (7)David Ferrer

(5)Stan Wawrinka vs. (3)Andy Murray

(2)Roger Federer vs. (6) Tomas Berdych

Men’s draw

 

 

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2015 US Open Seeds Announced

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Serena Williams

(August 25, 2015) FLUSHING MEADOWS, NY – The USTA has announced the seeds for the 2015 US Open which begins on August 31st. Going for the Grand Slam is top seed Serena Williams for the women and Novak Djokovic aiming for his third major of the year is the No. men’s seed.

 

2015 US Open Women’s Singles Seeds

 

1.    Serena Williams, United States

2.    Simona Halep, Romania

3.    Maria Sharapova, Russia

4.    Caroline Wozniacki, Denmark

5.    Petra Kvitova, Czech Republic

6.    Lucie Safarova, Czech Republic

7.    Ana Ivanovic, Serbia

8.    Karolina Pliskova, Czech Republic

9.    Garbiñe Muguruza, Spain

10.  Carla Suarez Navarro, Spain

11.  Angelique Kerber, Germany

12.  Belinda Bencic, Switzerland

13.  Ekaterina Makarova, Russia

14.  Timea Bacsinszky, Switzerland

15.  Agnieszka Radwanska, Poland

16.  Sara Errani, Italy

17.  Elina Svitolina, Ukraine

18.  Andrea Petkovic, Germany

19.  Madison Keys, United States

20.  Victoria Azarenka, Belarus

21.  Jelena Jankovic, Serbia

22.  Samantha Stosur, Australia

23.  Venus Williams, United States

24.  Sabine Lisicki, Germany

25.  Eugenie Bouchard, Canada

26.  Flavia Pennetta, Italy

27.  Alizé Cornet, France

28.  Irina-Camelia Begu, Romania

29.  Sloane Stephens, United States

30.  Svetlana Kuznetsova, Russia

31.  Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Russia

32.  Anna Karolina Schmiedlova, Slovakia

 

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2015 US Open Men’s Singles Seeds

 

1.    Novak Djokovic, Serbia

2.    Roger Federer, Switzerland

3.    Andy Murray, Great Britain

4.    Kei Nishikori, Japan

5.    Stan Wawrinka, Switzerland

6.    Tomas Berdych, Czech Republic

7.    David Ferrer, Spain

8.    Rafael Nadal, Spain

9.    Marin Cilic, Croatia

10.  Milos Raonic, Canada

11.  Gilles Simon, France

12.  Richard Gasquet, France

13.  John Isner, United States

14.  David Goffin, Belgium

15.  Kevin Anderson, South Africa

16.  Gael Monfils, France

17.  Grigor Dimitrov, Bulgaria

18.  Feliciano Lopez, Spain

19.  Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, France

20.  Dominic Thiem, Austria

21.  Ivo Karlovic, Croatia

22.  Viktor Troicki, Serbia

23.  Roberto Bautista Agut, Spain

24.  Bernard Tomic, Australia

25.  Andreas Seppi, Italy

26.  Tommy Robredo, Spain

27.  Jeremy Chardy, France

28.  Jack Sock, United States

29.  Philipp Kohlschreiber, Germany

30.  Thomaz Bellucci, Brazil

31.  Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, Spain

32.  Fabio Fognini, Italy

 

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Danny Riggs, Grandson of Bobby Riggs, Wins Triple Crown at USTA Grass Court National Open Championships

Danny Riggs photo by Larry Riggs

Danny Riggs photo by Larry Riggs

NEWPORT, R.I. – Aug. 23, 2015 – Seventy-six years after his grandfather Bobby Riggs won the  triple crown at the 1939 Wimbledon Championships, Danny Riggs pulled off the same feat this week at the USTA Men’s Grass Court National Open Championships.

 

Playing at the site of the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, R.I., where his grandfather was inducted in 1967, Riggs ran through the draws as the top-seeded player in the singles, doubles and mixed doubles to capture three USTA gold balls.

 

“At the beginning of the day I thought about it, definitely,” said Riggs, who repeated the singles title he won last year. “After I won the first in singles I tried not to think about it because I didn’t want the added pressure.”

 

Riggs, 22, started his collegiate career at Cornell University where he played for two season before transferring to Division II Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla., where he is studying hotel management. Riggs and his parents reside in nearby Pompano Beach, Fla.

 

“My dad always talks to me about my grandfather, and what a great player he was.” Riggs said. “It’s an honor and a privilege to do something he did, even though it can’t compare to something like winning Wimbledon.”

 

Riggs was coached all week by his father Larry, a former men’s coach at Pepperdine University.

 

In singles, Riggs beat Harvard University’s Conor Haughey in the final, 6-3, 6-4. In doubles, Riggs and Mario Becerra beat the No. 2-seeded team of Andy Chang and Alan Chang from Ranch Santa Fe 7-6 (4), 6-0. In mixed doubles, Riggs and his girlfriend Alina Jane De Alcantara beat a pair from Winter Haven, Fla., Alex Bose and Jennifer Myers, 6-2, 6-1.

Written by Steve Pratt

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Roger Federer and Serena Williams Defend Cincy Tennis Titles

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(August 23, 2015) Serena Williams and Roger Federer became the first women’s and men’s champions to defend their Cincinnati titles since the lat 1930s on Sunday. Williams defeated new No. 2 player Simona Halep 6-3, 7-6(5) for her second Western and Southern Open crowns while Federer stopped top ranked Novak Djokovic 7-6(1), 6-3 for his seventh.

Federer prevented Djokovic from claiming the only Masters 1000 title he has never won.

“The fifth time I’ve been in the title (match) and never won this title, so I guess I have to wait for Roger to retire,” Djokovic said. “I’ve been coming back each year wanting it more.”

“I really hope you can win here someday,” Federer told Djokovic during the trophy ceremony. “He deserves it. C’mon, so close.”

The win puts the 34-year-old Swiss back up to No. 2 in the world and gives him his 24 Masters title and 87th career tournament title. He is 7-0 in Cincinnati finals.

“I think I moved well,” Federer said. “I was explosive moving forward. Volleys were good. I think from the baseline was hitting my forehand very well. I was serving very well this week, don’t get me wrong, but I still think there was a little bit more room for improvement on the serve. I wasn’t always hitting all spots as perfect as I was hoping it to be. In practice I didn’t feel this good, to be quite honest.

“This has always been a good week for me. I think the volunteers make a wonderful tournament with the tournament director, and it’s very fan friendly as well. I get in touch a lot with the fans this week. It’s just a nice venue. Great center court. Good atmosphere. Good court speed for me. So many things for me to like about it.  Those are the reasons I’m sure I play well here.”

“Well, it’s the sport,” the Serbian said of the loss. “You can’t win all the time. I won many matches this year. Of course it’s disappointing at this stage to reflect on the match. Could have done some things better, but I lost to a better player, no question about it. I have to deal with it. US Open is around the corner, and I have to already turn the next page. Hopefully I can do well there.”

Serena Williams heads to New York’s U.S. Open trying to become the first player since Steffi Graf in 1988 win a Grand Slam.

“I’m ready,” Williams said. “I don’t care if I win or lose or break even. I’m ready to start it, get it over with, and be done and go on to the next event. But I’m so ready for New York. Let’s go, right?”

“I know you can do four,” Halep said to Williams during the trophy ceremony.

2012 US Open champion Andy Murray clinched the 2015 Emirates Airline US Open Series men’s title with Roger Federer’s victory over Novak Djokovic in the final of the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati. Murray, who also won the Emirates Airline US Open Series title in 2010, will attempt to set a record for the largest payout in tennis history at the US Open – $4.3 million ($3.3 million for winning the US Open and a $1 million bonus for winning the US Open as Emirates Airline US Open Series champion).

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Cincinnati Finals Set: Djokovic versus Federer and Serena Williams Plays Halep

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RESULTS – Saturday, August 22
ATP Main Draw Singles – Semifinals
[1] Novak Djokovic (Serbia) d. [Q] Alexandr Dolgopolov (Ukraine) 46 76(5) 62
[2] Roger Federer (Switzerland) d. [3] Andy Murray (Great Britain) 64 76(6)
WTA Main Draw Singles – Semifinals
[1] Serena Williams (USA) d. [14] Elina Svitolina (Ukraine) 64 63
[3] Simona Halep (Romania) d. Jelena Jankovic 61 62
ATP Main Draw Doubles – Semifinals
[6] Marcin Matkowski (Poland) / Nenad Zimonjic (Serbia) d. [2] Ivan Dodig (Croatia) / Marcelo Melo (Brazil) 64 64
Daniel Nestor (Canada) / Edouard Roger-Vasselin (France) d. Feliciano Lopez (Spain) / Max Mirnyi (Belarus) 75 64
WTA Main Draw Doubles – Semifinals
Hao-Ching Chan (Chinese Taipei) / Yung-Jan Chan (Chinese Taipei) d. [1] Martina Hingis (Switzerland) / Sania Mirza (India) 64 06 10-6
ORDER OF PLAY – Sunday, August 23, 2015
CENTER start 1:00 pm
[1] Novak Djokovic (Serbia) vs. [2] Roger Federer (Switzerland)
Not Before 3:00 pm
[1] Serena Williams (USA) vs. [3] Simona Halep (Romania)
GRANDSTAND start at 11:15 am
Daniel Nestor (Canada) / Edouard Roger-Vasselin (France) vs. [6] Marcin Matkowski (Poland) / Nenad Zimonjic (Serbia)
Not before 1:45 pm
Hao-Ching Chan (Chinese Taipei) / Yung-Jan Chan (Chinese Taipei) vs. [4] Casey Dellacqua (Australia) / Yaroslava Shvedova (Kazakhstan)
NEWS AND NOTES
Roger Federer, a record six-time champion at the W&S Open, will play four-time finalist Novak Djokovic in Sunday’s title match. The pair have evenly split 40 previous career meetings, but Federer owns a 15-14 edge on hard courts and a 2-0 advantage in Cincinnati.
– The W&S Open final is a rematch of this year’s Wimbledon final. In fact, 14 of the 40 meetings between the two have been in finals, with Djokovic holding a 9-5 lead over Federer in those matches. This will be the fifth final they have contested this season, with Djokovic prevailing in three (Indian Wells, Rome and Wimbledon) compared to one for Federer (Dubai).
– Federer and Djokovic are the first players to meet in three Cincinnati finals in the Open Era (also 2008 and 2012).
– The final features two of the top three players in the ATP rankings, with Djokovic holding the No. 1 spot and Federer being ranked No. 3. The combined ranking of 4 is the lowest in a Cincinnati final since 2009 when No. 1 Federer played No. 2 Djokovic.
– Federer is looking to win back-to-back Cincinnati titles for the second time in his career (also 2009-10). Only three other players has successfully defended this title in the Open Era: Andre Agassi (1995-96), Michael Chang (1993-94) and Mats Wilander (1983-84).
– Djokovic has reached four Cincinnati finals but has yet to win the title. It is the only ATP Masters 1000 title that has eluded him. The final will be his 37th match here, placing him second among active players for matches played without a title at the W&S Open (Hewitt, 39).
– There is more than just the Western & Southern Open title on the line on Sunday, as the match will also decide the winner of the 2015 Emirates Airline US Open Series Bonus Challenge. Djokovic will clinch the Challenge with a win on Sunday, while a victory by Federer would secure the Challenge for Murray.
Serena Williams will play Simona Halep for the women’s title. Williams owns a 5-1 edge over the Romanian.
– Williams is looking to be the first woman to successfully defend her title in Cincinnati in the Open Era. She is also the first player in the Open Era to reach three consecutive finals. She has a 20-4 lifetime record in Cincinnati.
– Halep has reached the finals here for the first time. She had twice been to the quarterfinals (2013 and 2014) before reaching the final this year.
– With Williams, No. 1, playing Halep, No. 3, this will be the fourth consecutive year that the women’s final features a pair of Top 10 players.
Daniel Nestor and Edouard Roger-Vasselin are through to their second straight Masters 1000 final together. Last weekend they contested the final in Montreal, losing to the Bryan Brothers 10-6 in the match tie-break. Nestor is looking to win a record-tying fifth Cincinnati title.
Marcin Matkowski and Nenad Zimonjic are also through to their second Masters 1000 final of the year, having finished as runner-up in Madrid.
Casey Dellacqua and Yaroslava Shvedova are pursuing their second title of the season after winning in Madrid final. The pair also reached the French Open final this year.
– The sisterly duo of Hao-Ching Chan and Yung-Jan Chan have won one title this season together, in Pattaya City. Chan/Chan lost in the opening round of the W&S Open in both 2012 and 2014.
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Semis Set in Cincinnati

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(August 21, 2015)
NEWS AND NOTES
– The trend of strong attendance continued Friday as more than 25,000 fans were in attendance at the Lindner Family Tennis Center. Twelve of the 13 sessions this year have set an attendance record for the respective sessions.

Novak Djokovic is appearing in his fifth Cincinnati semifinal, and is undefeated in that round. However, Djokovic has never won this title, the only one of the ATP Masters 1000 titles that has eluded him.

Alexandr Dolgopolov is just the third qualifier to reach the semifinals at the Western & Southern Open in the Open Era, and is the first to do so since David Wheaton in 1994. He is bidding to be the first qualifier to reach the final in the Open Era.

– At No. 66 in the rankings, Dolgopolov would be the lowest ranked finalist since 1980 (Francisco Gonzalez, No. 119).

– This is the fourth year in a row that an unseeded player has reached the semifinals. The last unseeded player to reach a final was John Isner in 2013 (l. to Nadal).
Roger Federer has reached his seventh semifinal in Cincinnati, which is second in the Open Era behind Jimmy Connors and Stefan Edberg, who both did so eight times. Owner of a tournament record six titles, Federer is 6-0 in semifinals here.
– Two-time champion Andy Murray is on an eight-match winning streak, having won the title last week in Montreal. Murray is bidding to be the sixth player to win Canada and Cincinnati back-to-back in the Open Era (Cliff Richey 1969, Eddie Dibbs 1978, Andre Agassi 1995, Pat Rafter 1998, Andy Roddick 2003 and Rafael Nadal 2013)
Serena Williams, the defending champion, is bidding to reach her third consecutive final in Cincinnati. She has won 42 matches in a row on US hard courts, stretching back to 2013 Cincinnati final.
Elina Svitolina is through to the semifinals for a first time in Cincinnati, and her second semifinal of the summer (Stanford, l.to Kerber). At 20-years-old, she is trying to become the youngest finalist here since Vera Zvonareva reached the 2004 final at 19.

Jelena Jankovic, the 2009 champion, boasts a 24-7 record in Cincinnati, making her the winningest active woman at the tournament.

– Jankovic and Serena are the first women in the Open Era to reach the semifinals in Cincinnati four times.

Simona Halep, a first-time semifinalist here, has advanced to at least the semifinals at eight of 13 tournaments played so far in 2015. She is the first Romanian woman to reach the semifinals here.

– In doubles, the 19-17 match tie-break won by Hao-Ching Chan & Yung-Jan Chang over Sara Errani & Flavia Pennetta is the longest match tie-break this season on the WTA.

Bob & Mike Bryan, the two-time defending champions, had reached the semifinals or better every year since 2006. Friday’s loss snapped their consecutive semifinal streak at nine.

– Planning ahead, here’s a look at Sunday’s schedule:
11:15 am – Men’s Doubles Final (Grandstand)
1:00 pm – Men’s Singles Final (Center Court)
1:45 pm – Women’s Doubles Final (Grandstand)
3:00 pm – Women’s Singles Final (Center Court)
Full results from Friday and Saturday’s order of play follow the draws.
2015 Draws 
RESULTS – Friday, August 21
ATP Main Draw Singles – Quarterfinals
[1] Novak Djokovic (Serbia) d. [5] Stan Wawrinka (Switzerland) 64 61
[3] Andy Murray (Great Britain) d. [12] Richard Gasquet (France) 46 61 64
Alexandr Dolgopolov (Ukraine) d. [6] Tomas Berdych (Czech Republic) 64 62
[2] Roger Federer (Switzerland) d. Feliciano Lopez (Spain) 63 64
ATP Main Draw Doubles – Quarterfinals
Daniel Nestor (Canada) / Edouard Roger-Vasselin (France) d. [1] Bob Bryan (USA) / Mike Bryan (USA) 64 64
[2] Ivan Dodig (Croatia) / Marcelo Melo (Brazil) d. [5] Rohan Bopanna (India) / Floria Mergea (Romania) 61 16 14-12
[6] Marcin Matkowski (Poland) / Nenad Zimonjic (Serbia) d. [3] Jean-Julien Rojer (Netherlands) / Horia Tecau (Romania) 63 64
Feliciano Lopez (Spain) / Max Mirnyi (Belarus) d Leander Paes (India) / Stan Wawrinka (Switzerland) 36 62 14-12
WTA Main Draw Singles – Quarterfinals
[1] Serena Williams (USA) d. [6] Ana Ivanovic (Serbia) 36 64 62
[3] Simona Halep (Romania) d Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (Russia) 76(3) 62
[14] Elina Svitolina (Ukraine) d. [7] Lucie Safarova (Czech Republic) 64 26 60
Jelena Jankovic (Serbia) d. [Q] Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (Slovakia) 64 62
WTA Main Draw Doubles – Semifinals
[4] Casey Dellacqua (Australia) / Yaroslava Shvedova (Kazakhstan) d. Chia-Jung Chuang (Taipei) / Su-Wei Hsieh (Taipei) 62 75
WTA Main Draw Doubles – Quarterfinals
[1] Martina Hingis (Switzerland) / Sania Mirza (India) d. [WC] Christina McHale (USA) / Coco Vandeweghe (USA) 64 61
Hao-Ching Chan (Taipei) / Yung-Jan Chan (Taipei) d. Sara Errani (Italy) / Flavia Pennetta (Italy) 67(4) 76(1) 19-17
ORDER OF PLAY – Saturday, August 22, 2015
CENTER start 1:00 pm
[1] Novak Djokovic (Serbia) vs. [Q] Alexandr Dolgopolov (Ukraine)
Followed by 
[3] Andy Murray (Great Britain) vs. [2] Roger Federer (Switzerland)
Not Before 7:00 pm
[1] Serena Williams (USA) vs. [14] Elina Svitolina (Ukraine)
Followed by 
3] Simona Halep (Romania) vs. Jelena Jankovic (Serbia)
GRANDSTAND start at 1:00 pm
[6] Marcin Matkowski (Poland) / Nenad Zimonjic (Serbia) vs. [2] Ivan Dodig (Croatia) / Marcelo Melo (BRA)
Followed by
Daniel Nestor (Canada) / Edouard Roger-Vasselin (France) vs. Feliciano Lopez (Spain) / Max Mirnyi (Belarus)
Followed by
[1] Martina Hingis (Switzerland) / Sania Mirza (India) vs. Hao-Ching Chan (Taipei) / Yung-Jan Chan (Taipei)
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Djokovic and Murray Rally for Victories, Serena Williams and Federer Win Easily in Cincy

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(August 20, 2015) Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray withstood big tests on Thursday. Each man had to rally in the third set to defeat challengers. The world No. 2 Murray saved a match point and was down a set and two breaks before he came back to beat Grigor Dimitrov 4-6, 7-6(3), 7-5.  No. 1 Djokovic was down 0-3 in the third set and rattled off six straight games to take out David Goffin 6-4, 2-6, 6-3.
It was a straightforward rout for both Serena Williams and Roger Federer who both only lost two games in respective 6-0, 6-2 and 6-1, 6-1 wins.
Spanish countryman Feliciano Lopez upset eighth seed Rafael Nadal to reach the quarterfinals 5-7, 6-4, 7-6(3).
RESULTS – Thursday, August 20
ATP Main Draw Singles – Third Round
[1] Novak Djokovic (Serbia) d. [13] David Goffin (Belgium) 64 26 63
[2] Roger Federer (Switzerland) d. [15] Kevin Anderson (South Africa) 61 61
[3] Andy Murray (Great Britain) d. [16] Grigor Dimitrov (Bulgaria) 46 76(3) 75
[5] Stan Wawrinka (Switzerland) d. Ivo Karlovic (Croatia) 6(2)7 76(5) 76(5)
[6] Tomas Berdych (Czech Republic) d. Tommy Robredo (Spain) 60 61
Feliciano Lopez (Spain) d. [8] Rafael Nadal (Spain) 57 64 76(3)
[12] Richard Gasquet (France) d. Marin Cilic (Croatia) 75 63
[Q] Alexandr Dolgopolov (Ukraine) d. Jerzy Janowicz (Poland) 63 36 64
ATP Main Draw Doubles – Second Round
[1] Bob Bryan (USA) / Mike Bryan (USA) or Juan Sebastian Cabal (Colombia) / Robert Farah (Colombia) check wsopen.com for result
[2] Ivan Dodig (Croatia) / Marcelo Melo (Brazil) d. [WC] Steve Johnson (USA) / Sam Querrey 76(4) 76(4)
[5] Rohan Bopanna (India) / Florin Mergea (Romania) d. Pierre-Huges Herbert (France) / Nicolas Mahut (France) 16 76(5) 13-11
[6] Marcin Matkowski (Poland) / Nenad Zimonjic (Serbia) d. Raven Klaasen (South Africa) / Rajeev Ram (USA) 76(2) 64
Daniel Nestor (Canada)  Edouard Roger-Vasselin (France) d. [7] Jamie Murray (Great Britain) / John Peers (Australia) 76(3) 76(5)
[3] Jean-Julien Rojer (Netherland) / Horia Tecau (Romania)  d. Alexander Peya (Austria) / Bruno Soares (Brazil) 64 36 11-9
Feliciano Lopez (Spain) / Max Mirnyi (Belarus) d [4] Simone Bolelli (Italy) / Fabio Fognini (Italy) 63 63
WTA Main Draw Singles – Third Round
[1] Serena Williams (USA) d. Karin Knapp (Italy) 60 62
[3] Simona Halep (Romania) d. [15] Andrea Petkovic (Germany) 46 64 62
[6] Ana Ivanovic (Serbia) d. Sloane Stephens (USA) 26 64 61
[7] Lucie Safarova (Czech Republic) d. Belinda Bencic (Switzerland) 62 ret. (right wrist)
[14] Elina Svitolina (Ukraine) d. Caroline Garcia (France) 60 63
Jelena Jankovic (Serbia) d. [8] Karolina Pliskova (Czech Republic) 62 36 75
[Q] Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (Slovakia) d. Varvara Lepchenko (USA) 63 36 64
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (Russia) d. Victoria Azarenka (Belarus) 16 30 ret. (left thigh)
WTA Main Draw Doubles – Quarterfinals
[4] Casey Dellacqua (Australia) / Yaroslava Shvedova (Kazakhstan) d. Jelena Jankovic (Serbia) / Elena Vesnina (Russia) 64 63
WTA Main Draw Doubles – Second Round
Chia-Jung Chuang (Taipei) / Su-Wei Hsieh (Taipei) d. [2] Timea Babos (Hungary) / Kristina Mladenovic (France) 46 64 13-11
[4] Casey Dellacqua (Australia) / Yaroslava Shvedova (Kazakhstan) d. Michaella Krajicek (Netherlands) / Barbora Strycova (Czech Republic)  64 75
Sara Errani (Italy) / Flavia Pennetta (Italy) d. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (Russia) / Lucie Safarova (Czech Republic) 61 36 10-3
[WC] Christina Mchale (USA) / Coco Vandeweghe (USA) d. [WC] Madison Keys (USA) / Lisa Raymond (USA) 75 62
Jelena Jankovic (Serbia) / Elena Vesnina (Russia) d. Anabel Medina Garrigues (Spain) / Arantxa Parra Santonja (Spain) 75 64
Hao-Ching Chan (Taipei) / Yung-Jan Chan (Taipei) d. [3] Caroline Garcia (France) / Katarina Srebotnik (Slovakia) 36 62 12-10
ORDER OF PLAY – FRIDAY, AUGUST 21, 2015
CENTER start 11:00 am
ATP – [1] Novak Djokovic (Serbia) vs [5] Stan Wawrinka (Switzerland)
Not Before 1:00 pm
WTA – [1] Serena Williams (USA) vs [6] Ana Ivanovic (Serbia)
Not Before 2:30 pm
ATP – [12] Richard Gasquet (France) vs [3] Andy Murray (Great Britain)
Not Before 7:00 pm
ATP – Feliciano Lopez (Spain) vs [2] Roger Federer (Switzerland)
Not Before 8:30 pm
WTA – Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (Russia) vs or [3] Simona Halep (Romania)
GRANDSTAND start 11:00 am
WTA – [1] Martina Hingis (Switzerland) / Sania Mirza (India) vs [WC] Christina McHale (USA) / Coco Vandeweghe (USA)
Not Before 12:30 pm
ATP – [Q] Alexandr Dolgopolov (Ukraine) vs [6] Tomas Berdych (Czech Republic)
Not Before 3:00 pm
WTA – [14] Elina Svitolina (Ukraine) vs [7] Lucie Safarova (Czech Republic)
Not Before 7:00 pm
WTA – Jelena Jankovic (Serbia) vs [Q] Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (Slovakia)
WTA – [4] Casey Dellacqua (Australia) / Yaroslava Shvedova (Kazakhstan) vs Chia-Jung Chuang (TPE) / Su-Wei Hsieh (Taipei)
STADIUM 3 start 11:00 am
ATP – [6] Marcin Matkowski (Poland) / Nenad Zimonjic (Serbia) vs [3] Jean-Julien Rojer (Netherlands) / Horia Tecau (Romania)
ATP – [5] Rohan Bopanna (India) / Florin Mergea (Romania) vs [2] Ivan Dodig (Croatia) / Marcelo Melo (BRA)
ATP MATCH
Not Before 4:00 pm
WTA – Hao-Ching Chan (Taipei) / Yung-Jan Chan (Taipei) vs Sara Errani (Italy) / Flavia Pennetta (Italy)
Not Before 2:30 pm
ATP – TBA – [1] Bob Bryan (USA) / Mike Bryan (USA) or Juan Sebastian Cabal (Colombia) / Robert Farah (Colombia) vs Daniel Nestor (Canada) / Edouard Roger-Vasselin (France)
Not Before 2:30 pm
ATP – TBA – Feliciano Lopez (Spain) / Max Mirnyi (Belarus) vs Leander Paes (India) / Stan Wawrinka (Switzerland)
NEWS AND NOTES
– Two more attendance records were set on Thursday. A new single-day record of 26,338 people were in attendance, surpassing the mark that had been set on Tuesday (25.898). In addition, a night session record was set with 12,557 people in attendance. This comes just two days after the single session attendance record of 14,380 was set with the Tuesday day session.

Roger Federer is through to his ninth quarterfinal here. The six-time champion is third for W&S Open quarterfinal appearances in the Open Era behind Stefan Edberg (11) and Michael Chang (10).

Alexandr Dolgopolov is the 11th men’s qualifier to reach the quarterfinals here in the Open Era, and the first since Dmitry Tursunov in 2013. He is bidding to be the third qualifier to reach the semifinals (David Wheaton in 1994, Rick Fagel in 1977).

Ivo Karlovic tied his own tournament record with 35 aces in his match against Stan Wawrinka. It marked the second time this week and third time overall he had hit that record amount.

Jelena Jankovic, the 2009 champion, is through to an Open Era record seventh quarterfinal in Cincinnati. Serena Williams is in second place with five quarterfinals here.

Anna Karolina Schmiedlova is the seventh women’s qualifier to reach the quarterfinals since the tournament returned in 2004, and the first since Akgul Amanmuradova in 2010. She is bidding to be the fifth qualifier to reach the semifinals, and the first since Amanmuradova and Petra Kvitova both did so in 2009.

Partial results from Thursday and Friday’s order of play follow the draws.
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Western & Southern Open – Results and Schedule

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RESULTS – Wednesday, August 19
ATP Main Draw Singles – Second Round

[1] N. Djokovic (SRB) d [LL] B. Paire (FRA) 75 62
[3] A. Murray (GBR) d [WC] M. Fish (USA) 64 76(1)
[5] S. Wawrinka (SUI) d B. Coric (CRO) 36 76(3) 63
[8] R. Nadal (ESP) d J. Chardy (FRA) 63 64
[12] R. Gasquet (FRA) d [Q] T. Kokkinakis (AUS) 76(5) 62
[13] D. Goffin (BEL) d F. Verdasco (ESP) 64 76(4)
[15] K. Anderson (RSA) d J. Sock (USA) 63 76(7)
J. Janowicz (POL) d [WC] J. Donaldson (USA) 64 76(4)
T. Robredo (ESP) d S. Querrey (USA) 61 57 63
F. Lopez (ESP) d A. Seppi (ITA) 76(6) 62

ATP Main Draw Doubles – First Round
Daniel Nestor (Canada) / Edouard Roger-Vasselin (France) d. [WC] Eric Butorac (USA) / Scott Lipsky (USA) 36 75 119
WTA Main Draw Singles – Second Round
[1] Serena Williams (USA) d. Tsvetana Pironkova (Bulgaria) 75 63
[3] Simona Halep (Romania) d. Kristina Mladenovic (France) 75 57 64
 Caroline Garcia (France) d. [4] Petra Kvitova (Czech Republic) 75 46 62
Victoria Azarenka (Belarus) d. [5] Caroline Wozniacki (Denmark) 60 64
[7] Lucie Safarova (Czech Republic) d. [WC] Coco Vandeweghe (USA) 64 75
[8] Karolina Pliskova (Czech Republic) d. [Q] Timea Babos (Hungary) 64 75
[14] Elina Svitolina (Ukraine) d. Eugenie Bouchard (Canada) 76(6) 75
[15] Andrea Petkovic (Germany) d. Camilia Giorgia (Italy) 57 63 63
Belinda Bencic (Switzerland) d. Flavia Pennetta (Italy) 61 64
Karin Knapp (Italy) d. Daria Gavrilova (Russia) 64 61
Varvara Lepchenko (USA) d. [LL] Mirjana Lucic-Baroni (Croatia) 75 64
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (Russia) d. [Q] Yaroslava Shvedova 26 63 62
Jelena Jankovic (Serbia) d. Madison Keys (USA) 76(4) 64
Sloane Stephens (USA) d. [Q] Mona Barthel (Germany) 36 76(1) 62
WTA Main Draw Doubles – Second Round
Chia-Jung Chuang (Taipei) / Su-Wei Hsieh (Taipei) d. [5] Raquel Kops-Jones (USA) / Anastasia Rodionova (Australia) 61 36 107
ORDER OF PLAY – Thursday, August 20
CENTER start 11:00 am
WTA – Belinda Bencic (Switzerland) vs [7] Lucie Safarova (Czech Republic)
ATP – [1] Novak Djokovic (Serbia) vs [13] David Goffin (Belgium)
Not Before 3:00 pm
WTA – [1] Serena Williams (USA) vs Karin Knapp (Italy)
7:00 pm
ATP-Possible Court Change – [8] Rafael Nadal (Spain) or Jeremy Chardy (France) vs Andreas Seppi (Italy) or Feliciano Lopez (Spain)
ATP – [15] Kevin Anderson (South Africa) vs [2] Roger Federer (Switzerland)
GRANDSTAND start 11:00 am
ATP – Ivo Karlovic (Croatia) vs [5] Stan Wawrinka (Switzerland)
Not Before 1:00 pm
WTA – [8] Karolina Pliskova (Czech Republic) vs Jelena Jankovic (Serbia)
ATP – [7] Marin Cilic (Croatia) vs [12] Richard Gasquet (France)
Not Before 7:00 pm
WTA – [4] Petra Kvitova (Czech Republic) or Caroline Garcia (France) vs [14] Elina Svitolina (Ukraine)
WTA – [15] Andrea Petkovic vs [3] Simona Halep (Romania)
STADIUM 3 start 11:00 am
ATP – [Q] Alexandr Dolgopolov (Ukraine) vs Jerzy Janowicz (Poland)
ATP – Tommy Robredo (Spain) vs [6] Tomas Berdych (Czech Republic)
Not Before 3:00 pm
WTA – Sloane Stephens (USA) vs [6] Ana Ivanovic (Serbia)
WTA – Victoria Azarenka (Belarus) vs Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (Russia)
Not Before 7:00 pm
ATP-Possible Court Change – [16] Grigor Dimitrov (Bulgaria) vs [WC] Mardy Fish (USA) or [3] Andy Murray (Great Britain)
ATP – [1] Bob Bryan (USA) / Mike Bryan (USA) vs Juan Sebastian Cabal (Colombia) / Robert Farah (Colombia)
COURT 9 start 11:00 am
ATP – Daniel Nestor (Canada) / Edouard Roger-Vasselin (France) vs [7] Jamie Murray (Great Britain) / John Peers (Australia)
WTA – [Q] Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (Slovakia) vs Varvara Lepchenko (USA)
[WC] Steve Johnson (USA) / Sam Querrey (USA) vs [2] Ivan Dodig (Croatia) / Marcelo Melo (Brazil)
WTA – Chia-Jung Chuang (Taipei) / Su-Wei Hsieh (Taipei) vs [2] Timea Babos (Hungary) / Kristina Mladenovic (France)
Not Before 5:00 pm
WTA-After Suitable Rest – Sara Errani (Italy) / Flavia Pennetta (Italy) vs [6] Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (Russia) / Lucie Safarova (Czech Republic)
COURT 4 start 11:00 am
ATP – [6] Marcin Matkowski (Poland) / Nenad Zimonjic (Serbia) vs Raven Klaasen (South Africa) / Rajeev Ram (USA)
Not Before 12:30 pm
[WC] Madison Keys (USA) / Lisa Raymond (USA) leads [WC] Christina Mchale (USA) / Coco Vandeweghe (USA) 21
WTA-After Suitable Rest – Jelena Jankovic (Serbia) / Elena Vesnina (Russia) leads Anabel Medina Garrigues (Spain) / Arantxa Parra Santonja (Spain) 75 54
Not Before 3:00 pm
ATP-TBA – [4] Simone Bolelli (Italy) / Fabio Fognini (Italy) vs Feliciano Lopez (Spain) / Max Mirnyi (Belarus)
COURT 10 start 11:00 am
ATP – [5] Rohan Bopanna (India) / Florin Mergea (Romania) vs Pierre-Huegues Herbert (France) / Nicolas Mahut (France)
Not Before 12:30 pm
WTA –  [4] Casey Dellacqua (Australia) / Yaraslava Shvedova (Kazakhstan) leads Michaella Krajicek (Netherlands) / Barbora Strycova (Czech Republic) 31
ATP – Alexander Peya (Austria) / Bruno Soares (Brazil) vs [3] Jean-Julien Rojer (Netherland) / Horia Tecau (Romania)
WTA-TBA – Jelena Jankovic (Serbia) / Elena Vesnina (Russia) or Anabel Medina Garrigues (Spain) / Arantxa Parra Santonja (Spain) vs Michaella Krajicek (Netherlands) / Barbora Strycova (Czech Republic) or [4] Casey Dellacqua (Australia) / Yaroslava Shvedova (Kazakhstan)
Not Before 3:00 pm
WTA-TBA – [3] Carolina Garcia (France) / Katarina Srebotnik (Slovakia) vs Hao-Ching Chan (Taipei) / Yung-Jan Chan (Taipei)
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What’s New at the 2015 US Open

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STEEL SUPERSTRUCTURE OVER ARTHUR ASHE STADIUM COMPLETE;

TECHNOLOGICALLY-INNOVATIVE FRAMEWORK WILL SUPPORT RETRACTABLE ROOF IN 2016; TO BE SHOWCASED IN NIGHTLY LIGHT SHOW FOR 2015

 

ESPN Exclusive Live Domestic Media Partner for the First Time; Coverage to Include new Camera Systems in Arthur Ashe Stadium

 

Complimentary Doubles Day for Fans on Thursday, September 10

 

From the USTA: White Plains, N.Y., August 19, 2015 – The USTA today announced a series of physical improvements, fan and player upgrades, and new sponsor activations will be unveiled at the 2015 US Open.  The main draw of the tournament begins on Monday, August 31 and concludes on Sunday, September 13, with qualifying starting on Tuesday, August 25 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

 

 

Strategic Transformation of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center

 

  • Roof Superstructure over Arthur Ashe Stadium

More than 6,000 tons of steel now surround Arthur Ashe Stadium in a technological first – constructing a stand-alone support system for a retractable roof over an existing stadium.  With the final piece of steel placed in late spring, the structure that ultimately will hold the retractable roof is now in place.  At the conclusion of the 2015 US Open, work will continue on the two retractable panels as well as the installation of a chilled water ventilation system to control humidity inside the stadium when the roof is closed, so that the retractable roof will be ready for the 2016 US Open.  When the roof becomes fully operational, it will be the largest of any tennis stadium in the world, with a 62,500 square foot opening.  Six thousand tons of steel form the superstructure, which contains 1,700 structural beams and 115,000 bolts.  A total of 176 steel and concrete-filled pilings, driven 180 feet below the surface, anchor the 24 steel columns which rise 150 feet above ground to support the superstructure.

  • Technological Upgrades Elevate In-Stadium Experience

The completion of the roof superstructure has allowed the USTA to upgrade all technologies within Arthur Ashe Stadium including the lights, sound and video boards.  In 2015, a total of four big screens (up from two) will be utilized in the stadium.  Additionally, an LED lighting system has replaced the former light towers, providing sharper, more energy-efficient lighting for competitive play.  Finally, a completely new sound system has been installed throughout the stadium taking advantage of the roof trusses and catwalks.

 

  • Grandstand Construction

Construction has begun on a new 8,000 seat Grandstand and a new food village in the southwest corner of the campus; both are slated to open in 2016.  The Grandstand will provide a one-of-a-kind fan viewing experience in a completely modern and state-of-the-art stadium setting.

 

  • West Stadium Courts and Practice Gallery

An immediate fan sensation in 2014, the West Stadium Courts and Practice Gallery will continue to be one of the most desirable fan areas in 2015.  With seating for more than 3,000, fans can watch tournament action, as well as the top seeds practicing.  The West Stadium Courts also will be the home of the second annual American Collegiate Invitational, which will take place from Thursday, September 10, through Saturday, September 12.

 

 

Fan Enhancements at the 2015 US Open

 

  • “Doubles On Us” at the US Open, Thursday, September 10

For the first time at the US Open, complimentary grounds admission will be offered to all fans who come during the day of the tournament’s second Thursday, September 10.  The day’s action will be filled with doubles play, including the Men’s Doubles Semifinals and Women’s Doubles Semifinals, as well as semifinal action in the Champions Invitational, a showcase of former Grand Slam tournament champions and finalists.  The free grounds admission also will enable fans to watch competition in the American Collegiate Invitational, featuring top American collegiate players, taking place on the West Stadium Courts. Also on that day’s slate, the world’s top boys and girls will be competing in the US Open Junior Championships; and top wheelchair athletes will see action in the US Open Wheelchair Tennis Competition.

 

  • Return to Traditional Grand Slam Schedule

For 2015, the US Open returns to a traditional 14-day Grand Slam tournament schedule, with the men’s first round being completed over two days rather than three.  The new schedule calls for the women’s singles semifinals to be played the evening of Thursday, September 10, and the men’s singles semifinals to be played on Friday, September 11.  Finals Weekend begins with the women’s singles championship on Saturday, September 12, and concludes with the men’s singles championship on Sunday, September 13.

 

  • US Open American Express Fan Experience

Now in its fifth year, the US Open American Express Fan Experience has been completely overhauled with new technological features. One of the new offerings is “You vs. Sharapova,” where virtual reality technology and computer generated images filmed with Sharapova allows fans to play a pro at the top of her game in this simulated game. Fans will be able to try their hand at returning Sharapova’s serves, volley against her and more. Also, with “Epic Matchup,” fans and their friends will be able to star in their very own shareable video simulating a rally from the baseline in Arthur Ashe Stadium.

 

  • Charging Stations presented by Chase

To help fans stay connected throughout the day, long-time partner Chase will be providing complimentary charging stations for phones and tablets throughout the grounds of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.  The stations will be located in a dedicated Chase booth near the Food Village, in the South Plaza, and on the Club Level of Arthur Ashe Stadium.

 

  • New Food Offerings

Lavazza coffee, Jacob’s Creek wines and Juice Press cold-pressed juices join the US Open as Official Suppliers.  They will be offering their products to fans on-site, and US Open-themed advertising will be visible in the New York metro area. Lavazza, the exclusive coffee of the US Open Tennis Championships, will be integrated into the on-site food and beverage experience. Attendees will have the opportunity to purchase Lavazza’s coffee drinks at the new Lavazza Cafés located in the food village and south plaza, as well as at the many restaurants, concessions and hospitality areas located throughout the grounds of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Jacob’s Creek, the Official Wine of the US Open, will feature its Two Lands product at the US Open.  The wines will be available to tennis fans at a number of on-site locations throughout the tournament.  Juice Press, a local favorite, will be on-site throughout the 2015 US Open selling a selection of their USDA certified organic bottled juices and smoothies to fans. Additionally, Juice Press will have the unique opportunity to serve product to players and their guests in the US Open Player Dining area.

 

  • Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day Presented by Hess

For the 20th consecutive year, Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day presented by Hess, the world’s biggest tennis and entertainment celebration kicks off the US Open on Saturday, August 29, airing  for the first time on the ESPN Network on Sunday, August 30 from 1:00 – 2:00 PM ET on ESPN2.  This celebration of Arthur Ashe and his legacy both on and off the court is hosted by fitness guru Shaun T, and features five former US Open champions including Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, and defending champions Marin Cilic and Serena Williams. Musical acts who join the ranks of past Kids’ Day featured artists such as Rihanna, Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Jonas Brothers and more, include: Bea Miller, Kalin and Myles, Jacob Whitesides, Natalie La Rose and American Authors.

 

  • US Open Entertainment

Internationally renowned singer-songwriter Josh Groban will perform at the Opening Night Ceremony in Arthur Ashe Stadium prior to the evening session on Monday, August 31.  Groban will be accompanied by 16 musicians and perform a medley from his recent release, “Stages.”  Following Groban’s performance, noted actress and performer Vanessa Williams will perform the National Anthem.  Her performance will be accompanied by honor guards representing the NYPD and FDNY.

 

  • Nightly Light Show

The USTA has installed new lighting trusses in each of the upper concourse entryways in order to conduct a nightly light show which will highlight the steel truss and catwalk system now surrounding Arthur Ashe Stadium.  The light show will take place between the two evening matches in concert with the performance of “America the Beautiful” by the USTA’s Casting Call winners.

 

  • Original Nine Celebration

USTA Chairman of the Board and President Katrina Adams will celebrate the “Original Nine,” the nine women responsible for helping to form the original professional women’s tennis tour, which ultimately evolved into the WTA as we know it today. The celebration will include a special video tribute as well as on-court recognition of these athletic pioneers.

 

 

US Open Television

 

  • ESPN – New Partnership

This is the first year that ESPN will be the exclusive live domestic media partner of the US Open.  Over the course of the 2015 US Open, ESPN and ESPN2 will combine to air more than 130 hours of live match play with more than 1,100 hours of first-to-last ball coverage to be seen on ESPN3, which also will be available on the US Open official website — usopen.org.  ESPN will enhance its coverage with a host of cutting-edge camera systems in Arthur Ashe Stadium, including the return of Spider-Cam (to be used for the first time during the entire tournament), a new rail-cam contained within the southern baseline wall and freeD™ replay technology for the first time at a Grand Slam event.

 

  • Increased Coverage — 11 Courts

In an expansion of its prior US Open coverage, ESPN will feature play from 11 courts (up from seven last year). New TV courts this year include courts 4, 6, 7, and 10, which will be available for viewing over the first five days of the tournament.

 

  • Comprehensive Schedule

ESPN will kick off its US Open coverage on Sunday, August 30 with Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day presented by Hess at 1:00pm and live SportsCenter at the US Open at 2:00pm ET — both on ESPN2.  Daily coverage commences on Monday, August 31 at 11:00am on ESPN3, 1:00pm on ESPN and 6:00pm on ESPN2 (all times Eastern).  In addition, ESPN2 will deliver wall-to-wall coverage of Labor Day weekend from 11:00am – 11:00pm each day.  Finals Weekend will culminate with the men’s singles final returning to its traditional Sunday (September 13) afternoon timeslot and the women’s singles final on Saturday (September 12) afternoon — both finals will air on ESPN.  The men’s singles semifinals will take place on Friday (September 11) afternoon, with the women’s singles semifinals scheduled for primetime on the second Thursday (September 10) night of the tournament — also on ESPN.

 

 

US Open Digital/Social

 

  • Live Streaming

USOpen.org will be utilizing ESPN3 for live streaming, with more than 1,100 hours of live streaming of all TV courts on ESPN3 and through the US Open app – providing a “digital grounds pass” for tennis fans.

 

  • US Open Live Show

Fans can tune in to USOpen.org every morning at 10:45AM EST to “Inside the Baseline,” presented by IBM for a look ahead to all the day’s matches and tune in each evening at 7:00PM EST to “Beyond the Baseline,” presented by Westin Hotels & Resorts for an inside look at  what goes on behind the scenes at the US Open. Fans in attendance at  the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center can stop by the Baseline Stage each morning and evening for the live taping.

 

  • Open Access

Open Access is a new fan enhancement available for all US Open patrons, allowing them streamlined access to various activation points around the grounds of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. The Open Access program allows fans to register to participate in activities ranging from customized photo opportunities to interactive games. Fans will receive a QR code that they will be able to scan at each location, and will receive an email with access to their own personal webpage that will showcase their US Open experience.  Just for signing up for Open Access, all fans are entered to win tickets to the 2016 US Open men’s or women’s finals, and the more they scan their QR code on site, the more chances they have to win a US Open Ultimate Fan Pack.

 

  • Twitter Mirror

For the first time, US Open fans can enjoy behind-the-scenes photos & GIFs from a new, mobile version of the Twitter Mirror. Numerous versions of the product — from handheld Mirrors to a stationary stand — will capture exclusive content of players & celebrities on-site throughout the tournament.

 

  • US Open Streak Challenge

Fans can play along with the US Open Streak Challenge presented by Esurance and test their US Open tennis knowledge with two questions every day about players, matches and tournament stats.  Keep answering correctly and fans will add to their streak and move up the leaderboard.

 

  • Bloggers/Influencers

To further engage multi-cultural audiences, the USTA has partnered with five diverse bloggers and social media influencers to showcase the US Open from their own unique perspective to their respective social followings, providing special editorial content and imagery, while also extending a special ticket offer to invite these audiences to experience the US Open on their own.  These influencers include Fashion Bomb Daily, Jacob Santiago, Black and Married with Kids, Kyrzada, and Street Etiquette.

 

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