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US Open kicks off with fan activity week

US Open kicks off with fan activity week

The United States Open on Monday kicked off this year’s tournament with the start of qualifying matches and a full week with various activities aimed at fans of this sport.

In total, 128 men and 128 women compete from Monday to Friday of this week to close the 16 positions of the main draw of the competition and then win the Open trophy that in total will distribute 3.5 million dollars in prizes.

The final phase of the US Open will run from August 26 to September 8.

Among the big stars that will attend the tournament are the current champion and number one of the ATP, Novak Djokovic, who has just won the Wimbledon title this year, in addition to Roger Federer, Serena Williams, Rafael Nadal, Alexander Zverev, Stan Wawrinka, Nick Kyrgios, Simona Halep, Naomi Osaka, and Angelique Kerber.

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Among the most notable absences are those of Argentine Juan Martin del Potro, who was excluded due to a knee injury, and Andy Murray, who preferred to continue to focus on his rehabilitation and participate in minor tournaments.

This week, fans will be able to witness matches of former tennis figures such as John McEnroe against Jim Courier, Andy Roddick against James Blake, or a women’s doubles match between Martina Navratilova-Tracy Austin against Lindsay Davenport-Arantxa Sánchez Vicario.

To these meetings, based at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, fans will have free access and will also be able to observe various training sessions of important players.

Also, every night of the week there will be musical performances starring Broadway stars, leading R&B figures or well-known DJs.

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The great evening, however, will be this Thursday when a special LGTBI Pride night will be held, “LOVE ALL- An Open Conversation”, in which former athletes will talk about the role that sport and, especially tennis, have played in the non-heterosexual community.

That same day, a few hours before, the draw ceremony will take place, which will be attended by the winners of last year’s US Open, Serbian Novak Djokovic and Japanese Naomi Osaka.

This year, the contest has decided to pay tribute to Althea Gibson, who in 1957 became the first African-American to win the championship, with the inauguration of a statue of the tennis player created by the sculptor Eric Goulder and that will be located in front of the Arthur Stadium Ashe.

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The enormous influence of the athlete Billie Jean King will also be remembered, with a photography exhibition consisting of snapshots that reflect her achievements and her activism at the New York Historical Society.

Other forms of entertainment for lovers of the US Open are an area where children can practice all kinds of sports in which it is about empowering future generations, interactive activities that merge tennis with the city of New York or augmented reality experiences.

This is the second year that the US Open has at its Billie Jean King sports complex the Louis Armstrong Stadium, with space for 14,000 people and a retractable roof to avoid the rain after an extensive refurbishment during a five-year period that cost 600 million of dollars. EFE

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