The U.S. Tennis Association has announced the opening night program for the US Open on Aug. 25, while defending US Open champ Rafael Nadal said Mondayhe has dropped out of the competition due to a wrist injury.
The opening night ceremony entertainment will include Fitz and the Tantrums performing a three-song set and will be surrounded by a video and lighting spectacle with projections of great US Open moments.The national anthem will be performed by the three Winans brothers, BeBe, Marvin and Carvin.
A special appearance will feature Tennis Hall of Famers John McEnroe and Martina Navratilova, who both won US Open singles titles in 1984.
Favored to win the men’s title now that Nadal has dropped out are Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic.
Djokovic has reached the last four US Open men’s finals, winning the title in 2011 and won his seventh Grand Slam singles title at Wimbledon this summer.
Federer is a 17-time major champion who pushed Djokovic to five sets at Wimbledon.
The US Open begins Monday and runs through Sept. 8 at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows Park.