You can see them for miles around.
Two massive cranes, one on each side of Arthur Ashe Stadium within the National Tennis Center in Flushing, have become seemingly permanent parts of the skyline in recent weeks.
Douglaston native Patrick McEnroe announced that he was stepping down as general manager of player development for the United States Tennis Association last week. Patrick, the younger brother of tennis legend John McEnroe, had a decent professional career and served tennis as a CBS sportscaster and Davis Cup captain before becoming in charge of discovering and nurturing American tennis talent.
The official reason given was that McEnroe did not want to relocate from New York City to Orlando, where the USTA will open a state-of-art training center in 2016. But it is impossible to ignore the fact that the state of American professional tennis, Serena Williams obviously excluded, is dismal. Six days after the Open got underway there wasn’t a single American in the men’s or women’s singles brackets left who wasn’t named Serena Williams. One has to believe USTA executives were not pleased.
CBS has been broadcasting the US Open ever since its inception in 1968 at the West Side Tennis Club in Forest Hills. The men’s final, which will take place Monday at 5 p.m. at Arthur Ashe Stadium, will mark the end of CBS’s broadcast rights for the Open. The Tiffany Network, which usually goes all out to retain its heritage sports properties, decided that it did not want to match ESPN’s very high bid for exclusive rights.
Aside from cost, CBS executives were concerned about the lack of success for Americans at the Open who are not named Serena Williams. The failure of American men and women to even make it to Labor Day at the Open (Serena aside), as was the case again this year, has hurt ratings.
Last weekend was the sweltering midpoint of the annual US Open at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows Park. Despite soaring temperatures and a rain delay, action continued on the courts with many familiar faces heading to the quarter- and semifinals. A rain delay on Sunday affected play by the men. Meanwhile, the USTA has plans to construct a moveable roof to prevent that from happening in a few years. The two-week event ends Monday, Sept. 8, with the men’s and women’s singles winners to be given their awards. — Liz Rhoades
Last weekend was the sweltering midpoint of the annual US Open at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows Park.
Despite soaring temperatures and a rain delay, action continued on the courts with many familiar faces heading to the quarter- and semifinals.
While the US Open formally got underway Monday morning, in actuality the action really began a week earlier with the qualifying matches for the precious few wild card spots on both the men’s and women’s sides.
Frankly, the BJK National Tennis Center used to be a ghost town for the qualifiers, but word has gotten out that it’s the best sports bargain in the world, as some of the top players compete with a ton of pressure on them and it’s free to the public. The CBS Sports Network broadcast many of the matches live.
The USTA announced this week that country superstar Hunter Hayes, breakout duo MKTO, girl group McCLAIN, British pop rock band The Vamps, teen sensation Madison Beer and EDM prodigy DJ Salerno will team up with tennis icons Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal at the 19th Annual Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day on Saturday, Aug. 23 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows Park.
From 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., kids and their families can enjoy an array of free tennis games, live music and attractions taking place throughout the grounds of the tennis center.
The United States Tennis Association Eastern and City Parks Foundation teamed up for the Battle of the Boroughs Tennis Challenge finals on July 12 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
Queens players Ayako Minatodani, left, Justin Gonzales, Mehves Kocak, Peter Toshev, Aday Stamenova and Damian Bendersky, played the Prospect Park Team from Brooklyn, the Frederick Johnson Playground Team from Manhattan, the Crotona Park Team from the Bronx and the Silver Lake Park Team from Staten Island.
The United States Tennis Association, which runs the US Open Tennis Championships, announced that it is hosting the fourth annual US Open job fair on Wednesday, July 9 and Thursday, July 10.
The US Open job fair will be held each day at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows Park from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Here’s your chance to be on the court with Rafael Nadal or Maria Sharapova.
The United States Tennis Association is looking for guys and gals who want to be ballpersons at this year’s US Open.
One focus of the 1964-65 World’s Fair at Flushing Meadows was art. Fairgoers could see paintings by Goya and Michelangelo’s famous “Pieta.” But a few of the artworks specifically designed for the fair were controversial, and some of them remain there today.
Five sculptors were commissioned to create works that would stay in the park after the fair ended. They were Theodore Roszak, Paul Manship, Marshall Fredericks, Jose de Rivera and Donald De Lue.
On the surface, there appear to be only a few relics left from the 1964-65 World’s Fair at Flushing Meadows, but look a little deeper and there is quite a bit more — if you know where to search.
The 12-story-high Unisphere and neglected New York State Pavilion are the two most visible reminders of the fair, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this month. Part of that pavilion was the circular Theaterama, which several years ago was transformed as the Queens Theatre.
The Unisphere was the central hub of the 1964-65 World’s Fair at Flushing Meadows. Behind it is the U.S. Pavilion and Shea Stadium. To the right rear is the Singer Bowl, now the USTA’s Louis Armstrong Stadium.
Area youngsters get a tennis lesson and set a record for the most participants during a session at the U.S. Tennis Association’s celebration of World Tennis Day at Flushing Meadows Park.
It was shortly before 10 a.m. Sunday that a new Guinness World Record was set when the United States Tennis Association brought together 406 youngsters from various local youth organizations for the “largest tennis lesson” in history.
It took place inside the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center at Flushing Meadows Park, kicking off the celebration of World Tennis Day and thousands of USTA Play Events throughout the month of March. They are intended to encourage families and children to give the sport a try.
In Western Queens, 2013 was the year of development and affordable housing. Willets Point, Hallets Point, Hunters Point and 5Pointz became names commonly thrown around by politicians, community boards and civic groups throughout the area. There wasn’t a month that didn’t go by when residents, electeds and developers went head to head on major development projects, illegal apartments, a massive soccer stadium plan or even the possible closing of their neighborhood movie theater.
From the perspective of many north and northeast Queens residents, 2013 was a good year for developers and not so great for the average citizen, who had to put up with increased airplane noise, overcrowded schools and more from College Point to Little Neck.
Like any year, 2013 brought many changes, but the overriding story here is Flushing Meadows Park, which has been bombarded on all fronts with some unpopular projects as the New York State Pavilion from the 1964 World’s Fair continues to suffer from neglect.
Construction of a new, state-of-the-art retractable roof planned for Arthur Ashe Stadium as well as other extensive renovations at the US Open venue will begin early next year.
The proposed remodeling of the US Open site primarily focuses on the addition of a $100 million retractable roof for Arthur Ashe Stadium, funded by the United States Tennis Association, as well as the construction of a new Grandstand Stadium across the tennis center.
Gov. Cuomo signed off on legislation that seals the deal for the United States Tennis Association expansion at Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
The governor touted the creation of 1,500 construction and full-time jobs in his approval.
Ray and Maggie Dimmock hail from London, the home of Wimbledon, tennisí most prestigious tournament and most coveted title.
ìBut the US Open is the best value of all the Grand Slam events,î Maggie Dimmock said last Thursday, seated in the Grandstand just off of Louis Armstrong Stadium. ìIncluding Wimbledon.î
Reigning US Open Women’s champion Serena Williams, top, signed autographs for young admirers on Aug. 22 at the USTA National Tennis Center.
First lady Michelle Obama greets the crowd during Kids’ Day on Saturday at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.
The USTA’s 2018 vision of the tennis center with a retractable roof on Arthur Ashe Stadium, in the background, plus one on the rebuilt Louis Armstrong Stadium, foreground.
Officials from the U.S. Tennis Association are making sure it doesn’t rain on their parade in the future with the announcement last week that a retractable roof will be built over Arthur Ashe Stadium.
During a Manhattan press conference last Thursday, Dave Haggerty, USTA chairman, CEO and president, revealed that a $100 million roof, covered with a translucent teflon-coated fabric over a steel frame will be supported by eight steel columns and is expected to be ready for the 2017 US Open.