It was an ominous beginning for the season’s final grand slam. Aftershocks from the 5.8 earthquake that hit the east coast last week rattled some U.S. Open tennis players prepping for the big tourney. It also prompted NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg to quip “Who knew we lived near a fault? Luckily it wasn’t a double fault.” LOL
When Hurricane Irene bore down on the Northeast last Sunday, Mother Nature looked to be as much a contender as the seeded players. Tournament officials took the unprecedented step of canceling Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day on Saturday and closing the Billie Jean King Tennis Center on Sunday, preventing the customary pre-event practice sessions and interviews.
Neither an earthquake nor Irene can keep tennis fans from flocking to New York’s National Tennis Center however. The U.S. Open is always one of the best attended sports events attracting celebrities, fashionistas and an assortment of rich and famous.