September 2019

Bianca Andreescu Wins the U.S. Open, Defeating Serena Williams

If you have been considering active visualization, this seems a fine time to start.

The technique certainly has worked wonders for Bianca Andreescu, a 19-year-old Canadian tennis player, who for years has been closing her eyes and envisioning herself winning the United States Open against Serena Williams.

On Saturday afternoon, with her eyes wide open and her shots so often bold and true, Andreescu went out and did just that.

“For it to become a reality is so crazy,” Andreescu said, breaking down in tears in her post-match news conference. “I guess these visualizations, really, really work.”

Her remarkable 6-3, 7-5 victory, which capped her first appearance in the U.S. Open, thwarted the 37-year-old Williams’s latest attempt to match Margaret Court’s record of 24 major singles titles.

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Celebrities at the 2019 US Open: See the Stars Holding Court at Courtside

Wimbledon may have all of those princes and princesses, dukes and duchesses, but the U.S. Open is played in Queens—and every year the stands fill up with celebrity royalty.

In the opening week of the final Grand Slam of the season, stars from sports, movies, television, modeling and other galaxies came to the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center to see which of the Big Three will take home the men’s title. (Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have won the last 11 majors and an astonishing 54 out of 65 since Wimbledon in 2003.) And all three champions looked invincible in their opening round matches.

On the women’s side, Serena Williams remains the queen of Queens to fans—model Gigi Hadid came out to watch her play a second-round match—but a new generation of players, including Coco Gauff and defending champion Naomi Osaka, also fired up the New York crowd.

Among the celebrities who came out for the tournament’s opening night gala were Hilaria and Alec Baldwin, Spike Lee, Katie Couric, Rita Moreno, and Robin Roberts. Entertaining the crowd on Monday were Tony Award-winner Ben Platt (Dear Evan Hansen) and Ali Stroker, who won a Tony this year for Oklahoma!, sang the national anthem.

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August 2019

Gigi Hadid Proves She’s a Perfect Fan at the 2019 U.S. Open

As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words—just look at this one of Gigi Hadid at the 2019 U.S. Open 

The supermodel was snapped in the stands at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York City, visibly very enthusiastic as she watched her famous friend Serena Williams compete against Katy McNally. The tennis legend ended up winning the headline-making match on Wednesday inside Arthur Ashe Stadium—perhaps spurring this very candid reaction from the catwalk pro. After all, things had been tense. “Only my queen @serenawilliams can have me this wired at midnight,” Hadid wrote on Instagram about the nail-biting game. 

With the annual tournament officially underway again, the stars have flocked to Queens in New York to see the exciting games unfold. 

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August 2019

U.S. Open ‘Fan Week’ events, from free music to pride panel

For one week, the grounds of the U.S. Open belong to the fans.

From Monday through Sunday, the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park will host free music, food and other activities, along with a chance to catch some of the top tennis players in the world warming up for the Grand Slam event.

“The U.S. Open is our biggest opportunity to bring tennis to the masses — to give people the opportunity to see this sport up close and personal,” said USTA spokesman Brendan McIntyre.

For years, it was a well-known secret shared by die-hard tennis fans: You can catch qualifying matches and roam the grounds without a ticket the week before the tournament started. But now, the USTA has embraced the week and christened it “Fan Week.”

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August 2019

US Open tennis 2019: All the cool, free Fan Week fun

This week, you can head to Queens for a slew of free programming, from a photo show to happy hours accompanied by DJ sets. And, if you want, you can see Serena Williams, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal practice their tennis swings — again, for free.

It’s all part of Fan Week at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, a weeklong festival that kicks off the US Open tennis championship, beginning Aug. 26.

The festival’s events include matches at the Open’s Qualifying Tournament, in which up-and-coming players duke it out from Monday to Friday between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. for a chance to compete.

You’ll catch Williams and other top-notch players practicing their serves and backhands in the Grandstand court from Tuesday to Friday between 10:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Visit USOpen.org for a schedule of practices and players vying in the qualifying tournament.

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August 2019

Ben Platt, Ali Stroker, Adrienne Warren, and More to Perform at 2019 US Open Tennis Tournament

Broadway goes to Flushing Meadows as Tony Award winner Ben Platt (Dear Evan Hansen), Tony winner Ali Stroker (Oklahoma!), and Tony nominee Adrienne Warren (Tina: The Tina Turner Musical) perform during the 2019 US Open Tennis Tournament.

On August 26, Platt headlines the Opening Night Ceremony in Arthur Ashe Stadium at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens. Following his performance, Stroker will sing the National Anthem. At the conclusion of the fortnight of tennis, Warren will sing “America the Beautiful” preceding the women’s singles final. She will be joined be an all-female honor guard of cadets from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point unfurling the American flag.

Additional talent will be announced.

US Open Fan Week begins August 19. Chase Sound Check concerts will be held on the stage outside Arthur Ashe August 21–23 offering free live music. Heineken Happy Hour will welcome nightly DJs August 20–23. Performers include LANY, Brett Eldredge, and Leon Bridges, with DJs Nikki Kynard, COCO AND BREEZY, and MAAD.

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July 2019

The Shed at Hudson Yards unveiled in New York

Thomas Heatherwick’s Vessel may be the most visually expressive piece in Hudson Yards, but the opening of The Shed – a new cultural organisation dedicated to commissioning and developing original works of art across all disciplines and for all audiences – promises to be the most impactful. Its highly anticipated arrival this week not only puts its vibrant, opening programme of musical performances and art in the spotlight, but also gives visitors the chance to finally experience its innovative, adaptable building, designed by lead architect Diller Scofidio + Renfro and collaborating architect Rockwell Group, in the flesh.
 
In development since 2008, Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Rockwell Group’s design for The Shed is a 200,000 sq ft structure that can physically transform to suit and support the needs of the artists. The eight-level building comprises two levels of gallery space, a theatre, a creative lab for local artists, a rehearsal space and an event space, all anchored by a 17,000 sq ft courtyard space (known as The McCourt), suited for large-scale performances, events and installations. These can be both indoors or outdoors, depending on whether the building’s telescoping outer shell is retracted or not. Made possible by its exposed steel diagrid frame that is moved by a kinetic system inspired by gantry cranes found in shipping ports and railway systems, the movable shell rests on large bogie wheel assemblies that only requires 180 horsepower (a Toyota Prius uses 134 horsepower) to deploy.

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June 2019

Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic: Jennifer Lawrence, Emily Ratajkowski and Julianne Moore kick off summer in style

Socialites, celebrities and influencers decamped en masse across the Hudson River to attend the 12th annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic at Liberty State Park in New Jersey.

Guests arrived off ferries from lower Manhattan and were greeted with the perfect thirst quencher of Veuve Clicquot champagne, which has sponsored the event since 2008.  

Ryan Jamaal Swain, from the TV show Pose, kicked off the festivities with a melodious rendition of the star spangled banner, and actress Julianne Moore was honored with the ceremonial ball toss to start the match. Jennifer Lawrence looked every inch the bride to be in a blush dress and engagement ring that sparkled just like the champagne. Nicky Hilton, bedecked in a polka dot Oscar de La Renta trench dress, held court in the VIP Tent, while models including Coco Rocha and Emily Ratajowski soaked up the atmosphere.

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