Today is the day. All eyes are in New York as the US Open begins. Names like Stan Wawrinka, Venus Williams, Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic, Maria Sharapova and many more will compete to win the fourth and last tennis major comprising the Grand Slam. The other three tournaments are the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon. The US Open is held annually in late August and early September over a two-week period. The main tournament consists of five event championships: men’s and women’s singles, men’s and women’s doubles and mixed doubles, with additional tournaments for senior, junior, and wheelchair players.
This year, the opening ceremony to kick off the tournament will take place on Monday, August 25, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at the Arthur Ashe Stadium at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Tennis legends John McEnroe and Martina Navratilova will join US Open Chairman and USTA President Dave Haggerty, while celebrating the 30-year anniversary of their 1984 US Open singles titles. They will kick off the ceremony and will give the court to Fitz and the Tantrums, who are headlining the event with their musical act.
Fitz and the Tantrums reached No. 1 on the Billboard alternative charts and sold more than 500,000 copies of their hit singles “Out of My League” and “The Walker,” and will perform a three-song set while a video and light show, projecting classic US Open moments, will play during the performance. An immersive video and light show, complete with projections of classic US Open moments, will surround the band during the performance.
After their set, BeBe, Marvin and Carvin Winans will take the stage for a memorable rendition of the national anthem.
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