for breaking news visit www.qns.com SEPTEMBER 8, 2016 • The CourieR SUN 43 sports Raising the roof on Opening Night at the U.S. Open Opening Night at the U.S. Open always provides something special, but this year’s version was one for the ages, as it marked Arthur Ashe Stadium’s first year under a retractable roof. Numerous celebrities including tennis legend Billie Jean King, Alec Baldwin, Anna Wintour and Mike Tyson were among those on hand for the celebration, which included a concert featuring Phil Collins. Former Mayor David Dinkins was also in the stands, and current Mayor Bill de Blasio — despite being greeted with a chorus of boos — helped officially kick off the festivities for the fourth and final major tennis tournament of 2016. After the opening ceremony, the crowd at Arthur Ashe got to see Novak Djokovic begin his defense of his men’s title with a fourset opening round victory. Other winners on Day 1 on the Arthur Ashe court included Rafael Nadal, Madison Keys, Roberta Vinci and Angelique Kerber. PHO TOS BY DOMINICK TOTINO PHO TOGRAPHY It’s Queens Day at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center The “World’s Borough” was celebrated in style during “Queens Day” hosted by the U.S. Tennis Association on Aug. 24 at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. The day of festivities included an array of Queensbased performers, exhibitions and family activities, as well as match play on the second day of the U.S. Open’s Qualifying Round. The Queens Economic Development Corporation and the Queens Chamber of Commerce also opened a kiosk to provide residents with information about Queens businesses. Marin Cilic, the 2014 U.S. Open champion, and Christina McHale held a youth tennis clinic in partnership with the Flushing YMCA and Elmcor Youth and Adult Activities Community Center. Local cultural institutions such as the Queens Zoo, Queens Museum, Queens Theatre in the Park, the Louis Armstrong House Museum and the New York Hall of Science also hosted exhibits.
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