By: Valerie Milano
Queens, New York (The Hollywood Times) August 26, 2014 – Tennis has made its way to Queens, New York at the Arthur Ashe Stadium for the US Open and some celebrities where on hand to celebrate opening night. The US Open Suite was sponsored by Moët & Chandon.
There were golden goblets of Moët champagne for the celebs to sip on and mini macaroons and lobster rolls for appetizers. To some, it must have seemed like old home week, because Victoria’s Angels Karlie Kloss and Shanina Shaik reunited, Josh Lucas and director Paul Haggis devised ways to collaborate, and Analeigh Tipton and Jake McDorman shared stories from past collaborations on the set of their new ABC romantic comedy series show, “Manhattan Love Story.”
Celebrity guest included: Director Paul Haggis & model Ojy Okpe, Josh Lucas & model Sloveig Mork, Kelly Bensimon, Karlie Kloss & boyfriend Josh Kushner, Analeigh Tipton and costar Josh McDorman, model/Victoria Secret Angel Shanina Shaik, designer Eli Mizrahi and tennis legend Boris Becker.
Everyone that gathered in the Moët & Chandon’s exclusive suite celebrated dominating performances from Maria Sharapova and Novak Djokovic, who each took their first round matches in straight sets.
About US Open
The United States Open Tennis Championships is a hardcourt tennis tournament which is the modern iteration of one of the oldest tennis championships in the world, the U.S. National Championship, for which men’s singles was first contested in 1881. Since 1987, the US Open has been chronologically the fourth and final tennis major comprising the Grand Slam each year; the other three 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. Since 1978, the tournament has been played on acrylic hard courts at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center at New York City, New York, United States. The US Open is owned and organized by the USTA. Net proceeds from ticket sales are used to promote the development of tennis in the United States as the USTA is a not-for-profit organization.
The main court is located at the 22,547-seat Arthur Ashe Stadium, opened in 1997. It is named after Arthur Ashe, the African American tennis player who won the men’s final of the inaugural US Open in 1968. The next largest court is the Louis Armstrong Stadium, opened in 1978, extensively renovated from the original Singer Bowl. It was the main stadium from 1978 to 1996, and its peak capacity neared 18,000 seats, but was reduced to 10,200 after the opening of Arthur Ashe Stadium. The third largest court is the 6,000-seat Grandstand Stadium, attached to the Louis Armstrong Stadium. In 2011, Court 17 was opened as a fourth show court, with large television screens and electronic line calling which allows player challenges. Sunken into the ground, it has been nicknamed “The Pit”. It initially held 2,500 with temporary stands, but will allow over 3,000 fans after its completion in 2012. It is located in the southwest corner of the grounds. Sidecourts 4, 7, and 11 each have a seating capacity of over 1,000.
The USTA National Tennis Center was renamed in honor of four-time tournament champion and tennis pioneer Billie Jean King during the 2006 US Open. (Wikipedia)
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