BY JON CRONIN
In the midst of Forest Hills Stadium’s summer of dream musical acts, the stadium announced that it is once again hosting professional tennis matches.
The stadium was for decades the host of the Davis Cup and the U.S. Open. It was graced with the athletic prowess of tennis greats like Billie Jean King, John McEnroe, Jimmy Connors, and Arthur Ashe.
Now the New York Empire, a tennis team, has made Forest Hills Stadium their home base. They are a part of the Mylan World Tennis League, which was co-founded by Billie Jean King and is now in their 41st year.
The league’s format features two men and two women on a team with five sets played each night. Each night will feature one set each of men’s singles, women’s singles, men’s doubles, women’s doubles, and mixed doubles. Whoever wins the most out of the five sets wins the match.
The Empire’s first game was on July 31 and they will continue playing at the stadium until Aug. 12. According to a Forest Hills Stadium website, “There is an electric atmosphere at each match unlike any other tennis event you have ever attended – we encourage cheering for your hometown team, we have pre-match activities, contests on-court, and world-class tennis in an intimate stadium.”
The top two teams in the Mylan World Tennis League will play each other at the yet to be determined location in New York.
The stadium will allow all fans under age 16 to come on the court at the end of each game and get their favorite player’s autograph.
The West End Tennis Club, the stadium’s home, opened in Forest Hills in 1912 and began hosting the U.S. Open in 1915.
The Open was moved to Flushing Meadows in 1978 after the 15,000 seat became too small for the growing competition’s popularity.
Reach Editor Jon Cronin at 718-357-7400 x125, firstname.lastname@example.org, or @JonathanSCronin.