BY LUIS GRONDA
In what they hope will become an annual event in Queens, Tennis New York and the United States Tennis Association will host the inaugural New York Open tournament this summer at the historic West Side Tennis Club in Forest Hills.
The tournament will be held July 4-7, which coincides with the 100th anniversary of the stadium’s opening. It is most known for hosting the U.S Open in the late 1960s and 70s.
Dale Caldwell, president and CEO of Tennis New York, which hosts tournaments nationwide, said that the reasoning to have the tournament is two-fold: first, because there had been no open tournaments in New York other than the U.S Open and second, because they wanted to celebrate the history of the stadium where famous tennis players like John McEnroe, Bjorn Borg and Billie Jean King competed.
“We would be celebrating the history of the tennis stadium while creating new memories at the same time,” Caldwell said. “There’s no better place to have this tournament than in Forest Hills.”
The tournament will be open to the public, including New York City residents and abroad, but you must be selected to play in the games.
Selection will be based on a players pro ranking and winners from various Parks tournaments held throughout the City, according to a Tennis New York spokesperson.
The tournament will have men’s and women’s singles, doubles and mixed doubles. Matches will be played on the Tennis Center’s four courts and, although it has not been determined how big the tournament will be, it will most likely be a 16 or 32-player draw, the spokesperson said.
Caldwell said that they plan on making the Open a yearly event and hope that people will think of this tournament as the beginning of summer, while the U.S Open signals the end of summer.
“We know that many like to travel during that time of year,” he said, referring to the tournament being held on Fourth of July weekend, “but we are hoping to make this a destination for people to go to.”
Other details of the tournament like how much ticket prices will be and what the winner of the tournament will get have also not been determined, but that will be announced in the near future, the spokesperson said.
The application for the tournament has not been posted yet, but it will soon be available on foresthillstennis.com and tennisnewyork.com.
Reach Reporter Luis Gronda at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 127 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.