BY: Liliana Rocio, Senior Editor for World Liberty TV
Tuesday, Aug. 23 through Sunday, Aug. 28. US Open Fan Week is back with more tennis stars, more excitement, and more access! From Tuesday, August 23 through Sunday, August 28 the grounds are free and open to the public. Come enjoy the US Open Qualifying Tournament, see top players up close and participate in a variety of curated fan events below! For more access on the grounds.
Register for a free Fan Access Pass! This digital pass will grant you admission into the Arthur Ashe Stadium Experience, Media Day, a special seating section for Featured Practices and the Legends Match as well as the ability to win prizes on the grounds.
“I’m feeling like a real New Yorker these days.” — Stefanos Tsitsipas
“I think the message is nothing is impossible and dreams do come true. I think doing it here in New York was even greater because New York is where all dreams do come true, where you feel like big things happen.” — Leylah Fernandez reflecting on her run to the 2021 US Open final at 18
“I was shocked in the end that he did it!” — Elena Rybakina, whose coach, Stefano Vukov, had her name tattooed on his arm after she won Wimbledon, making good on a bet they made two years ago.
“Growing up, I never thought that I was different because the No. 1 player in the world was somebody who looked like me.” — Coco Gauff on Serena Williams
“It’s still pretty surreal when I see her. I still feel like I’m just a kid who’s watching. I’ve watched her my whole life.” — world No. 1 Iga Swiatek on Serena Williams
“She’s an icon. She’s a legend. She has done so much for the sport, not only for tennis players, but for women in general. She’s fought for us. She’s done incredible things. It’s a little sad to see her leave the sport.
But she’s set out a good path for all of the WTA players, even the ATP players, to reach their own goals, voice their thoughts, keep fighting for what they believe in. I think it’s a great way to leave the sport.” — Leylah Fernandez on Serena Williams.
“I think of her as an athlete, not just as a tennis player. She’s been one of the most important athletes in the history of sports.” — Rafael Nadal on Serena Williams
“Serena has achieved so much in the game. To be playing for this long, I think it’s really inspiring. It just shows her drive. It’s quite incredible how dominating she’s been for the majority of her career.” — Emma Raducanu on Serena Williams
“She’s always going to be considered the GOAT. She didn’t dominate one generation. She didn’t dominate for two generations. She dominated for three-plus generations. I don’t think anybody else did that.” — Coco Gauff on Serena Williams.
A cornerstone event of US Open Fan Week for nearly 30 years, Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day powered by Net Generation returned to the US Open for the first time since 2019 on Saturday and brought the sunshine, smiles and spirit.
Tennis champion Arthur Ashe firmly believed that tennis could teach life skills including humanitarianism, leadership and academic excellence, and day-long, free festival honors his legacy by introducing the sport of tennis to kids at no cost. In addition to on-court tennis activities, Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day also features entertainment for all ages like storytelling, balloon animal and face painting.
As we write this article Serena Williams has won here tennis match in the 1st round by beating D. Kovinić by the scores of 6-3 6-3. Serena had said this will be her last tennis matches at the US Open 2022, win or lose she will retire. I had a pleasure of meet and interviewing Serena on a couple of times and also showcasing her S Clothing Line in our world liberty TV Fashion Channels.
She Truly is the GOAT of Women’s tennis; many will never accomplish what she did as a tennis player, she has inspired many woman and woman of color in the Tennis world as well as many sports throughout the world. We want to wish her the best in whatever she does next , it was always a pleasure to meet and see Serena at many events , and I believe we will meet at many more.