Time to play Tennis – US Open like we have never seen it before
The US Open 2016 will change a lot in tennis. Starting on the 29th of August and ending on 11th of September, the prize money is at a historical high, the roof can finally be closed and the New York skyline still can be seen with all the new arrangements and building updates – Sounds like tennis is going to determine our schedule the next couple of weeks.
The world´s greatest tennis players are currently competing against each other at the last of the four Grand Slam tournaments of the tennis year: The US Open in New Jersey. Not just the number of 128 starters mark a high this year, but also the prize money, a total of $46.3 million, is an all time high in tournament history. Each winner of the men and women singles will take home $3.5 million, which is insanely high in comparison to the prize money of the last 15 years or other ATP tournaments.
Another major development is the fact that bad weather can not affect the playing schedule at all. Due to a retraceable roof system, it allows the fans to watch the matches in all weather conditions. It takes about 6-7 minutes to close the roof, but after that we are finally free of endless breaks because of wind and rain, which happened quite often during the recent years at Arthur Ashe Stadium, the center court. Bigger, better, USA – another addition is the new Grandstand Stadium providing 8.125 seats and courts 4-6 for practice reasons or matches. It is sunken into the ground which allows the spectators to stay in the shades almost all day!
Picture source: YouTube / US Open Tennis Championships
Check out the playing schedule for the US Open 2016
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