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U.S. Fed Cup Team To Host Netherlands, U.S. Davis Cuppers To Travel To Serbia In 2018

The U.S. Davis Cup Team was drawn against Serbia this morning and will travel to Serbia for a Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group First Round tie February 2-4. The U.S. Fed Cup Team was drawn against the Netherlands for its First Round tie February 10-11, and by nature of the U.S. reaching the Fed Cup Final this year, the USTA has the choice to host the tie in the United States, with the decision to come by October 4 or earlier.

The U.S. Fed Cup Team, seeded No. 2 for 2018, last played, and defeated, the Netherlands, 5-0, in a 1998 World Group Quarterfinal tie in Kiawah Island, S.C., meaning the Dutch would traditionally host their next tie with the Americans. The provision that gives Davis Cup and Fed Cup finalists the choice to host their first round ties in the following year’s competitions was passed and went into effect in August, however, giving the United States — which will play Belarus in Minsk in the Fed Cup Final November 10-11 — the option to host, with a deadline of October 4 to make the decision.

The U.S. Davis Cup Team, which was eliminted by Australia in April’s Quarterfinals, last faced Novak Djokovic and Serbia in Boise, Idaho, in 2013. Serbia is seeded seventh in 2018, while the U.S. is unseeded.

Rosie Casals Honored With USTA President’s Award

The USTA has announced that former American tennis player and pioneer of the women’s professional game Rosie Casals has been honored with the 2017 United States Tennis Association’s President’s Award. Casals was honored at the USTA Semi-Annual Meeting earlier this month in New York City.

 

Born and raised in San Francisco, Casals is the daughter of parents who immigrated to the United States from El Salvador. By age 16, Casals became a top junior player in Northern California, and at age 17 she was ranked No. 11 in the United States.

 

Casals rose to No. 3 in the world in singles in 1970, and throughout her more than two-decade career, she won 12 major doubles and mixed doubles championships, played for the US Open singles title in 1970 and 1971, amassed 595 wins in singles and 508 in doubles, and was ranked among the world’s Top 10 players in 12 seasons.

 

Casals and Billie Jean King forged a partnership at the Berkeley Tennis Club in 1964. From 1966 to 1975, Casals and King won seven major doubles titles and were finalists seven other times. At Wimbledon, Casals and King won five championships (1967, 1968, 1970, 1971, 1973). In singles, Casals was a French Open finalist in 1968, 1970 and 1982, and she advanced to the Australian Open final in 1971. Casals and King are the only doubles team in history to win the U.S. Championships/US Open on all three surfaces.

 

Casals is currently involved with the NJTL Coachella Valley and coaches American junior Taylor Johnson.

 

“Rosie has been a motivating force behind the positive changes and progress in women’s tennis,” said Katrina Adams, USTA Chairman of the Board and President. “Her love for tennis reaches beyond the courts and translates into her continuous efforts fighting for rights of professional and women players. Rosie’s legacy and advocacy will never stop inspiring today’s youth to become the next great generation of American tennis players.”

 

The President’s Award honors an individual who has given unusual and extraordinary service to the sport of tennis in the public’s interest. Since its inception in 1999, award recipients have included Billie Jean King, Lindsay Davenport, Mary Joe Fernandez, Mike Bryan and Bob Bryan, former New York City Mayor David Dinkins, and United States Army veteran and tennis photographer Benjamin Woods.

 

Garbine Muguruza Assumes No. 1 WTA Tour Ranking

The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) announced today that Spain’s Garbiñe Muguruza is the new WTA World No.1 as of the updated rankings on Monday, September 11.

The 23-year-old becomes the 24th woman overall to hold the No.1 ranking and the second player representing Spain to achieve this historic milestone since computer rankings were introduced in 1975. Four-time Grand Slam singles champion Arantxa Sánchez Vicario spent 12 non-consecutive weeks as singles No.1 in 1995 while Conchita Martínez – who provided coaching support during Muguruza’s run to the 2017 Wimbledon title and lifted the Venus Rosewater Dish herself in 1994 – peaked at No.2 in the rankings in 1995.

“Becoming the WTA No.1 in the world is a dream come true,” stated Muguruza. “Every birthday wish was always the same as I blew out the candles – to become the best. There is a lot of work behind this achievement and a lot of love and passion for this sport. There’s also a lot of hard moments along with the great moments. Not to mention the extreme amount of love from my family and the appreciation for my fans and all the people that have helped me in this journey. And I am very proud to share such a special moment for our country with Rafael Nadal, the best role model I could ever have. I look forward to continue working hard to keep this position.”

At the start of the 2017 US Open, eight players had a chance to hold the top ranking, including No.3-ranked Muguruza. The Spaniard ensured her ascent – which ends the eight-week reign of the Czech Republic’s Karolina Pliskova – by virtue of reaching the Round of 16 in New York for the first time.

Muguruza’s rise gained fresh momentum over the summer, as she lifted her second Grand Slam trophy at Wimbledon and won her fifth career singles title at last month’s Western & Southern Open at Cincinnati. This season she also advanced to the semifinals at the Brisbane International, Internazionali BNL d’Italia (Rome), Aegon Classic (Birmingham) and Bank of the West Classic (Stanford), and was a quarterfinalist at the Australian Open, BNP Paribas Open (Indian Wells) and Rogers Cup (Toronto).

During the past 52 weeks ­– the period of time that contributes to ranking points – Muguruza also earned her second qualification for the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global. Having defeated Serena Williams to capture her maiden major at Roland Garros in 2016 (which led to a stint at No.2 in the rankings) and then Venus in this year’s Wimbledon final, Muguruza holds the distinction of being the only player to defeat both Williams sisters in a Grand Slam final.

“The WTA No.1 ranking is one of the greatest achievements a player can reach in tennis. I congratulate Garbiñe on reaching this very special and deserving milestone,” said WTA CEO and Chairman Steve Simon. “Garbiñe’s results on the sport’s biggest stages are the result of many years of hard work, combined with a special talent that inspires fans and youngsters around the world.”

Muguruza will be presented with the WTA World No.1 Trophy, the focal point of which is a silver “star-map” tennis ball that represents the tennis universe. All world No.1s, past and present, are depicted by a diamond in the sky, which represents each champion’s mark on the sport.

Click here for a video on Muguruza’s historic achievement.

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Nadal Continues Capturing Slams

Rafael Nadal won his 16th Grand Slam singles title, and third US Open, in today’s well-fought but straight-sets win over first-time Slam finalist Kevin Anderson, 6-3, 6-3, 6-4.

Nadal’s long career shows no signs of slowing down. He won two major titles this year (including his 10th Roland-Garros championship). “I wake up every morning with the passion to go on court and to try to improve things. That’s why I still have chances to compete in this sport,” he says. “I still feel the nerves every time that I go on court. When some day arrives that I don’t feel those nerves or that extra passion for the game that I feel, it will be the day to say, ‘OK, I’ll do another thing.’ ”

Photo by Chris Nicholson, author of ‘Photographing Tennis.’ Follow Chris’ US Open photos on Instagram (@ShootingTennis).

Sloane Secures Her First Slam

Of the final four Americans in the women’s main draw of the US Open, Sloane Stephens was the last standing after defeating her good friend Madison Keys in the final 6-3, 6-0.

Both players came back from injuries in 2017, faced each other for the first time in a Grand Slam event, and were only the seventh pair of singles finalists in the Open Era to be appearing in their first Grand Slam championship match simultaneously. It was the 94th time an American woman has won the US Open singles trophy.

“I should just retire now,” Stephens said afterward. “I told Maddie I’m never going to be able to top this.”

Photo by Chris Nicholson, author of ‘Photographing Tennis.’ Follow Chris’ US Open photos on Instagram (@ShootingTennis).

Men’s Semis Set

Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta didn’t take his first career Grand Slam semifinal laying down—not most of it, anyway. But opponent and eventual winner Kevin Anderson did run Busta around enough so that the Spaniard, exasperated, took a breather right on court after slipping to the ground.

Anderson, of South Africa, advanced to his first Grand Slam singles final with the 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4 upset. That final will be against Rafael Nadal, winner of 15 Grand Slam singles titles. “I’m sure there will be different emotions when I walk out onto the court on Sunday. But it will be very important for me as quickly as possible to really try, as much as I can, to block that out,” Anderson says. “Any match you face, you can be nervous. It’s just a larger scale. I’m looking forward to the opportunity. I have worked really hard to get here. It’s great I have given myself a spot.”

Photo by Chris Nicholson, author of ‘Photographing Tennis.’ Follow Chris’ US Open photos on Instagram (@ShootingTennis).

Wheelchair Tennis on Arthur Ashe Stadium For First Time

US Open wheelchair tennis was played for the first time ever today in Arthur Ashe Stadium. Great Britain’s Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid, seeded No. 2, defeated Japan’s Shingo Kunedia and Argentina’s Gustavo Fernandez in the first match, 6-3, 6-2.

“We knew a few days ago that some matches would be played on Ashe,” said Hewett, 19. “I found out at 8 pm last night – it was a nice surprise.”

“It was incredible to have that opportunity as wheelchair players,” said Reid, 25. “It’s showing the respect that wheelchair tennis is gaining, a great first match here. It’s probably the nicest court I played on, so for me, it really is the stuff that dreams are made of, to play on Ashe. Hopefully, it’s not the last time.”

Following the men’s doubles match, American Dana Mathewson and Aniek van Koot, of the Netherlands, upset No. 2 seeds Yui Kamiji, of Japan, and Lucy Shuker, of Great Britain, in a tight 0-6, 6-4, [10-5], match.

The US Open Wheelchair Tennis Competition continues through Sunday across the men’s, women’s and quad divisions. It follows the same rules as able-bodied tennis except that the ball can bounce twice.

Wheelchair Tennis Debuts in Ashe Stadium

Arthur Ashe Stadium is celebrating its 20th year hosting US Open matches, yet none of those contests involved wheelchair tennis—until today. In the first stadium match of Day 11, Alfie Hewett (pictured) and Gordon Reid defeated Shingo Kunedia and Gustavo Fernandez, 6-3, 6-2, in the first wheelchair tennis match ever played on American tennis’ grandest stage. They were followed by women’s semifinalists Dana Mathewson and Aniek van Koot, who defeated Yui Kamiji and Lucy Shuker 0-6, 6-4, [10-5].

“It was incredible to have that opportunity as wheelchair players,” Reid says. “It’s showing the respect that wheelchair tennis is gaining, a great first match here. It’s probably the nicest court I played on, so for me, it really is the stuff that dreams are made of. Hopefully, it’s not the last time.”

Photo by Chris Nicholson, author of ‘Photographing Tennis.’ Follow Chris’ US Open photos on Instagram (@ShootingTennis).

US Open Celebrates 10-Year Anniversary of Being Green

The United States Tennis Association (USTA) celebrates the 10th anniversary of its Green Initiative program at the 2017 US Open. Since its inception in 2008, the US Open Green Initiative has expanded each year to continuously make environmentally-sustainable choices that reduce the impact the US Open has on the environment.

In this, the 10th year of the program, 90 percent of US Open waste will be diverted from landfills, 12,000 gallons of kitchen grease will be recycled into biodiesel fuel, and more than 60 tons of organic waste from US Open kitchens will be composted.

Since 2008, the US Open has reduced its greenhouse emissions by 94,000 metric tons through waste diversion, recycled paper use, carbon offsets, and renewable energy certificates. This includes the diversion of more than 3,400 tons of waste and the recycling of nearly 2.6 million plastic bottles. The US Open has obtained enough renewable energy credits to provide electricity to 1,600 homes for an entire year and has donated more than 100 tons of food to local communities.

In addition, as the USTA continues its strategic transformation of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, green building choices are incorporated into each step of the process, demonstrated by the LEED certification of the Grandstand Stadium and Transportation Building. The new Louis Armstrong Stadium, set to debut in 2018, is on track to be LEED certified for the 2018 US Open.

More than 95 percent of the waste from the demolition of both the original Grandstand and Louis Armstrong Stadiums was recycled. The new Louis Armstrong Stadium will use 40 percent less water through waterless urinals and low-flow plumbing fixtures. Landscaping around the new stadium has been designed to use 55 percent less water and the stadium, as a whole, has been designed to consume 25 percent less energy.

In collaboration with environmental consultant, eco evolutions, initiatives for 2017 include:

Waste Diversion

  • The USTA will recycle cardboard, plastics, glass and metals collected throughout the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.
  • More than 60 tons of food waste will be collected from the kitchens to be turned into compost for landscape and farming uses.
  • The USTA will collect the 45,000 tennis balls used during the matches and player practices to reuse in USTA tennis programs and donate to various community and youth organizations nationwide.
  • Following the US Open, approximately 15,000 tennis ball cans are recycled.
  • From the kitchens at the US Open, approximately 12,000 gallons of food grease will be collected to convert into biodiesel fuel.
  • Unused food will be donated to the community.

Recycled Paper

  • More than 90% of the paper products, including the 2.4 million napkins in the general concession area will be made of recycled materials and/or compostable materials.
  • All US Open-related printed materials (US Open media guide, marketing collateral, tickets and the Daily Drawsheet, among others) are composed of at least 30 percent post-consumer waste.
  • US Open tickets are printed on paper comprised of 30 percent post-consumer waste, and parking books, parking visors and coupon books are printed on paper made up of 10-15 percent post-consumer waste.
  • All paper towel dispensers have been replaced with motion-sensor dispensers and all paper towels are comprised of 40 percent post-consumer waste.
  • Paper use is reduced through electronic communications to players, media and fans, and players have access to a player’s-only web portal.

Transportation

  • Carbon offsets are acquired for the estimated miles players travel by air as well as the miles they travel on the ground to get to the US Open.
  • Carbon offsets are also acquired for the estimated 800,000 vehicle miles traveled by employees to work at the US Open.

Energy

  • Champion Energy, the US Open’s energy supplier, is donating Green-e certified Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) to offset the electricity consumed during the 2017 US Open.
  • Carbon emissions from player travel and on site fuel use will be offset with the purchases of Green-e Climate Carbon Offsets.

Green Cleaning

  • Vendors are provided with a US Open Green Cleaning Policy specifying preferred cleaning products to be used during the US Open.

Site renovations and expansion

  • The stadium lights throughout the NTC have been replaced with LED lights which will reduce energy use by 50 percent.
  • Water refilling stations have been added to the site to encourage waste minimization by reducing single use water bottle.
  • As part of recent renovations at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, the USTA has incorporated green building design elements (such as water efficient fixtures, recycling of construction waste, low emitting paints and sealants, recycled materials, efficient lighting and HVAC systems). To facilitate this process, the USTA has become members of the United Sates Green Building Council as of August 2013 and achieved LEED certification for the newest Grandstand Stadium and Transportation building. We are currently pursuing LEED certification for the new Armstrong Stadium.

Merchandising

  • At the US Open Collection merchandise locations, fans will receive with their purchase a US Open souvenir-style shopping bag designed for multiple-use.
  • The US Open Collection will include environmentally friendly items including a reusable tote made from 80 percent post-consumer waste, cinch bags constructed from recycled bottles and 100 percent recycled post-consumer and post-industrial paper product.

Fan Awareness

  • US Open Green Initiatives are featured in the official US Open Program.
  • Environmental tips are featured in the Daily Drawsheet as well as communicated through US Open social media channels. Labels on waste bins to educate fans on waste diversion program.
  • Signage on paper towel dispensers to remind fans to use only what they need.​
  • Signs in kitchens to educate staff on proper recycling and composting procedures.

Food

  • 20 percent of produce used during the Open is from local farms.

USTA Donates $500,000 To Hurricane Harvey Relief

The USTA announced that it has donated $500,000 as part of its initial contributions toward immediate Hurricane Harvey relief efforts, with additional funds to come from on-site fundraising at the US Open – including efforts involving five-time US Open champion Jimmy Connors – and future donations to aid those affected by the storm.

 

On site at the US Open, five-time champion Jimmy Connors is participating in a campaign to raise relief funds through signing autographs and taking photos with fans, all while encouraging them to donate. The USTA will match any funds raised by Connors and will ensure it is all donated directly to the Red Cross for Harvey relief.

 

Fans at the US Open have also been encouraged to donate to the Red Cross through advertisements of a 1-800 number, a text-to-donate system and RedCross.com, which have appeared on the video boards in all four stadiums and throughout the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center’s grounds.

 

The USTA has also worked with ESPN to develop messaging for on-screen graphics and other programming encouraging US Open viewers to donate to Harvey relief, including a PSA featuring players John Isner, Madison Keys and Sam Querrey.

 

Following the $500,000 immediate donation, the USTA will work with the USTA Texas Section to allocate future funds toward upgrades needed for storm-affected tennis facilities.

 

The USTA Foundation, the national charitable arm of the USTA, is also working with Wilson through its “Ultra Aces” program, in which Wilson will donate $200 to the Foundation for every ace during the tournament hit by a player using Wilson’s new Ultra racket, to direct all of that donation money toward Harvey relief.

 

“Everyone in Houston affected by Hurricane Harvey is in the hearts and minds of the tennis world in New York,” said Katrina Adams, USTA Chairman of the Board, CEO and President. “Our support has to be both immediate and ongoing, and we encourage everyone to contribute to the efforts to help Houston and assist those whose lives were affected by the storm.”