US OPEN 2003

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USTA Honors King, Laver, Evert and Connors in On-Court Ceremonies for US Open Court of Champions

US OPEN ADDS FRIDAY NIGHT SESSION

USTA Masters Invitational

New Doubles Entry System

Security Measures US Open

Updated singles draws for the 2003 US Open 8/22

US Open Fan Enhancements

Draw Ceremony at United Nations

First Round Match Ups ....

Connors, Evert part of first class in U.S. Open Court of Champions

Arthur Ashe Kids' Day

US OPEN MEN'S WILD CARDS AWARDED

US OPEN WTA WILD CARDS AWARDED

USTA NATIONAL TENNIS CENTER - FLUSHING MEADOWS, NEW YORK  //  25TH ANNIVERSARY

USTA AND IBM SIGN NEW PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT FOR US OPEN

NEW YORK CITY'S POLICE OFFICERS AND FIREFIGHTERS/EMS WORKERS

TO COMPETE FOR CITYWIDE TENNIS BRAGGING RIGHTS IN INAUGURAL
"US OPEN BATTLE OF THE BADGES"

 


First Round Match Ups ....

NEW YORK -- Top-ranked Andre Agassi and leading contender Andy Roddick could meet in the U.S. Open final after being drawn into opposite sides of the field Wednesday.

The No. 4-seeded Roddick, though, will face a tough first-round match against Tim Henman, the only player who beat the American during the U.S. hard-court season.

With three titles in the past month, Roddick heads the list of men's favorites at the year's final Grand Slam tournament, which starts Monday.

Agassi, at 33 the oldest No. 1 in ATP Tour computer ranking history, won the Open in 1994 and 1999, and he lost last year's final to Pete Sampras.

With Sampras all but officially retired, and Serena Williams sidelined by left knee surgery, it's the first time since 1971 that neither defending champion is participating.

"Without Serena playing this year, it certainly opens the door for a couple of other contenders," U.S. Davis Cup captain Patrick McEnroe said at the draw ceremony, held at U.N. headquarters.

The most intriguing potential women's quarterfinal pits Williams' older sister, 2000-01 champion Venus, against three-time major winner Jennifer Capriati.


Andy Roddick is 20-1 in the U.S. hard-court season, his only loss coming vs. Tim Henman. (AP)
The other possible final-eight matchups: No. 1 Kim Clijsters vs. No. 5 Amelie Mauresmo, 1998 champion Lindsay Davenport vs. No. 8 Chanda Rubin, and French Open champion Justine Henin-Hardenne vs. No. 7 Anastasia Myskina.

Venus Williams, who lost to her sister in five of the past six major finals, gets to play a qualifier in the first round.

Roddick has a much tougher task at the outset, facing four-time Wimbledon semifinalist Henman.

Roddick, beaten by Sampras in last year's Open quarterfinals, is 20-1 on the summer hard-court circuit, winning titles at Indianapolis, Montreal and Cincinnati. The lone loss was against Henman in the semifinals at Washington, D.C.

Eventually, Roddick could meet Australian Open runner-up Rainer Schuettler in the quarterfinals, where the other possible matchups are: eight-time major champion Agassi vs. No. 5 Guillermo Coria, 2001 Open winner Lleyton Hewitt vs. French Open champion Juan Carlos Ferrero, and Wimbledon champion Roger Federer vs. No. 7 Carlos Moya.

Coria knocked off Agassi in the French Open quarterfinals.

Agassi will play two-time French Open runner-up Alex Corretja in the first round at the National Tennis Center.

Some third-round matches that could develop are Agassi against two-time major champion Yevgeny Kafelnikov, Ferrero against 2000 Open champion Marat Safin, and a Wimbledon final rematch between Federer and 1998 Open runner-up Mark Philippoussis.

In the women's third round, Capriati might have to face Russian teen Maria Sharapova, who reached Wimbledon's fourth round as a wild-card entry.
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Connors, Evert part of first class in U.S. Open Court of Champions

NEW YORK -- Jimmy Connors and Chris Evert are part of the first class of inductees to the U.S. Open's Court of Champions, honoring the top players in tournament history.

Connors, a five-time champion, and Evert, who won the Open six times, were honored as the best players in the Open era, which began in 1968. The other inductees announced Tuesday are Bill Tilden and Helen Wills for the Golden era (1881-1967), and Rod Laver and Billie Jean King for those who played in both eras.

They will be honored at the National Tennis Center on Sept. 6-7, the days of the women's and men's singles finals at the U.S. Open.

To be eligible, a player has to win at least one singles title at the U.S. Open and be retired from singles and doubles for at least five years.
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The 8th Annual Arthur Ashe Kids' Day Presented by Aetna
Monday, August 11, 2003


Rock Sensation Smash Mouth, R&B Superstar Monica and British Pop Star Daniel Bedingfield Join Andre Agassi, Andy Roddick, James Blake and Anna Kournikova August 23 for Arthur Ashe Kids Day Presented by Aetna

Summer Sanders and Quddus Host World’s Largest Tennis and Music Extravaganza

The Eighth Annual Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day Presented by Aetna will take place on Saturday, August 23 at the USTA National Tennis Center, Flushing Meadows, Queens from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM. (Rain date: Sunday, August 24)

The day-long festival of kids’ tennis activities – including interactive games, musical entertainment, free clinics and the World TeamTennis finals presented by ADT Security Services – will take place Saturday, August 23 at the USTA National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y. Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day is the official kick off event for the US Open that runs August 25 – September 7.

Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day benefits the USA Tennis National Junior Tennis League, the nation’s premiere inner-city youth tennis program, co-founded by the late Arthur Ashe.

This year R&B superstar Monica, rock sensation Smash Mouth and British chart-topper Daniel Bedingfield will join tennis stars Andre Agassi, Andy Roddick, Anna Kournikova, James Blake and other top players to headline Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day presented by Aetna. (Click here to read more about the stars who will be appearing.)

Olympic Gold Medalist/TV personality Summer Sanders and MTV VJ Quddus will host the event.

Previous year’s music and entertainment have showcased boy bands 98 Degrees and the Backstreet Boys, pop divas Jessica Simpson and Britney Spears, and the lovable trio Hansen.

CBS Sports will nationally broadcast the Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day stadium show from 12:00 – 1:30 PM (EST) on the afternoon of Sunday, August 24.

Tickets are available through Ticketmaster at 1-866-OPEN-TIX, on-line at usopen.org and at the USTA National Tennis Center box office in Flushing, Queens.

Times Arthur Ashe Kids' Day Schedule


9:00 AM
Gates Open

9:00 - 11:00 AM
Aetna Outer Stage with performances by Off The Curb, Remedy and Chris Trousdale.

9:00 - 11:15 AM
Interactive games and clinics will take place on 15 of the outer courts at the USTA National Tennis Center. Scheduled activities include: the IBM SpeedZone, American Express Skills Challenge, Sportwall, Nike Tennis and USA Tennis clinics and games. (To participate in interactive games, you must have on sneakers.) Some of the grounds activities include: face-painting, hair beading & braiding, mural painting, photo opportunities and autographs.

11:00 AM
Stadium Opens

12:00 - 1:30 PM
Arthur Ashe Kids' Day stadium show.

2:00 PM
World TeamTennis Finals presented by ADT Security Services

2:00 - 4:00 PM
Ongoing US Open player practices

Admission Arthur Ashe Kids' Day Tickets (stadium show)
On Sale April 28th - (1-866-OPEN-TIX)

$10.00 Promenade
$20.00 Loge Box
$35.00 Courtside Box Seat

*Ticket required for the stadium show in Arthur Ashe Stadium.

*There is no admission charge to the outer courts and ground activities at the USTA National Tennis Center on Arthur Ashe Kids' Day.

*A free Fila hat will be given out to kids under 12 with a stadium show ticket - while supplies last.

2003 Arthur Ashe Kids' Day Sponsors>
Aetna - Presenting Sponsor
Amerada Hess Corporation
American Express
Citizen Watch Company
Fidelity Investments
Fila
Fujifilm
George Foreman
IBM
Instinet
Lincoln Mercury
Marsh & McLennan Companies
The New York Times
Nike
Olympus
Pepsi-Cola Company
PricewaterhouseCoopers
RBS Greenwich Capital
Tennis Magazine
Title Associates Inc.
United
Wilson Sporting Goods Co.
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US OPEN MEN'S WILD CARDS AWARDED TO
CHANG, KENDRICK, KIM, MORRISON AND FOUR TALENTED YOUNG AMERICANS
Former World No. 2 Chang Concludes Legendary Career With Final US Open Appearance

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., August 14, 2003 - The USTA today announced that Brian
Baker (Nashville, Tenn.), Alex Bogomolov, Jr. (Miami), Michael Chang (Mercer
Island, Wash.), Amer Delic (Jacksonville, Fla.), Robert Kendrick (Orlando,
Fla.), Alex Kim (Potomac, Md.), Jeff Morrison (Tampa, Fla.) and Robert Yim
(Glendale, Calif.) have been awarded main draw men's singles wild card
entries into the 2003 US Open Tennis Championships, which will be played
August 25 - September 7 at the USTA National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y.
The US Open Men's Singles Championship is presented by Lincoln Mercury.

Former World No. 2 Chang has announced his retirement and will conclude his
legendary pro career following the 2003 US Open. Half of the eight
recipients have been touring pros for less than three years while Delic and
Yim are still amateurs. Kendrick turned professional in 1999.

Baker, 18, turned professional this summer after a very successful junior
career and is currently ranked No. 447 on the ATP Entry System. He reached
his first pro singles final at the USTA $15,000 Futures in Little Rock,
Ark., in April. Baker jumped to a career-high No. 2 in the ITF World Junior
Rankings after reaching the boys' singles final at Roland Garros in June.
He won the 2002 Orange Bowl joining a list of champions that includes
reigning Wimbledon champion Roger Federer (1998) and current World No. 4
Andy Roddick (1999).

Bogomolov, 20, is currently ranked No. 117 in the ATP Entry System. Last
week he teamed with Morrison to win a bronze medal in doubles at the Pan Am
Games and was a quarterfinalist in singles. Bogomolov reached the third
round of the ATP stop in Indianapolis in July and posted a 11-match winning
streak this spring during which he won challenger titles in Leon, Mexico and
at the USTA $50,000 Challenger in Forest Hills.

Chang, 31, is scheduled to play his final professional tournament at the
2003 US Open, concluding a 16-year career in which he won 34 singles titles,
including seven Tennis Masters Series events and a Grand Slam. He became
the youngest Grand Slam men's singles champion when he won the 1989 Roland
Garros title at the age of 17 years and 3 months and ended a 44-year drought
for American men in Paris. Chang reached three other Grand Slam singles
finals and was runner-up at the 1995 ATP season-ending championships. He
earned a career-high ranking of No. 2 in September 1996 after reaching the
US Open final. He represented the United States at the 2000 Olympic Games
in Sydney and posted an 8-4 record for the U.S. Davis Cup team in 1989-90
and 1996-97.

Delic, 21, won the 2003 NCAA men's singles title and led the University of
Illinois to an undefeated season (34-0) and the school's first NCAA team
tennis title in May. He won his first professional tournament at the USTA
$10,000 Futures in Peoria, Ill., competing as an amateur, and extended World
No. 11 Paradorn Srichaphan to a decisive third set during a second round
match at the ATP event in Indianapolis last month.

Kendrick, 23, is currently ranked No. 122 on the ATP Entry System. He
reached his first tour-level semifinal at Delray Beach in March, where he
fell to eventual champion Jan-Michael Gambill in a decisive third set
tiebreaker. He also reached the semifinals at the USTA $50,000 Challenger
in Dallas in February. The US Open will be Kendrick's third tournament
since suffering a thumb injury during a doubles match at Wimbledon earlier
this summer.

Kim, 23, is currently ranked No. 158 on the ATP Entry System. He captured a
bronze medal in singles at the Pan Am Games last week after falling to
former World No. 1 Marcelo Rios in the semifinals. Kim qualified for the
main draw at Roland Garros and extended Wimbledon runner-up Mark
Philippoussis to five sets in the first round. He finished runner-up at the
USTA $50,000 Challengers in Tallahassee, Fla., and Birmingham, Ala., on the
USTA Pro Circuit this summer.

Morrison, 24, is currently ranked No. 200 on the ATP Entry System. Last
week he teamed with Bogomolov to win a bronze medal in doubles at the Pan Am
Games and was one match short of earning a medal in singles after falling to
eventual champion Fernando Meligeni. Since tearing an abdominal muscle
during the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships in April, Morrison has been
limited to only two tour-level events. He ended the 2002 season ranked No.
99, his first finish in the Top 100.

Yim, 18, earned the wild card traditionally given to the winner of the USTA
Boys' 18s Super National Championships. He won the 2003 title Sunday by
defeating Jamil Al-Agba in straight sets in the best-of-five-set final. Yim
made his ATP debut last month after he advanced through qualifying to reach
the main draw of the tour stop in Los Angeles, where he fell to Wayne
Ferreira in the first round. He has been ranked as high as No. 22 in the
ITF World Junior Rankings.

In addition to the eight US Open main draw men's singles wild cards, the
USTA also announced the nine players who received wild card entries into the
US Open Qualifying Tournament, which will be held August 19-22 at the USTA
National Tennis Center.

Players receiving US Open qualifying wild cards are: Jamil Al-Agba
(Camarillo, Calif.), Thomas Blake (Tampa, Fla.), Matias Boeker (Deerfield
Beach, Fla.), Kean Feeder (Portland, Ore.), KJ Hippensteel (Roanoke, Va.),
Chris Kwon (Boca Raton, Fla.), Rajeev Ram (Carmel, Ind.), Bobby Reynolds
(Acworth, Ga.) and Todd Widom (Coral Springs, Fla.).
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US OPEN WILD CARDS AWARDED TO
MORARIU, BIELIK AND TALENTED GROUP OF YOUNG AMERICAN WOMEN
Six of Eight Recipients Under Age 20

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., August 13, 2003 - The USTA today announced that Bea
Bielik (Valley Stream, N.Y.), Carly Gullickson (Brentwood, Tenn.), Angela
Haynes (Compton, Calif.), Amber Liu (Le Mesa, Calif.), Theresa Logar
(Rochester Hills, Mich.), Bethanie Mattek (Boca Raton, Fla.), Corina Morariu
(Boca Raton, Fla.) and Shenay Perry (Coconut Creek, Fla.) have been awarded
main draw women's singles wild card entries into the 2003 US Open Tennis
Championships, which will be played August 25 - September 7 at the USTA
National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y. The US Open Women's Singles
Championship is presented by JPMorgan Chase.

Six of the eight recipients are under the age of 20.

Bielik, 22, is currently ranked a career-high No. 138 in the WTA Tour
Rankings. She made her professional debut at the 2002 US Open after
receiving a wild card as the reigning NCAA Champion from Wake Forest and
advanced to the third round before losing to current World No. 3 Justine
Henin-Hardenne. Bielik advanced through qualifying to reach the main draw
at Wimbledon this summer where she lost in the first round to eventual
quarterfinalist Svetlana Kuznetsova.

Gullickson, 16, reached the quarterfinals at Memphis during her WTA Tour
debut in February and made her Grand Slam debut on Wimbledon's famed Centre
Court in June. Earlier this month, she became the youngest tennis player
ever to represent the U.S. in the Pan Am Games. Her bid for a medal came up
one match short as short fell to eventual gold medallist Milagros Sequera of
Venezuela in the quarterfinals. She is the daughter of former New York
Yankee pitcher Bill Gullickson, who played 13 years in the major leagues and
led the American League in wins with a 20-9 record for the Detroit Tigers in
1991.

Haynes, 18, has jumped more than 600 spots in the WTA Tour Rankings this
year and is currently ranked a career-high No. 220. She made her WTA Tour
debut at Stanford in July as a qualifier where she upset No. 58 Rita Grande
in the first round. Haynes won her first professional singles title at the
USTA $10,000 Championships in Houston in June during a five-week stretch
where she posted a 17-3 record on the USTA Pro Circuit.

Liu, 19, is the reigning NCAA women's singles champion, winning the title as
a freshman for Stanford. She earned 2003 National Player and National
Rookie of the Year honors from the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. Liu
advanced to the second round of the WTA event in Palo Alto in July, where
she lost to current World No. 1 Kim Clijsters. She was also awarded a wild
card into the 2001 US Open after winning the USTA Girls' 18s Super National
Championships.

Logar, 18, earned the wild card traditionally given to the winner of the
USTA Girls' 18s Super National Championship. She won the 2003 title Sunday
with a 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory over defending champion Alexandra Podkolzina in
the final. Logar reached the quarterfinals at the USTA Pro Circuit $10,000
Championships in Evansville, Ind., this summer in her first appearance in a
professional tournament.

Mattek, 18, is currently ranked No. 131 in the world after starting the year
ranked No. 270. She swept the singles and doubles titles at the USTA
$50,000 Challenger in Fullerton, Calif., in January and was runner-up at the
USTA $50,000 Challenger in Oyster Bay, NY, last month. Mattek earned a
berth into the 2002 US Open as a qualifier and played the first night match
of the tournament, where she faced Jennifer Capriati on Arthur Ashe Stadium.


Morariu, 25, is playing her first event since Wimbledon having been hampered
by a recurring right knee injury. In May 2001, Morariu was diagnosed with
acute promyelocitic leukemia and began extensive chemotherapy treatment.
She is in remission and returned to Grand Slam competition at the 2002 US
Open, where she fell to eventual champion Serena Williams. Morariu has been
ranked as high as No. 29 in the world in singles and No. 1 in doubles during
her pro career.

Perry, 19, improved her WTA Tour Ranking more than 100 spots this year and
is currently No. 146. She won the USTA $50,000 Challengers at Los Gatos,
Calif., and St. Paul, Minn., earlier this year and reached the final of the
USTA $50,000 Challenger in Louisville, Ky., two weeks ago. She has earned
more WTA Tour Ranking points on the USTA Pro Circuit than any American since
the 2002 US Open.

In addition to the eight US Open main draw women's singles wild cards, the
USTA also announced the nine players who received wild card entries into the
US Open Qualifying Tournament, which will be held August 19-22 at the USTA
National Tennis Center.

Players receiving US Open women's qualifying wild cards are: Cory Ann Avants
(Gastonia, N.C.), Ally Baker (Key Biscayne, Fla.), Tanner Cochran (Dublin,
Ga.), Jamea Jackson (Bradenton, Fla.), Jessica Kirkland (Dayton, Ohio),
Kelly McCain (Wesley Chapel, Fla.), Jewel Peterson (College Park, Ga.),
Shadisha Robinson (South Ozone Park, N.Y.) and Kristen Schlukebir
(Kalamazoo, Mich.).
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TV Schedule 2003 US Open .......

US OPEN, Flushing Meadows, N.Y.

2003 US Open Television Schedule

Network Air Date Air Time (ET) Match
CBS Sunday, August 24 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm Preview Show
USA Monday, August 25 11:00 am - 5:00 pm Early Round
USA Monday, August 25 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm Early Round
CBS Tuesday, August 26 12:37 am - 1:07 am Highlights
USA Tuesday, August 26 2:00 am - 4:00 am (Tape) Match of the Day
USA Tuesday, August 26 11:00 am - 5:00 pm Early Round
USA Tuesday, August 26 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm Early Round
CBS Wednesday, August 27 12:37 am - 1:07 am Highlights
USA Wednesday, August 27 2:00 am - 4:00 am (Tape) Match of the Day
USA Wednesday, August 27 11:00 am - 5:00 pm Men's Early /
Women's 2nd
USA Wednesday, August 27 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm Men's Early /
Women's 2nd
CBS Thursday, August 28 12:37 am - 1:07 am Highlights
USA Thursday, August 28 2:00 am - 4:00 am (Tape) Match of the Day
USA Thursday, August 28 11:00 am - 5:00 pm 2nd Round
USA Thursday, August 28 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm 2nd Round
CBS Friday, August 29 12:37 am - 1:07 am Highlights
USA Friday, August 29 11:00 am - 5:00 pm Men's 2nd /
Women's 3rd
USA Friday, August 29 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm Men's 2nd /
Women's 3rd
CBS Saturday, August 30 12:37 am - 1:07 am Highlights
CBS Saturday, August 30 11:00 am - 6:00 pm Women's 3rd Rd
USA Saturday, August 30 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm 3rd Round
CBS Sunday, August 31 11:00 am - 6:00 pm Women's 4th
USA Sunday, August 31 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm Women's 4th
CBS Monday, September 1 12:37 am - 1:07 am Highlights
CBS Monday, September 1 11:00 am - 6:00 pm 4th Round
USA Monday, September 1 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm 4th Round
CBS Tuesday, September 2 12:37 am - 1:07 am Highlights
USA Tuesday, September 2 2:00 am - 4:00 am (Tape) Match of the Day
USA Tuesday, September 2 11:00 am - 6:00 pm Women's QF
USA Tuesday, September 2 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm Women's QF
CBS Wednesday, September 3 12:37 am - 1:07 am Highlights
USA Wednesday, September 3 2:00 am - 4:00 am (Tape) Match of the Day
USA Wednesday, September 3 11:00 am - 6:00 pm QF
USA Wednesday, September 3 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm QF
CBS Thursday, September 4 12:37 am - 1:07 am Highlights
USA Thursday, September 4 2:00 am - 4:00 am (Tape) Match of the Day
USA Thursday, September 4 11:00 am - 5:00 pm Mixed Doubles Final
USA Thursday, September 4 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm Women's Doubles SF
CBS Friday, September 5 12:37 am - 1:07 am Highlights
CBS Friday, September 5 11:00 am - 6:00 pm Women's SF
CBS Saturday, September 6 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm Men's SF
CBS Saturday, September 6 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm Women's Final
USA Sunday, September 7 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm Women's Doubles Final
CBS Sunday, September 7 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm Men's Final

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NEW YORK CITY'S POLICE OFFICERS AND FIREFIGHTERS/EMS WORKERS
TO COMPETE FOR CITYWIDE TENNIS BRAGGING RIGHTS IN INAUGURAL
"US OPEN BATTLE OF THE BADGES"

Finest and Bravest To Face Off In August at USTA National Tennis Center
With Championships Featured at US Open

white plains, N.Y., August 6, 2003 - The USTA today announced that it has
partnered with the New York City Police Department and the New York City
Fire Department to host the inaugural "US Open Battle of the Badges," a
citywide competition among the top tennis players from the Finest and
Bravest from each of the five boroughs.

The competition will feature the top 32 officers from the NYPD and the top
32 firefighters and emergency medical workers from the FDNY, who will begin
preliminary round-robin play Wednesday, August 6 at the USTA National Tennis
Center. The round-robin competition within each force will determine the
NYPD and FDNY players that will compete for their respective teams in the
championships. The championship rounds will be contested as five-point
matches and played during the 15 minute break between matches of the US Open
during the first week of the tournament.

"The NYPD and FDNY represent the heart and soul of New York and this program
reinforces the US Open's connection to New York City and the uniformed
services that serve the five boroughs and our event," said Arlen Kantarian,
Chief Executive, Professional Tennis, USTA. "The NYPD against the FDNY has
all the makings of a great sports rivalry -- talent, commitment and mutual
respect -- for an exciting community-wide event and new attraction at this
year's US Open."

"New York City's Police and Fire Departments have enjoyed a healthy rivalry
in many sports over the years, and now, thanks to the USTA, we will be able
to engage each other on the courts of the US Open," said Police Commissioner
Raymond W. Kelly. "I look forward to cheering on our men and women at
Arthur Ashe Stadium, where I'm confident they will show the world why they
are called New York's Finest."

"The New York City Fire and Police Departments represent the greatest
emergency response personnel in the world. Most of the time, our center
court is considered a high rise fire or emergency medical call," said Fire
Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta. "Although we are equal in our dedication
to serving the people of New York City, there can be only one winner in this
exciting tennis competition. May the best team win. That translates into,
advantage FDNY."

The 2003 US Open will be held Monday, August 25 through Sunday, September 7.
Tickets for the 2003 US Open can be purchased four ways: 1) at usopen.org;
2) by calling Ticketmaster at 1-866-OPEN-TIX; 3) at all Ticketmaster
outlets; or 4) at the USTA National Tennis Center box office.

The US Open is the highest annually attended sporting event in the world.
Over 100 million viewers watched the 2002 US Open on CBS Sports and USA
Network, and international broadcasts reached 165 countries.
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USTA AND IBM SIGN NEW PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT FOR US OPEN
New Technology Breakthroughs Planned for
USOpen.org - One of Top Five Sports Events Web Sites

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., August 5, 2003 -- The USTA and IBM announced today that
IBM has renewed its technology sponsorship of and business relationship with
the US Open, one of the world's top sports and entertainment spectacles. As
part of the agreement, IBM will continue as the Official Information
Technology Solution Provider of the US Open through 2005 and will continue
work with the USTA on designing, developing and hosting USOpen.org.
USOpen.org, one of the top five sports events web sites, attracted 12.9
million visits and 125 million page views from fans in 162 different
countries last year.

The 2003 US Open will mark the 12th year of IBM's sponsorship and its eighth
year of serving as the USTA's partner on USOpen.org.

As part of the agreement, IBM will continue to provide innovative technology
in sports with its design and development of USOpen.org. New technologies
will provide faster access to more information and enhanced video and audio
broadband content. IBM also will continue to provide equipment and services
for match results and statistics collection; information and graphics to
television broadcasters and other media; and tournament data to on-site
locations at the USTA National Tennis Center.

"IBM plays a integral role in the operations of the US Open and enhances the
US Open experience to hundreds of thousands of fans in attendance and
millions online through USOpen.org," said Pierce O'Neil, Chief Business
Officer, USTA. "IBM's technology and innovation are central to every facet
of the Open, providing services to players, fans, television, sponsors,
broadcast partners and the media, all of which have helped the US Open reach
unprecedented popularity in recent years."

IBM and the USTA combine the best in tennis and technology to transform the
US Open into a prominent on demand e-business. IBM integrates information
technology services, hardware and software to collect and distribute match
results and statistics to news media, display boards at the USTA National
Tennis Center and the Internet via the official Web site.

"Teaming with the USTA is a perfect match with our strategy of bringing
business and technology together to provide maximum value and ROI," said
Rick Singer, Director of Worldwide Sponsorship Marketing for IBM. "IBM has
helped the USTA transform its business into an on-demand enterprise,
delivering information and services to all the USTA's constituents-where
they need it, when they need it."

USOpen.org is the premier source for multi-media coverage of the US Open.
It offers the most complete coverage of the tournament, with exclusive
features to enhance fans' experience. The USTA provides and manages all
USOpen.org content while IBM designs, develops and hosts the Web site.

The 2003 US Open will be held Monday, August 25 through Sunday, September 7.
Tickets for the 2003 US Open can be purchased four ways: 1) at usopen.org;
2) by calling Ticketmaster at 1-866-OPEN-TIX; 3) at all Ticketmaster
outlets; or 4) at the USTA National Tennis Center box office.

The US Open is the highest annually attended sporting event in the world.
Over 100 million viewers watched the 2002 US Open on CBS Sports and USA
Network, and international broadcasts reached 165 countries.

IBM is the official information technology partner of the US Open. IBM is a
leading information technology company, worldwide, with 80 years of
leadership in helping businesses innovate. IBM helps customers, Business
Partners and developers in a wide range of industries that leverage the
power of the Internet for e-business.
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USTA NATIONAL TENNIS CENTER - FLUSHING MEADOWS, NEW YORK
25TH ANNIVERSARY

In 1978, the USTA, the national governing body for tennis in the United
States, moved the US Open Tennis Championships, America's Grand Slam, to the
a new USTA National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, N.Y. This new
facility, financed by the USTA (with no public funding) on the grounds of
the 1964 and 1939 World's Fairs, created a world-class venue for the US
Open, and the world's largest public tennis facility. More symbolically,
the move from the private West Side Tennis Club in Forest Hills, N.Y. to the
public National Tennis Center ushered in an era of play on America's public
tennis courts. Today over 70 percent of tennis in the U.S. is played on
public courts. The new venue has also provided new ways for the US Open to
grow as the biggest promotion platform for the sport in the United States.

In 1997, the USTA opened its new 23,157 Arthur Ashe Stadium and expanded
facilities that saw the center's acreage more than double to 46.5 acres and
increase from 25 courts to 45 courts. In 2002, New York City Mayor Michael
Bloomberg called the USTA's stadium deal with the city of New York "the only
good athletic sports stadium deal in the country."

In 2003, the USTA National Tennis Center continues its growth and
improvement as a new Grandstand Court will be christened with 800 more seats
as well as the US Open Court of Champions, located next to the Arthur Ashe
Commemorative Garden, honoring the greatest champions in the 122-year
history of the championships.

"It's clear that over the last 25 years the game has changed, the players
have changed and the fans have changed," said Arlen Kantarian, Chief
Executive, Professional Tennis, USTA. "The US Open has grown and evolved
with those changes. With the top athletes in the world, playing for the
biggest annual purse in sports in front of record crowds, the US Open has
turned into one of the most competitive and entertaining events in sports."

From 1977 to 1978 alone, US Open tournament attendance increased 21 percent
to 275,000 fans just by moving to Flushing Meadows. Today, US Open
attendance eclipses 600,000 fans. Approximately 50 journalists covered the
US Open in 1977. When the US Open moved to the USTA National Tennis Center
in 1978, media attendance quadrupled to over 200. Today, the US Open is
covered by nearly 1,500 media from all over the world and broadcast in 162
nations.

Since 1978, prize money at the US Open has increased more than 3,000
percent. In 1978, the USTA offered $552,480 in total prize money with
$38,000 awarded to the men's and women's singles champions. In 2003, the
USTA will offer over $17 million in prize money, with the men's and women's
singles champions receiving $1 million.

MEDIA COMMENTS ON THE US OPEN'S MOVE TO THE USTA NATIONAL TENNIS CENTER

"Perhaps nothing better symbolizes what has happened to the once elitist,
white-flannelled sport of tennis in the last decade than the fact that the
U.S. Open, America's premier tournament, is now played in a public park." -
Barry Lorge, Washington Post, Sept. 11, 1978

"The United States Open is the only Grand Slam tournament played in a public
facility with a full schedule of night sessions to accommodate the working
population." - New York Times, 1985

"After 98 years in stuffy, private clubs - first the Newport Casino amid
Rhode Island coastal mansions, and for the past 54 years at the West Side
Tennis Club in Forest Hills, Queens - the national championships moved this
year to the new $10 million National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadow Park,
site of the 1939 and 1964 World's Fair." - Washington Post, 1978

"The National Tennis Center, with 25 outdoor courts and nine indoor courts,
was built on city-owned land by the U.S. Tennis Association at a cost of $12
million. It is open year-round to the public. It is in a public park. That
is the beauty of it." - Washington Post, 1978

"It's great. I love it. It's the greatest thing since sliced bread. It's a
complete facility, the first one built expressly for tennis in this country
in a long time." - Arthur Ashe, 1978

"Right there on ground which supported two World's Fairs, almost with reach
of the handsome Unisphere, is the tennis center of Modern Times. Tradition
starts here." - Joe Gergen, Newsday, 1978.

"Tennis traditionalists thought it was terrible. But others, noting the mass
appeal of what was once considered an elite game, welcomed the move of the
US Open from Forest Hills and the exclusive West Side Tennis Club to Queen's
Flushing Meadow Park and the United States Tennis Association National
Tennis Center." - Worcester Gazette, 1978

"For those ten million dollars, the USTA, in conjunction with the city,
created a public tennis facility - except for the days of the Open - that
should benefit New Yorkers for years." - New York Daily News, 1978.

"When tennis historians look back on the development of the game in the
1970s, they will feel the most significant event of the decade was the
USTA's achievement in planning and building the first great new stadium of
the modern era of the game." - Former International Tennis Federation
President Philippe Chatrier, 1978

"Tennis belongs to the people now." - Lesley Visser, Boston Globe, 1978

"It was the decision of the US Tennis Association to renovate Louis
Armstrong Stadium as the centerpiece for the new National Tennis Center,
that in the words of Parks Commissioner Gordon Davis, 'gave new life,
vitality and purpose to this park, makes it a special park.'" - Bud Collins,
Boston Evening Globe, 1978.

"I think it is wonderful that when the US tournament is over anybody at all
will be able to come here and play where all the greats like Connors and
Borg, and of course my countryman, Panatta, have played. It is public, which
is so different from the sites of the other great tournaments - Wimbledon,
the French Open at Roland Garros, the Australian Open at Kooyong." - Leading
Italian journalist Rino Tommasi

"(The USTA National Tennis Center) belongs to the people of this city and as
such symbolizes what tennis has become, a sport for all people." - Former
NYC Mayor David Dinkins, 1978.

Significant US Open Anniversaries On This Day In US Open History

25-Year Anniversary

August 29, 1978 - The gates open at the USTA National Tennis Center in
Flushing Meadows, N.Y., for the facility's grand opening. Bjorn Borg and Bob
Hewitt play the first match at the new facility with Borg winning the
best-of-three set first round match 6-0, 6-2.

August 30, 1978 - The USTA National Tennis Center hosts its first full day
of US Open tennis. Arthur Ashe plays the most exciting match of the day,
saving three match points in the second-set tie-break to defeat Ross Case
4-6, 7-6, 6-1 in a best-of-three-set first round match. Ashe calls the new
USTA National Tennis Center "The greatest thing since sliced bread."

September 10, 1978 - Jimmy Connors becomes the first player to win the US
Open on three different surfaces as he defeats Bjorn Borg, 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 in
the men's final played on the Deco Turf II courts at the new USTA National
Tennis Center. Connors previously won the 1974 U.S. Open on grass and the
1976 U.S. Open on clay courts. Chris Evert wins her fourth straight US Open
women's singles title, defeating 16-year-old Pam Shriver 7-5, 6-4 in the
final.

50-Year Anniversary

September 7, 1953 - Maureen Connolly becomes the first woman to complete a
"Grand Slam" when she defeats Doris Hart 6-2, 6-4 in the women's singles
final. American tennis icon Tony Trabert wins his first U.S. men's singles
title, defeating Vic Seixas 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 in men's final.

40-Year Anniversary

September 8, 1963 - Rafael Osuna of Mexico becomes the first man from Latin
America to win the U.S. singles title when he defeats Frank Froehling in the
singles final. Maria Bueno of Brazil makes it an Hispanic double at Forest
Hills as she wins her second U.S. singles title defeating Margaret Smith in
the final.

60-Year Anniversary

September 6, 1943 - In a U.S. singles final played between U.S. servicemen,
U.S. Naval Officer Joseph Hunt defeats Jack Kramer of the U.S. Coast Guard
to win his first U.S. singles title. Hunt, who wins his title while on
military leave, is killed in a plane crash while training off the coast of
Florida five months after his U.S. singles triumph.

100-Year Anniversary

August 27, 1903 - Laurie Doherty of Great Britain becomes the first
non-American player to win the U.S. Championships, defeating William Larned
6-0, 6-3, 10-8 in the final in Newport, R.I.

35-Year Anniversary

August 27, 1968 - Open tennis begins at the U.S. Championships and Billie
Jean King plays the first stadium match at the US Open, defeating Long
Island dentist and alternate player Dr. Vija Vuskains 6-1, 6-0. Amateurs Ray
Moore and Jim Osborne register upset wins over professionals; Moore
defeating No. 10 seed Andres Gimeno 4-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-1 and Osborne defeating
Barry MacKay 8-6, 4-6, 7-5, 6-3.

September 9, 1968 - Arthur Ashe wins the first US Open defeating Tom Okker
in the final 14-12, 5-7, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3. Ashe is the first African-American
male to win a Grand Slam tournament.

10-Year Anniversary

September 4, 1993 - Mats Wilander finally defeats Mikael Pernfors 7-6 (7-3),
3-6, 1-6, 7-6 (8-6), 6-4 in a four-hour-and-one-minute match that concludes
at 2:26 a.m - the latest ever conclusion of a US Open match. In the
post-match press conference, when asked if he had ever played this late in
the evening, Wilander dead-panned, "Played what?"

30-Year Anniversary

September 8, 1973 - Margaret Court wins her final Grand Slam title defeating
Evonne Goolagong in the women's final 7-6, 5-7, 6-2.

20-Year-Anniversary

September 10, 1983 - Martina Navratilova wins her first US Open women's
singles championship, defeating Chris Evert Lloyd in the final 6-1, 6-3.

September 11, 1983 - Jimmy Connors wins his second consecutive, fifth and
final singles title at the US Open, defeating Ivan Lendl in the final 6-3,
6-7, 7-5, 6-0.
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