ANDY TAYLOR CELEBRATES TWO DECADES IN ARTHUR ASHE STADIUM
Known as the Voice of the US Open, 2021 marked Taylor’s 20th year shaping the sound of the sport’s final Grand Slam of the season.
With his individual style and delivery, Andy writes and narrates every player’s introduction, highlighting their career accomplishments, providing context for fans before each match. As a voice talent, he also narrates video content and special announcements broadcast across the grounds of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. For twenty years, his distinctive sound and energy has helped drive and enhance the fan experience — Informing. Entertaining. Celebrating the sport and its colorful cast of characters.
2021 US Open. Raducanu makes history. Medvedev earns first Major.
Referred to as “The Greatest Return” by the United States Tennis Association, the 2021 US Open proved to be one of the most dynamic Grand Slam tournaments in recent history. The year prior — due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic — the 2020 US Open was held without fans, and was the sport’s first Grand Slam tournament after a 5-month pause on the season. Athletes, presenters and staff observed strict health and safety protocols to limit exposure and curb the spread of the virus. In 2021, thanks to vaccines, fans were back; full-throated and fully invested in the US Open’s historic storylines.
For the first time in 22-years, the Women’s Singles Final featured a pair teenagers. In just her second Grand Slam appearance, 18-year-old Emma Raducanu captured the title, becoming the first Qualifier in the history of the game to win a Major. Her 19-year-old opponent, Leylah Fernandez, defeated three top-5 players to reach the championship match – including defending champion Naomi Osaka.
On the Men’s side, Novak Djokovic nearly became the first man in 52-years to secure the Calendar Grand Slam. As the reigning Australian Open, Roland Garros and Wimbledon champion, Djokovic was one victory away from achieving the feat. Instead, World #2 Daniil Medvedev earned his first Grand Slam title, dispatching the 20-time Major champion in straight sets. For the first time ever, all four Grand Slam trophies were together in New York, in anticipation of a momentous trophy ceremony. Medvedev ensured only one made an appearance.
In Women’s Doubles, Sam Stosur teamed with best-friend Shuai Zhang to capture her second US Open Doubles title, and 8th Major title overall. When the Aussie legend earned her first US Open Doubles title in 2005 – her opponents in Sunday’s Final (Coco Gauff and Caty McNally) were only one and three years old.
Joe Salisbury became the first player in 11-years to capture both the Men’s Doubles and Mixed Doubles titles (Bob Bryan 2010). On the Men’s side, Joe and American Rajeev Ram earned their second Major together. In Mixed, he and American Desirae Krawczyk earned their second Grand Slam title together. With the triumph, Desirae became only the seventh player in the Open Era to win three Grand Slam Mixed Doubles titles in a single season. Meanwhile, El Salvador’s Marcela Arevalo became the first player from Central America ever to reach a Grand Slam Final.
2021 US Open. Most Valuable Player: The New York Fans.
With fans finally back, clearly starved for Grand Slam drama and intrigue after 24-months, the athletes used New York’s pent-up energy and electricity as fuel, playing well beyond their limits and expectations. Together – with raw, overwhelming fan-engagement the world over – the sport itself firmly thrust its dagger through the heart of COVID-19. Tennis is back. Full stop. And the impending, unexpected plot twists are positively tantalizing.
Recaps of all 52 matches played in Arthur Ashe Stadium during the 2021 US Open Tennis Championships