Match Recap from Announcer Andy Taylor, Voice of the US Open
Stefanos Tsitsipas advances to Round-3
Fun fact — Before Monday, the reigning ATP Finals Champion had won only a single main draw match at the US Open. In 2017, he fell to Nicolas Mahut in the final round of qualifying. A year later, he defeated Tommy Robredo — then fell in 4-sets to Daniil Medvedev. Last year, Andrey Rublev took him out in a four hour, 1st-Round corker.
Simply put, the past three Opens were humbling. Stef believes in himself. He’s confident in the weapons he’s assembled, and is always eager to test his arsenal against the unique challenges each opponent presents. You want to see him put on a show? Tell him someone has a better _(insert anything here)_. He’ll test your theory — and quite often, prove you wrong.
Tonight’s test featured a fearless UCLA standout with a similarly confident backbone, Maxime Cressy. No question, Maxime is taller and his serve is more punishing. That said, Tsitsipas will debate you on both claims. Factually, he may lose. But this is tennis, which is all about results — not being right.
In his Arthur Ashe Stadium debut, tonight Stefanos Tsitsipas showed impressive poise against an opponent with nothing to lose — and delivered results. On to Round 3 for the first time.
Head to Head: First meeting between these two players
 Stefanos Tsitsipas -06- (GRE) | Round-2 Announcer Introduction
The reigning ATP Finals Champion – He was a Semifinalist in the 2019 Australian Open, owns 5 ATP Singles titles, and tonight – makes his Arthur Ashe Stadium debut. From Greece, the #4-seed Stefanos Tsitsipas.
- R2 — W | Maxime Cressy -168- (USA) | Score: 7-6(2), 6-3, 6-4
- R1 — W | Albert Ramos-Vinolas -41- (ESP) | Score: 6-2, 6-1, 6-1
Maxime Cressy -168- (USA) | Round-2 Announcer Introduction
A Wild Card at this year’s US Open – On Monday, this UCLA stand-out won his first career Grand Slam main draw match and is through to Round-2 of a Major for the first time. From Los Angeles, California – Maxime Cressy.
- R1 — L |  Stefanos Tsitsipas -06- (GRE) | Score: 6-7(2), 3-6, 4-6
- R1 — W | Jozef Kovalik -123- (SVK) | Score: 6-1, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4
A New Reality | 2020 US Open Tennis Championships
In late February and early March, announcer Andy Taylor compèred two of the final professional tennis events before the global coronavirus pandemic put the skids on the 2020 season. In Doha, he hosted Aryna Sabalenka’s relentless run to the Qatar Total Open title. Then in Honolulu, he emceed Team USA’s Davis Cup Qualifier victory over Uzbekistan. Including Bob and Mike Bryan’s final professional match.
As U.S. coronavirus cases continued to mount, the day following Team USA’s 4-0 victory, all professional sports came to a grinding halt. Over the next five months, as Americans stayed home and “socially distanced,” nearly 6-million contracted the illness. Tragically, over 180-thousand perished. Worldwide, COVID-19 killed over 840-thousand and sickened 25-million (at the time of this writing).
New York hosts the resumption of the 2020 tennis season
Early on, New York City was the epicenter of COVID’s outbreak. The Billie Jean King National Tennis Center became prime real estate for New York’s coordinated pandemic response. Additionally, the state used Louis Armstrong Stadium as a warehouse to pack meals for patients, front-line workers and students dependent on the city’s school lunch program.
In late July, after New York “flattened the curve,” Governor Cuomo green-lighted the USTA’s plans to resume the 2020 tennis season in Flushing. Without fans. Without qualifying. Rather, the Western & Southern Open moved from Cincinnati to the grounds of the US Open. Furthermore, the USTA implemented strict COVID-19 testing policies. It limited the number in each player’s entourage. Additionally, it created a protective “Bubble” for all tournament participants at nearby hotels and on-site.
Andy Taylor | 19th US Open Tennis Championships
After a five month pause, with the coronavirus “politicized” and still spreading unchecked through portions of the population, Andy was hesitant when asked to be a part of the sport’s return. However, after carefully considering the USTA’s extensive health and safety protocols, he soon realized the US Open could in fact be one of the safest environments to avoid COVID’s spread.
Masks are mandatory. For crew, testing occurs every fourth day. To ensure best broadcast quality, the USTA understood that Arthur Ashe Stadium’s announcer would need to work without a mask. Therefore, they isolated Andy in his own booth. Thus, keeping production team members free from aerosols emitted during player introductions.
Rather than fly, Andy drove to Flushing. He uses his own vehicle to shuttle back and forth from the hotel to the venue, which limits his exposure to others. Additionally, this allowed Andy to bring his own hot plate and coffee machine, completely eliminating the need for others to bring him meals and supplies. Essentially, the Voice of the US Open is working from a bubble within “The Bubble.” Responsibly limiting contact with colleagues and players as much as humanly possible.
A new Grand Slam Global Pandemic Presentation
With the global emphasis on social distancing to avoid further outbreaks of COVID-19, the world of sport production is reinventing “the show” by harnessing new technologies that have emerged over the past decade. As always, the core goal is to meet fans where they are.
In other words, with fans exclusively watching on television – or on-the-go through mobile devices – the 2020 US Open “stadium show” is now geared toward the camera, rather than the ticket holder. This year, Andy and the stadium production team are working closely with ESPN to integrate the broadcast and stadium presentations. Instead of narrating player introductions exclusively for fans on site, intros and all aspects of the stadium show are now part of the broadcast product streamed to fans worldwide.
The true creator is necessity, who is the mother of our invention.
Jowett | English translation of Plato’s “Republic”
Live sport presentation is a brave new world. Through perseverance and bold experimentation, the US Open continues to innovate; determined to feed each tennis fan’s hunger after five months of the world’s new and humbling collective-reality.