The 2016 US Open launched with a special anthem ceremony featuring Phil Collins, Leslie Odom, Jr., Billie Jean King, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, and the USTA’s Katrina Adams.
Billie Jean King welcomed the world to Arthur’s House – now with a new roof, Mayor de Blasio strolled-out to a cacophony of boos, and Katrina Adams led into Phil Collins’ performance of “In the Air Tonight.”
I’ve been working Opening Night of the US Open since 2002. This ceremony was truly one of the best…among my all-time favorite performances including Aretha Franklin (2007) and Lenny Kravitz (2013). Needless to say, it was a tough act for Novak Djokovic to follow…
The Opening Round night session featured a four-set win for Djokovic over Poland’s Jerzy Janowicz, and a three-set Madison Keys win over fellow American Alison Riske.