The Jensen Zone: Grading the 2016 U.S. Open

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Are you one of the lucky ones who had the opportunity to visit the U.S. Open this year? The anticipation for this year’s U.S. Open was extremely high, with so much going on. The new roof on Arthur Ashe Stadium was completed, and everyone looked forward to seeing how the court would play with nearly 25,000 spectators. We were also able to visit new projects like the revamped Grandstand and field courts with new added seating. All of these improvements at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center gave a roomier feel to the grounds that made it feel so much easier to float from court to court.

My review is nothing but a perfect 10! Ashe Stadium has reached its full potential. Going from one of the most challenging courts to play on in professional tennis with its swirling unpredictable winds, to one of the most unique and comfortable tennis experiences, even when the roof is open!

The new Grandstand is a work of tennis art. To capture the essence of the old Grandstand that had a “high five the fans in the front row” connection because the players were actually hitting returns into the laps of the fans in the front row.

The one surprise was the makeover of the field courts. A new finish to the presentation made it look very aggressive and modern. It reflects what the U.S. Open will always be .. the American Tennis Classic … fast, intense and aggressive—just like its New York City DNA.

It was really strange not to have Roger Federer playing in Flushing Meadows, and to see an aging Rafael Nadal never really find his game. It reminds me that Father Time is undefeated and it's time to look to the next generation of superstar talents, as the Americans have a bunch on both the men's and women's tours.

My final grade for U.S. Open 2016 is an A+! Even though Louis Armstrong Stadium and the old Grandstand courts are going away in 2018, a new Armstrong with a roof will once again keep New York’s Grand Slam the very best in the world!