| By Luke Jensen

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!

Luke Jensen

<p>Born in Grayling, Mich., Luke Jensen&rsquo;s resume includes 10 ATP Tour doubles titles and singles victories against Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras, Ivan Lendl, John McEnroe, Bjorn Borg, Jimmy Connors, Boris Becker, Stefan Edberg and Jim Courier. Jensen and his brother, Murphy, won the 1993 French Open doubles title. He was also a member of the 1991 and 1992 Davis Cup Teams. His ambidextrous play, including his ability to serve the ball with either hand at 130 mph, earned him the nickname &ldquo;Dual Hand Luke.&rdquo; Luke is currently director of tennis at Sea Island Tennis Center in Georgia. He may be reached by phone at (315) 443-3552 or e-mail <a href="mailto:lukejensen84@yahoo.com">lukejensen84@yahoo.com</a>.</p>