U.S. OPEN TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS
USTA Tennis Center - Flushing, New York
Qualifying: August 22-26, 2000
Main Draw: August 28-September 10, 2000
Junior: September 3-10, 2000
When They Were Juniors...
At The Open With Marcia Frost...
Saturday, August 26th PM-Arthur Ashe Kids' Day
Though there were various activities on the outer courts throughout the day (including an exhibition with Todd Martin), it was definitely the production at Arthur Ashe Stadium that had the crowds cheering as the fireworks began the event. VH1's Roshumba was on hand to introduce the musical talent. 98º performed two songs, as did Jessica Simpson. There was also a performance of the hit Where You Are by real-life couple Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey.
As for the tennis exhibitions, they were as exciting as the music. The first match featured Mark Philippoussis & Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario vs. Martina Hingis & Pete Sampras. With celebrity umpire and tennis fanatic Alec Baldwin looking on, Sampras/Hingis easily took the match. Sampras received loud cheers as he told the crowd he was "practicing and feeling healthy."
The second tennis exhibition was somewhat of a comedy show since it featured the Jensen brothers. Known as much for their antics as their tennis, Murphy and Luke played against Alexandra Stevenson and Jennifer Capriati while umpire Jennifer Love Hewitt called the brothers "hotties."
Although there was another (whimsical) exhibition between Andre Agassi and John McEnroe (McEnroe won 10/8), the most exciting tennis on the Arthur Ashe Stadium Court today was when Lindsay Davenport, Agassi, Todd Martin, Martina Hingas and 98º's Justin Jeffre & Nick Lachey hit forehands, backhands and serves for charities. They all earned substantial donations from American Express, with Martina Hingis winning the $35,000 jackpot for the World Health Organization.
Jessica Simpson summed up her feelings (which are shared by many) about tennis by saying, "When the underdog wins, that's the coolest thing in the world." Arthur Ashe himself would have appreciated the fact that the day named after him celebrated the underdogs -- kids just starting out and charities alike.
Friday, August 25th PM-Qualifying
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