#InTheLoop | More Tennis, Anyone? Forest Hills Hosts Davis Cup This Weekend
BY QEDC It's In Queens
The U.S. Open was absolutely awesome. So why not continue with great tennis in Queens?
The South African team plays its Venezuela counterpart in a best-of-five match series. Kevin Anderson, a former U.S. Open and Wimbledon finalist, is expected to play for South Africa. Other members of the squad might include top 100 singles player Lloyd Harris and former Australian Open and Wimbledon doubles finalist Raven Klaassen.
Venezuela is led by Ricardo Rodriguez, the most successful singles player in his South American country’s Davis Cup history.
“We invite everyone to come to the West Side Tennis Club to take in the beauty of our club, watch one of the most exciting forms of competitive tennis and be part of this very special event,” stated West Side Tennis Club Tennis Director Jason Weir Smith, who hails from South Africa.
The matches are set for a hard court in the famous, 13,000-seat horseshoe-shaped stadium where concerts also take place. It’s the same spot that hosted the U.S. Open from 1923 to 1977.
Two best-of-three-set singles matches will open the competition on Sept. 18 at 11 am. The second day, also starting at 11 am, will present the reverse two best-of-three-set singles matches and a best-of-three-set doubles match.
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What is technically known as the “Davis Cup by Rakuten World Group II” is the largest and most prestigious international men’s team tennis tournament. It began as a challenge match between the United States and the British Isles at Boston’s Longwood Cricket Club in 1900.
In 2021, the annual competition features the planet’s top 18 national teams, including Australia, Colombia, Italy, and Spain, the defending champion. Due to Covid, the 2020 Davis Cup was postponed.
Located at One Tennis Place, Forest Hills Stadium was built to host the U.S. Open’s center court matches in conjunction with the adjacent West Side Tennis Club in 1923. The venue’s heyday was in the 1960s and 1970s, when it hosted tennis and live music. The Beatles played two consecutive sold-out shows there in 1964. The Doors and Simon & Garfunkel did a double bill in 1967. Even Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, and Diana Ross performed there before the venue shut down in the mid 1990s due to financial concerns. (The U.S. Open moved to Flushing Meadows Corona Park in 1978.)
In 2013, Forest Hills Stadium underwent a roughly $3 million renovation that included a complete structural overhaul, seat replacement, and the installation of a state-of-the-art stage. The site re-opened in August of that year with a concert by British rock band Mumford & Sons.
“We could not be more excited to bring world class tennis back to the West Side Tennis Club, one of the most historic venues in American sports,” said West Side Tennis Club President Monika Jain. “While Forest Hills is most synonymous as the former home of the U.S. Open, the West Side Tennis Club has also hosted many Davis Cup matches.”
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