This blog post was updated on January 22, 2016.
After a weekend full of worry, US Open tennis officially kicked off right on schedule in New York City Monday morning.
With the National Tennis Center in Corona Park, Queens reported only “minimal” damage from the Hurricane Irene, Open officials decided to announce, “game on!”
The world’s best players began making their way to New York last week but were unable to practice for much of the weekend due to the adverse weather conditions.
The US Open has been played in New York City since 1978 and usually starts during the last full week of August. The two-week-long tournament draws thousands of tennis fans to Queens each year and is the final stop on the Grand Slam tournament circuit.