The 136th US Open has come to a close in New York and we have two brand new champions at Flushing Meadows in Stan Wawrinka and Angelique Kerber. As expected, the final Grand Slam of the year did not disappoint the fans. During two weeks of engrossing tennis, the tournament also saw several historic moments, great victories, shocking upsets and even the emergence of new stars.
We also many greats suffer disappointing exits – Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams, Andy Murray etc while Venus Williams continued to defy age and reached the 4th round where she was thwarted by Karolina Pliskova, one of the stars of the tournament.
There were encouraging signs of the ‘Gentle Giant’ Juan Martin del Potro returning to his best after a superb run to the quarterfinal. There were also controversies and shocking incidents. We try and revisit some of the lasting moments from US Open 2016:-
10) Arthur Ashe stadium debuts a new roof
Some of the best tennis players in action was not the only attraction at Flushing Meadows this year. A new retractable roof over the Arthur Ashe stadium debuted this year, making it an all-weather court.
The roof, work on which began in 2011, was built over the current Arthur Ashe Stadium to create the look as if it was built during the original stadium construction. Designed by famous architectural firm Rossetti, the roof takes 20 minutes to open and close.
The roof was used for the first time during Nadal’s 6-0, 7-5, 6-1 second round victory over Andreas Seppi.