The US Open runs from August 31 to September 13, but tennis lives in New York City year round, as evidenced by a new ESPN video highlighting some of the hidden and not-so-hidden gems of tennis circuit throughout the city. From downtown to Harlem and midtown to Brooklyn, tennis thrives in the concrete jungle – from clay courts on the Upper West Side to those tucked beneath the Williamsburg Bridge.
ESPN video shows the best places around town to play tennis
The 60-second video, titled “We Play,” is narrated by recording artist and Queens-native Nas to the sound of Kygo’s “Piano Jam.” It introduces everyday footage of nine local courts intertwined with images from the renowned Arthur Ashe Stadium. Courts featured include:
- Vanderbilt Tennis Club, above Grand Central Terminal
- West Side Tennis Club in Forest Hills, Queens
- Prospect Park Tennis Center, Brooklyn
- Brian Watkins Tennis Center, beneath the Williamsburg Bridge
- Riverside Clay Tennis, Upper West Side
- Washington Market Park court, TriBeCa
- Hudson River Park courts, Greenwich Village
- Frederick Johnson Playground courts aka “The Jungle,” Harlem
- Central Park Tennis Center, Central Park
ESPN’s first-ever exclusive coverage of the US Open – including Serena Williams’ historic quest for a calendar year Grand Slam – begins Monday, Aug. 31. Leading to ESPN’s coverage of the tournament, ESPN3 will present live the singles brackets draw Thursday, Aug. 27 at 11:30 a.m. Also, ESPN2 will air a one-hour review of Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day presented by Hess on Sunday, Aug. 30, at 1 p.m., followed by SportsCenter at the US Open at 2 p.m. to preview the tournament. The day play begins, SportsCenter on the Road – the 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. edition – will be on site with co-hosts Chris McKendry and Jay Crawford. ESPN’s new role at the US Open includes producing all 11 TV courts for the world feed, which has required key members of the ESPN Tennis Team from production and operations to be on site in New York since mid-July.