Novak Djokovic and Jane Brown Grimes, Chairman of the Board and President of the United States Tennis Association (USTA) preside over the Opening Bell to celebrate the 2008 US Open and the 40th anniversary of the Open Era.
Opening Night on August 25 will launch the celebration with an on-court ceremony highlighting the 40 US Open singles champions since 1968. Throughout the tournament, the US Open will feature additional celebrations and special tributes to past champions.
“Opening Night will be a memorable and historic evening at the US Open with the celebration of the Open Era,” said Arlen Kantarian, Chief Executive Officer, Pro Tennis, USTA. “We look forward to honoring the tournament’s rich history with some of the game’s greatest champions ever to play the game.”
Novak Djokovic bronze medalist from the Olympics in Beijing last week and the reigning Australian Open men's singles champion, finished runner-up to Roger Federer at last year's US Open.