In addition to the killer two-handed backhands and late-match heroics, tennis fans will be able to enjoy local restaurants, hotels, and cultural venues during this year’s U.S. Open. For the sixth year in a row, the USTA has donated a kiosk to the Queens Tourism Council and the Queens Chamber of Commerce for the entire tournament, which runs from Aug. 27 to Sept. 9 at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Volunteers will give away guidebooks, swag items, and information on dining and hospitality while also offering tips and inside information on the borough.
Elected officials, USTA representatives, local civic leaders, and employees of the Queens Chamber of Commerce and the Queens Tourism Council gathered in front of the kiosk for a group photo on Aug. 22. From left to right are Queens Tourism Council Director Rob MacKay, City Council Member Peter Koo, Assemblyman Jeffrion Aubry, District Leader Martha Taylor, City Council Member Karen Koslowitz, Queens Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Thomas Grech, City Council Member Francisco Moya, Carter Katz, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, USTA Chairperson, President and CEO Katrina Adams, Assemblymember Aridia Espinal, USTA COO Daniel Zausner, Queens Economic Development Corporation Executive Director Seth Bornstein, Queens Chamber of Commerce Manager of Committee Development Brett Swanson, and Queens Chamber of Commerce Outreach Coordinator Victoria Ferreira.
In the background is the newly renovated Louis Armstrong Stadium, which now features a retractable roof, an innovative design with natural ventilation to keep fans cool and dry, and 14,000 state-of-the-art seats with enhanced vision lines and shade.