An Open Mind: New York's Slam has no shortage of history, but it always evolves
Tennis|September - October 2021
In the last decade, Arthur Ashe Stadium got a roof, and a new Grandstand and Louis Armstrong Stadium debuted.
David Kane

If Wimbledon preserves tennis’ past, the US Open can lay claim to framing the sport’s future. Since it moved to Flushing Meadows in 1978, the final Grand Slam of the season has aimed to be first in many important metrics.

The US Open was the first major to offer equal prize money and incorporate electronic line-calling. It has tinkered with on-court coaching, allowing qualifiers and juniors to consult with their teams during changeovers, and is continually revamping its grounds. It was, most poignantly, the first big event to go on after COVID-19 shut down all sports.

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